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Mastodon is too big for the Brick; another show moves to the Myth

Posted by: Jon Bream under Music, Behind the scenes, Concert news Updated: April 24, 2012 - 4:56 PM

 

Mastodon migrates to the Myth

The Brick is doing it again. Moving another show — this time Mastodon and Opeth on May 7 — to the Myth.

In a press release, Brick general manager Jeff Kehr explained that ticket demand necessitated the move. The Myth holds 3,000; the Brick hasn’t officially announced its new capacity because they are doing renovations (it was 2,000 to begin with in March) but we’re guessing that it’s closer to 1,300.

That is the sixth Brick show to be relocated since the high-profile new downtown Minneapolis club was opened to widespread complaints on March 19, with Jane's Addiction. Four other concerts —fun., Marilyn Manson, Incubus and Shinedown — have been moved to the Myth in Maplewood; the Shins will be shifted to the Orpheum Theatre.

A limited number of Mastodon tickets will go on sale Wednesday at Ticketmaster and the Myth box office.

Concertgoers continue to complain about Brick concerts. Jacquie Bystrom and her 16-year-old daughter attended the show there last Thursday by rising country star Hunter Hayes.

"It was horrible," Bystrom wrote in an unsolicited email. "I asked the Brick staff beforehand if they had made changes to ensure safety and they assured me it would be fine because they only sold 1,200 tickets, but the pushing on the main floor was so bad, we had to leave in order to avoid harm.

"Please let people know that this venue is still a problem. At one point, I screamed at the top of my lungs for security to help and they didn’t. I told the Brick staff when we walked out early and they said "thank you and come back again" (with a smile). I don’t think they are taking this problem seriously."

Bystrom did not request a refund because she won her tickets from a radio station.

Update from Kehr: "The official 'new capacity' has yet to be determined. Legally, our capacity remains at 2,001. It really is the sellable capacity that we will determine once the renovations are complete.We are erring on the side of caution so that we do not overcrowd our space."

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