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Please consult our scheduling calendar (Public Access Calendar for shows AND special events,) here.

The Varsity Theater is a 962 capacity venue that primarily books national touring acts and large local bands. Touring Concert and Comedy booking is handled by Live Nation. We do not rent the venue out to outside concert promoters, but we do book private and corporate events.

For renting the Varsity for other types of events, please Click Here for our Catering and Rental information.


For headlining the The Varsity the act should have played the Twin Cities market and developed a following large enough to have sold out smaller venues like Triple Rock Social Club, 7th Street Entry, etc.


If you have not played larger venues, we encourage you to start at the appropriate level venue and work your way up developing your fan base along the way. When the time comes for you to contact us, please include links to your music and reviews, and let us know about some of the shows that you have played recently. Please understand we get an enormous amount of inquiries from bands looking to support shows, headline, etc., and it may take some time to respond to each inquiry.

Most touring bands headlining at this level come as packages. If you are looking to support a show please understand that most likely the tour will not permit the venue to add anyone. You may have better luck contacting the band directly to inquire if they would like an additional support band. In general, we do not put together bills from scratch.

If your band is ready to headline The Varsity, please put together a 2-3 artist bill of bands that would draw well together. Then email us with the proposed bill and a date range that you are interested in playing — we require a proximity clause of 30 days on either side of the show date, 30 mile radius. Please look at our Public Access scheduling calendar and check the date(s) you are interested in before emailing us. If a date shows a “hold” or multiple “holds” the day may still be available, but is less likely than a date that doesn’t have any holds. Contact:

Do NOT phone us, send us messages through Facebook, Twitter, or Myspace (it’s back!) or any other social media to be considered for booking.



Our sister venue and restaurant, Loring Pasta Bar, also books dinner-friendly lo-fi  Jazz, Gypsy Jazz, classical, flamenco, tango, and other genres of world music during the dinner hour, and late nights on special occasions. Please see our Loring Pasta Bar music calendar here:

If you are interested in playing at the Loring, contact John Devine:

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