Best Upcoming Concerts to Attend in Minneapolis


Alex Sharp, Contributor

As the world continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the live music industry is slowly but surely making a comeback. Minneapolis is no exception, with a variety of exciting concerts scheduled to take place in 2023. From big-name pop stars to rap stars to indie bands, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some of the most anticipated concerts coming to Minneapolis in the upcoming year.

One of the biggest shows on the calendar is Taylor Swift’s performance at US Bank Stadium on June 23rd. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is known for her endearing pop-country tracks, and her live shows are a spectacle to behold. This show is part of Swift’s “The Eras” tour, which is named for her many eras of music spanning over a decade. She’ll likely be performing music from all of these eras, so long-time Taylor Swift fans should not miss this show.

Another pop star that is sure to draw a big crowd is John Mayer, who will be playing at Xcel Energy Center on April 1, 2023. Mayer has become a household name thanks to hits like “New Light” and “Gravity,” and his live shows are known for being light-hearted and personal. If you want a good time without the chaos mosh pits and addition of great music, this show is your best bet.

Rap and Hip-Hop fans won’t want to miss Future’s show at the Target Center on April 8, 2023. One of rap’s most critically acclaimed acts, Future’s concerts are known for being high quality and high intensity. The tour, titled “Future and Friends,” will also feature artists Don Toliver and G Herbo, two popular rappers who have been gaining more and more traction recently. This is a must-see for Rap fans, as Future only tours ever so often and will likely perform his big hits, such as “Thought it was a Drought” and “Mask Off.”

Another must-see concert is the legendary rock band The Red Hot Chili Peppers, who will be playing at U.S. Bank Stadium on April 8, 2023. The band has been around for over three decades and is responsible for some of the most iconic songs in rock history. They aren’t alone in this show either – they’ll be joined by the Strokes, an equally iconic band who is known for their song “Last Night.”

For fans of electronic music, DJ Illenium will be playing at The Armory on June 9 and 10, 2023. Illenium is one of the biggest names in EDM, and his live shows are known for their high-energy and infectious beats. Be sure to catch this show if you want some crazy light displays paired with head-banging classics like “Takeaway.”

In addition to these big-name concerts, Indie-rock fans may enjoy Weezer and Modest Mouse at the armory on June 13, 2023. Weezer is known for their song “Island in the Sun,” and Modest Mouse is an established indie rock act that has captivated the nation for years with songs like “Float On.” If all the aforementioned big-time acts aren’t for you, then this concert may be your answer.

As always, it’s important to note that many concerts may have restrictions in place due to the ongoing pandemic. It’s always a good idea to check the venue’s website for the most up-to-date information before purchasing tickets.

Overall, the music scene in Minneapolis is looking strong in 2023 with a diverse range of concerts and performers coming to town. Whether you’re into pop, rock, indie, or electronic music, there’s sure to be a show that will pique your interest. So why not support live music and check out some of these upcoming concerts? As the late Prince, who was a Minneapolis native, once said, “Music is medicine. It has the power to heal. You don’t have to understand it. It just has to move you.”