goofy’s upper deck

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goofy's upper deck
second avenue north and glenwood ave
minneapolis, minnesota 55403

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In 1982, a punk rock music venue opened above the blue collar/strip club called Goofy's (the location is now a parking ramp for the Target Center). Called Goofy's Upper Deck, the venue's stage was only six inches above the floor, encouraging intense interactions between performers and their audience.

In September of 1983, Goofy's Upper Deck Closed for good after "a certifiable riot." Local band Final Conflict had the power shut off during their set, and there were about 100 angry punk rockers left without a show. One smoke bomb, $3,000 worth of damages, a dozen MPD officers, one arrest, and one excessive-force complaint later, Goofy's Upper Deck was shut down.

To view an interesting local newscast from 1983 on Minneapolis punk rock, click here.

Photo: Minnesota Historical Society