July 2019

Promoter Profiles: XO Sundays and TC Presents

Summer is well underway, and it’s about time that you finally do what you promised yourself you would do all year long – really get off your couch and take advantage of the great experiences that Minneapolis has to offer. Building a summer that you’ll remember for the rest of your life requires a lot of different ingredients, but one of the most important ingredients is definitely Minneapolis’s nightlife. There are a ton of great bars, clubs, and theaters in the Cities where you can enjoy drinks and shows of all kinds, but if you’re looking to lose yourself in the music and dance the night away in a sea of people, look no further than downtown at The Exchange. 

If you’ve had the pleasure of partying at The Exchange or keep up with our blog, you know we’re a lit nightclub with a massive dancefloor, two full bars, and a top-of-the-line audio system where you can let loose with delicious drinks and some of the best DJs in the country. But what you may not know is that one of the ways we ensure you get the premier nightclub experience at The Exchange is through our partnerships with elite club promoters and music promoters. Today two of our personal favorites will be in the spotlight—and most popular—partners, both of which you’ll definitely want to hear about if you’re interested in actually diving headfirst into your summer before it’s too late. 

XO sunday

XO Sundays

XO has partnered with The Exchange for ages, and this year is no different. This summer XO has already thrown a variety legit parties at the Exchange, from the Memorial Day Bash to the Gemini SZN Zodiac Bash, the 2000s Juke Jam, and the Summer Jam!, and have also brought in names like Rubi Rose to help fans celebrate the 34th Annual Eritrean Sports Festival and soccer tournament in June and July. These events were all a part of our weekly XO Sundays, hosted by Dolo Harris with music by DJ Ones. You’ll be glad to know that there will be plenty more XO Sundays to come this summer. 

In fact, the 2000s Juke Jam was the end of our 21+ XO Sundays for the summer. The return of our 18+ XO Sundays is now in full swing, and people couldn’t be happier. 18+ XO Sundays boast a free cover charge until 11 PM with an RSVP, $3 shots until 11 PM and bottle specials until midnight, as well as a variety of other bottle specials depending on the week. If you’re under 21 and have been itching to get back into the Exchange, now’s your chance! And if you’re over, well . . . you can’t be the premium drink deals and bottle service that will complete your VIP experience.

TC Presents

TC Presents

The massively popular TC Presents has been producing major festivals and concerts in and around Minneapolis and St. Paul for over a decade. They host over 80 events a year, working with giant artists like Skrillex, The String Cheese Incident, the Jerry Garcia Band, Flux Pavilion, Adventure Club, Tipper, and many more. If you partied at the Infrared Sound Festival, Amplitude, Sexy Party, Real Trap Sh*t, or the Safe in Sound Festival, you’ve seen the kind of killer events they can pull off. And so does everyone else around the Twin Cities: TC Presents consistently sells out the events they host. 

This summer, TC Presents is partnering with The Exchange and Alibi Lounge to bring you a DJ set from British dubstep trio NERO. If you’re new to NERO and want to hear what all the fuss is about before you see them with us live, check out their album Welcome Reality (2010-12), which went to #1 on the UK Albums Chart. You’ll also want to give Between II Worlds (2013-2016) a listen; its “Into the Past” was featured on the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby (2013), so you know it slaps. They’ve also worked with other big names such as Skrillex and Muse. 

The point is simple: you’re not going to want to miss your chance to throw down with some world-class musicians at a world-class venue. So come down to The Exchange to see these Grammy award-winning DJs in a 21+ show on Friday, August 19 at 9 PM. Get your tickets now at tc-presents.com!

No Excuses!

We all know how tempting it can be to stay in bed for yet another cozy night of binging the next Netflix series in our queue. But it’s SUMMER! Don’t take the easy way out. It’s one thing to skip out on any old run-of-the-mill nightclub or bar. There’s no need to settle for that, though: come see us at The Exchange for weekly events where you can make plenty of memories, and make yourself glad you decided to seize the summer before it slipped away. The Exchange is the place to be this July and August—and beyond.

Remember to check this blog to learn more about all The Exchange and Alibi Lounge has to offer, and keep your eye on our calendar so you don’t miss anything you’ll regret. So if you have any questions or want to book reservations, give us a call at 612-217-2883. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

See you on Sunday!

You Want to Be a Promoter? Step One: Private Party at The Alibi…

Private party @Alibi is always a great idea. 

That birthday bash, corporate party, or raging celebration is coming up on your calendar. Whatever the elite, private event is approaching, you will need the right venue to help you throw a thrilling fete with all the right touches. Throwing a party that is not just good, but great take a few key steps. How do you guarantee a great event? Start with a phenomenal idea! Next step is thorough planning, and make sure you are moving in the right direction from the very beginning. Get creative and choose professionals that will help you stand out from the rest.

At The Exchange & Alibi Lounge, entertainment options are on a much higher caliber than the rest of Minneapolis. Do not let the idea of planning a large event overwhelm you. Therefore, follow these steps that we laid out to ensure you throw a party that you and your guests will remember for a lifetime!

Let’s Get this Private Party Started

The first thing to do when getting started planning your exclusive private party is choosing a venue. The venue will be the backdrop for your party that will allow it to really pop. Identifying what your needs are when it comes to picking a venue is crucial: Are you striving for an intimate gathering or a grand party? No matter the size, the Alibi can accommodate with a contemporary cocktail lounge full of stunning decor, custom-designed furniture, and hand-crafted cocktails featuring the finest spirits and techniques.

It’s perfect for projecting exclusivity for your event by allowing up to 125 guests. If you are looking for something even bigger, the Exchange nightclub offers both open seating and private areas in a magnificent room with two full bars that will cater to your every need. Individuality and authenticity are significant for making a memorable event.

 Plan, Plan, Plan

To begin officially planning the event requires clear communication and transparency from both parties. In fact, the Alibi offers a full staff to be your point of contact throughout the planning process and comes with an abundance of ideas to support your extravagant party. Picking a theme for the party is a great way to kickstart your planning. The Alibi will work with transforming our venues specifically to your event.

What staff will be responsible for what, what budget are you striving for, what type of talent are you looking to hire, and what food and drinks will make it shine – the list goes on. Once you have an answer to some of these questions, you have a better way of moving forward in the planning process to success. 

 The Fun Stuff

Now for the fun touches that will really make or break this special night. We’re talking about entertainment, food, and, most importantly, drinks. Hiring the right talent is a big portion of what will bring people into your event. The Alibi has an abundance of DJ’s to choose from and two DJ booths that accompany the original white marble floors and limestone pillars from 1885 that will transfer you to another world.

The ultimate lighting and sound equipment is necessary for a fantastic night and The Alibi is equipped with a state-of-the-art Funktion One EVO sound system, a 22’ LED board, and four flat-screen TVs to enhance the experience for your guests and perfectly enrich the talent that you decide on.

Food and drinks are definitely something to think about, as well. Deciding on what menu or type of food selection to go with should be mirrored with the type of party, whether it be an extravagant private gathering or a divine, grand party. Because The Alibi offers plenty to make your night pop! There is plenty to choose from for drinks at The Alibi. Enjoy our delicious hand-crafted cocktails that will embellish our cozy leather couches or ornate bars. 

 There’s Nothing Better than private party…

If you are seeking that nightclub party vibe or an exclusive, swanky event you know you are in the right place. These steps will ensure that you will create the time of your life at The Alibi. No matter the size, a night of great drinks and entertainment in the heart of Minneapolis will give you exactly what you were looking for your guests to enjoy.

Finally, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions that you may have, as communication is key! We will be happy to work with you to tailor an experience in either space that checks all the boxes for your exclusive party. Check out The Exchange & Alibi on Instagram to see what partying at The Alibi Lounge looks like every week.

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