Minnesota History Center's '9 Nights of Music' canceled tonight, Mill City Live in limbo due to government shutdown

The effects of the government's failure are still rolling out this week, as Governor Mark Dayton and the GOP continue their contentious budget negotiations today and Minnesota enters its fourth day of statewide shutdown.

The Minnesota History Center has announced that tonight's "9 Nights of Music" kick-off with Salsa Del Sol has been canceled, and future events will be canceled if the shutdown continues. The free "9 Nights of Music" series was scheduled to take place every Tuesday in July and August, and the History Center reports that it drew an estimated 12,000 last summer.

Additionally, the Mill City Live series, which is set to launch its 2011 season this Thursday with a performance by Chris Osgood and the Mill City Rockers, will be called off if the shutdown persists through the rest of the week. As we reported last week, this year's Mill City Live series was curated by Jim Walsh and features iconic acts spanning five decades of Minnesota music history.

Twin Cities historic sites and museums affected by the shutdown include the Minnesota History Center and Mill City Museum in addition to Historic Fort Snelling, James J. Hill House, Alexander Ramsey House and the Minnehaha Depot. You can keep up with the Historical Society's events at their website.

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