The AMP is a youth center and music venue in
Minot, North Dakota. Established in October 2003by Billy Luetzen, the AMP provides a place for local youth to hang out, and on most weekends stages a concert. The AMP has hosted a number of acts with a wide range of music. Generally concerts have a lot of punk rock, but also a number of indie and acoustic acts play there. The AMP has also organized film and theatre events on occasion.
The AMP has generated a national reputation for its atmosphere; it's rather rare for there to be an all-ages venue and hangout in any city, and especially rare for one to accept such a wide range of talent.
This makes the AMP stand in contrast with its spiritual predecessor, the
Liberty Social Tavern.
September 2003, following the closure of the Liberty, a group of people met at the Minot Public Library to discuss the future of live performance in the city. This Artists, Musicians, and Performers group lead by Billy Luetzen quickly found a suitable location for a new venue with an owner willing to allow preemptible use of the building for virtually no cost; an abandoned fur and leather factory in northeast Minot.
The building, at 412 3rd St NW, was renovated over the course of a month, and the first concerts were held in October 2003.
2004the AMP was forced to close its first location when the building owner found a renter. The AMP organized events at the Taube Museum of Art and the Minot Public Library over the summer of 2004.There was considerable controversy over a show held in September 2004, a film festival put on by a travelling group espousing borderline criminal activities.The manager of the Dakota Square Mall asked the president of Minot State Universityto cancel the show, which was then scheduled to take place at the Aleshire Theatre on campus. Following a row with several professors over censorship concerns the show was reinstated, but by that time a room at the Public Library had already been rented and fliers advertising the show at the Library, and the show took place there.
Soon thereafter, the building of a closed downtown curio and scrapbook shop was offered to Luetzen, and on
30 October 2004the AMP held its first concert at a location downtown, at 106 South Main Street. In February 2006, the owner sold the building to developers, and the AMP was forced to return to finding venues for shows on an ad-hoc basis.
Notable acts that have played at the AMP
The Robot Ate Me
The White Foliage
* [http://www.ampminot.com The AMP website]
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