So Minnesota: Kato Ballroom

There are many places across Minnesota to see a concert but one venue has an incredible history tied to the early days of rock ‘n’ roll.

The Kato Ballroom in Mankato is a Minnesota music landmark.

Several big names have performed at the Kato Ballroom over the decades, including the Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash.

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Rock ‘n’ roll legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper took the stage about a week before a tragic plane crash killed all three.

Tania Cordes bought the ballroom eight years ago.

"I love people, I like entertaining, for me it’s been a dream," Cordes said. "I knew almost nothing about the Kato Ballroom when I took it over."

After being closed for the pandemic, the Kato Ballroom is reopening for concerts, musical theater and wedding receptions.