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First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis
First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis

First Avenue and 7th Street Entry are a cornerstone of the Midwest music scene, and serve as an historic landmark of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The nightclub has been the jumping point for virtually every single band to come out of the Twin Cities, including The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Prince, Soul Asylum, Semisonic, Atmosphere, Dillinger Four, The Jayhawks and many others. Its stage has been graced by a tremendous number of important bands/artists from 1970 onward, as exemplified by the silver stars that adorn the black building's exterior. First Avenue also appeared in Prince's 1984 film Purple Rain. Image File history File links w:First Avenue nightclub in w:Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... Image File history File links w:First Avenue nightclub in w:Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... The Midwest is a common name for a region of the United States of America. ... Wikibooks Wikiversity has more about this subject: School of Music Look up Music in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Wikicities has a wiki about Music: Music Music City : a collaborative music database All Music Guide: includes a comprehensive and flexible Genre and Style system MusicWiki: A Collaborative Music-related encyclopedia Science... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Downtown Minneapolis as viewed from the Stone Arch Bridge Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota and the county seat of Hennepin County. ... A nightclub (often dance club or club, particularly in the UK) is an entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. ... The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. ... The Replacements (often called The Mats by fans) were a seminal alternative rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... Hüsker Dü was an influential rock music group from Minneapolis/St. ... The cover to Princes 2004 album Musicology. ... Soul Asylum was an indie band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1983, perhaps best known for their song Runaway Train. The group was an outgrowth of a previous band, Loud Fast Rules, formed in 1981 by guitarist Dan Murphy, bassist Karl Mueller, and drummer Dave Pirner. ... Semisonic is an alternative rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... Slug and Mr. ... Dillinger Four is an influential American punk band based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... Hailing from Minneapolis, the Jayhawks are a band playing a style of alt-country and roots rock with elements of folk. ... 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Purple Rain is a 1984 movie directed by Albert Magnoli and written by him and William Blinn. ...


Initially named The Depot (after the building's former function as a Greyhound bus station), the club got its start when owner Alan Fingerhut opened the doors for the very first time on April 3, 1970 to showcase a two set evening with Joe Cocker. A few years later, as disco reigned over the land, the venue was renamed Uncle Sam's and was part of a national franchise of the American Events Company. Steve McClellan and Jack Meyers, the club's financial manager, took the driver's seat in 1978, shortening the club's name to Sam's for a brief time before finally renaming it as First Avenue. McClellan opened the 7th Street Entry in 1981. Country of origin uncertain; possibly England or Egypt Classification and breed standards The Greyhound is a breed of dog used for hunting and racing. ... April 3 is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 272 days remaining. ... 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Joe Cocker (born May 20, 1944) is a pop music singer. ... Disco is an up-tempo style of dance music (generally between 110 and 136 beats per minute) that originated in the early 1970s, mainly from funk and soul music, popular with audiences in larger cities all over the world, and derives its name from the French word discothèque (meaning... 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The club was shut down in late autumn of 2004 for financial reasons, causing panic to strike in music fans in Minnesota and elsewhere. Fortunately, the issues were quickly resolved (even the judge presiding in the bankruptcy case noted, "I gather there is some urgency about this"), and the club was reopened by co-owner Steve McClellan, resuming shows after only one week. Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak promised to do a stage dive at the first show after reopening, but ended up dropping the idea when he discovered that the show would feature the band Gwar. Rybak had previously crowd surfed at a "Rock for Democracy" event earlier in the year. 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... State nickname: North Star State Other U.S. States Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Governor Tim Pawlenty Official languages None Area 225,365 km² (12th)  - Land 206,375 km²  - Water 18,990 km² (8. ... A judge or justice is an appointed or elected official who presides over a court. ... R.T. Rybak Raymond Thomas Rybak, Jr. ... Stage diving is the act of getting onto the stage at a concert while a band is playing—usually heavy metal or punk rock—and then diving into the crowd below, hoping they will catch you. ... War Party album cover GWAR is a satirical thrash metal/punk band formed in 1985-1986 by a group of artists, musicians, and dancers at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. ... A crowd surfer Crowd surfing describes the process whereby a person is passed from person to person, transferring the person from one part of the concert venue to another, above everyones heads, with everyones hands supporting the persons weight. ...


Locally, First Avenue and the 7th Street Entry are respectively referred to as The Mainroom, and The Entry.


External links

  • First Avenue and 7th Street Entry
  • The City Pages Oral History of First Avenue

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