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It seems that cultured music and nightclub lovers from all walks of life across the US can immediately pinpoint the name of Minneapolis, Minnesota's most historic nightclub: First Avenue.  The First Avenue Nightclub is one of the Twin Cities hottest night clubs and is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. 

 

The corner of first avenue and seventh street dates back to 1937 as a modern, well designed Greyhound Bus Station opened to great fanfare.  After the Greyhound store re-located, a Minneapolis businessman, Allan Fingerhut, envisioned the building as the perfect place for a rockclub.  After investing $150,000, Fingerhut opened "The Depot" in 1970 to great reviews across Minnesota.  Performers soon flocked to the stages, and the original First Ave Schedule included Tina Turner, Chubby Checker,  The Allman Brothers, B.B. King, Rod Stewart, Pat Benetar, The Ramones and U2--all of whom filled the 1970s Depot with great music and cheering fans.

 

In the 1980s, Steve McClellan and Jack Meyers took over The Depot (renamed to Sam's) and this era is best known for the repeated performances by local music great, Prince.  Prince developed a loyal fan base and perfected his music on First Avenue's stages, along with acts like REM, Run DMC, and Culture Club.  By the time the 90s rolled around, First Avenue had gained national attention.  It also changed with the musical times to include more house and techno music and accomadations for DJs.  The past few year have been rough for First Ave, however.  In a Twin Cities music market, First Avenue nightclub must compete with nationally-backed venues.  After briefly closing in 2004, First Ave is back in business and working on recruiting new fans and performers alike.

 

If you are interested in enjoying fine musical entertainment, First Avenue tickets are your best bet.  The First Avenue venue is hosting some great upcoming shows.  Make sure to check out the First Avenue concert schedule and then buy your First Avenue tickets safely and securely.  All it takes is a First Avenue ticket to enjoy some of the best live music that Minneapolis has to offer in a nationally loved venue.

 

The First Avenue Stage during a concert

 

 

 


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