VENUES & EVENT PRODUCTION
FIRST AVENUE & 7TH ST ENTRY (MINNEAPOLIS)
First Avenue and 7th St Entry is a live music lover’s dream. With two separate performance spaces in one building, the historic venue offers something for everyone. The Mainroom, a 1550-person capacity live music venue hosts over 200 concerts a year, while 7th St Entry, a 250-capacity venue hosts over 350 concerts annually.
First Avenue is more than just four walls, a soundboard, and a stage; it is the epicenter of live music and entertainment in Minneapolis. Having celebrated its 45th Anniversary in 2015, First Avenue is one of the longest running independently owned and operated clubs in the United States, as well as one of the most celebrated. San Francisco has the Fillmore. New York has the Bowery Ballroom. D.C. has the 9:30 Club, and Minneapolis has First Avenue and the 7th St Entry.
First Avenue is a music club committed to fostering arts, music and entertainment excellence; it is, quite simply, what a music club should be.
TURF CLUB (ST. PAUL)
Now operated by First Avenue, the Turf Club is a live music venue in St. Paul, Minnesota boasting a full kitchen and the Clown Lounge, its unforgettable basement bar. The building has housed various businesses, including a grocer in the 1920s, and a dance hall in the 1940s and 50s.
The Turf Club has a main floor with a 350-person capacity, and hosts over 200 shows a year. The Clown Lounge, a 60-capacity sized room, has a small stage perfect for intimate events.
The Turf Club underwent major renovations when purchased in 2014, including brand new sound and lighting system, major infrastructure upgrades, and the addition of the restaurant that now allows diners to enjoy happy hour, dinner, and weekend brunch.
PALACE THEATRE (ST. PAUL)
The century-old Palace Theatre, located in downtown St. Paul, was originally operated as a vaudeville theatre in 1916. The building was converted to a movie theater in 1920s, until it was shut down in 1984. Currently undergoing a $15 million renovation, when it opens the Palace will be the only theater in the Twin Cities devoted to contemporary music, with a planned capacity of 2,700 people. The Palace Theatre is owned by the City of St. Paul, and will be co-managed and co-operated by First Avenue and JAM Productions.
First Avenue curates events outside of our owned properties, often booking shows at other venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul like Northrup Auditorium, the Historic Hennepin Theaters, the Fine Line, Triple Rock Social Club, and Assembly Hall at the Women’s Club. Additionally we produce, talent buy, and offer marketing support for a number of events including Hall’s Island, Festival Palomino, and Summer Set Music & Arts Festival.
THE DEPOT TAVERN
Minneapolis music lovers know First Avenue and 7th St Entry as their city's premier venue. Right next door to that self-described "Downtown Danceteria," is another local institution: The Depot Tavern. The bar and restaurant offers a First Avenue and 7th St Entry history course on its walls, which are adorned with photos and memorabilia from past shows.
The Depot enjoys its own identity, too, however, thanks to a menu of gourmet burgers, sandwiches, and hot dogs that earns new legions of fans every day. Applewood smoked bacon and American cheese hide inside the Inside Out burger's half pound of Angus beef, while maple mustard accompanies the diamond corndog, which comes wrapped in pepper bacon. Vegan and vegetarian dishes abound, too, ensuring that no appetite goes unsatisfied.
We’re proud to foster relationships with artists and musicians at all stages in their careers, whether it’s playing their first show at the 7th St Entry, selling out multiple nights in the Mainroom, or shooting one of the greatest music films of all time in our room (Purple Rain, if you couldn’t guess).
By presenting local acts almost every night of the week at the 7th St Entry, First Avenue has been the launching pad for local bands like Atmosphere, Hüsker Dü, the Replacements, Semisonic, Soul Asylum and more.
First Avenue has additionally been a stepping stone for national musicians including Joe Cocker, U2, Eminem, Tina Turner, Black Flag, The Ramones, Depeche Mode, Bo Diddley, Lucinda Williams, Metallica and, of course, Prince. Working with bands like these, First Avenue strives to support the best that live music has to offer.
WRITERS, ARTISTS, & PHOTOGRAPHERS
Artists of all mediums take their place in the history of First Avenue.
With the original First Avenue In House magazine, many writers received their first chance at publication, with the fortunate task of writing about what they loved most.
Local artists have contributed original designs for show posters, magazines, flyers, and First Avenue inspired artwork. Additionally, photographers have shot iconic photographs over the years in our venues and outdoor festivals.
Check out this great piece from Pitchfork highlighting our very own Dan Corrigan (a photographer by night and First Avenue caregiver by day):
With the help of artists and musicians, First Avenue has been able to host countless benefit shows for local and national non-profit groups, including Pastor Paul's Food Shelf, The Red Cross, the Twin Cities Music Community Trust, and many more. First Avenue has also worked with area schools to hold workshops and lectures for students interested in music and related fields.
First Avenue has also been the place for local and national political events. Vice President Walter Mondale, Governor Jesse Ventura, Mayor RT Rybak, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, and US Congressman Keith Ellison have used First Avenue as their soapbox during their runs for office. Many youth vote rallies have been held at the club, educating young voters on the importance of their vote and educating them on issues of local and national significance. First Avenue brings the fun back into politics and civic responsibility. Where else in the world could you see a city's Mayor take a stage dive?
Looking to host your next event with us? Contact us and we’ll see what we can do for you.