First Avenue Purchasing Fine Line

 

First Avenue is excited to announce the purchase of the Fine Line Music Café. First Avenue takes over ownership, management, and exclusive booking of the live music and event venue, located at 318 N 1st Avenue in Minneapolis, on October 1, 2018. Private events will continue to be organized by Minneapolis Event Centers. 

“We’re incredibly excited to add the Fine Line to the First Avenue family, and really—more importantly—to keep this local venue independently owned and operated,” said First Avenue Owner, Dayna Frank. 

The Fine Line is located in the heart of the Warehouse District in downtown Minneapolis. The club is in the main level of the historic Consortium building, which was built in 1907. Originally opened as a music venue in 1987, the Fine Line has hosted thousands of influential acts over their 30-plus year history, including the Pixies, Buddy Guy, and Lady Gaga. The 650-capacity room is a uniquely-sized venue, offering a platform for up-and-coming artists, and intimate underplays for major acts.  

Future bookings will be live-music driven, with the addition of dance parties, live comedy, and live podcasting performances. Upcoming September shows include toe., Japanese Breakfast, ABBARAMA, Blitzen Trapper, Frankie Cosmos, and HONNE.

“After nearly 20 years of promoting concerts at the Fine Line, we are very excited to take over the management of the venue. While there are no immediate major changes planned, we are really eager to get in there, assess the room, and start to make scaled improvements. We want to put the First Avenue mark on it, and we want to do it right,” notes First Avenue General Manager, Nate Kranz.    

First Avenue owns and operates the 250-capacity 7th St Entry, the 350-capacity Turf Club, the 650-capacity Fine Line, 1550-capacity First Avenue Mainroom, and co-operates the 2400-capacity Palace Theatre. Additionally, First Avenue promotes concerts and events at numerous venues in Minnesota, including but not limited to, Amsterdam Bar & Hall, The Cedar Cultural Center, The Historic State, Orpheum, and Pantages Theatres in Minneapolis, and the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, as well as Surly Brewing Festival Field. 

First Avenue is celebrated as one of the longest-running, independently-owned and operated clubs in the United States. Its commitment to independence is led by the belief that unique, locally-owned live music rooms are imperative to the health of the community and economy. First Avenue is dedicated to promoting artistic expression in voices old and new, to provide a community by offering artists a stage and a mic, and fans a place to gather. 

As the musical epicenter of the Twin Cities, First Avenue—and by extension, the venues it owns and operates—opens its doors to all of the thousands of music lovers who are First Avenue's past, present, and future. 

Graphic Design Internship

We’re looking for dedicated, detail-oriented, and web-savvy individuals to join our Marketing team. Must be proficient in Adobe Suite, and passionate about music. Writing and photography proficiency a plus. Internships may be applied towards college credit.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to emily@first-avenue.com.

Assisting and reporting directly to the Graphic Designer in completing various tasks related to Graphic Design (print and web) and marketing for the live entertainment industry. This is an on-site, unpaid internship for a currently attending or recent graduate from a graphic design/communication program or similar.

Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) required
  • A solid understanding of visual hierarchy and other principles of design
  • Passionate about live music is a must
  • Knowledgeable about local, national, and international artists—strong understanding of music genres and cultures
  • Ideal candidate must be organized, detail-oriented, and timely
  • Video experience a plus (After Effects, Premiere, Final Cut Pro, etc.)
  • Photography experience a plus but not required
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and major social media platforms
  • HTML experience a plus
  • Writing experience a plus

General tasks and projects:

Design:

  • Creating and laying out promotional artwork for print and digital use on upcoming events at First Avenue using preapproved marketing materials. Adhering to standard style guides consistent with First Avenue branding and identity, as well as artist management agencies.
  • Example design projects include: creation of show posters, Instagram videos, and various online ads per platform/management needs
  • Assist in proofreading newsletters, website, and physical promo

Physical Promo:

  • Manage the upkeep of poster, flyer, and calendar displays throughout the club
  • Lead organization of physical promo storage

Miscellaneous Tasks:

  • Conduct short interviews with upcoming artists
  • Research artists and upcoming shows for content to be posted on social media including press clips, artist social media postings, music videos, song releases, etc.
  • Craft language for social media postings to be published across various social media accounts
  • General archival needs
  • Filing and assisting with daily administrative duties as needed

Requirements:

  • Interns are expected to commit 6–10 hours/week. Please note that these hours must fall within regular office hours (11 a.m.–7 p.m. weekdays); flexible
  • Send resume with samples of work or a link to a digital portfolio

Get To Know: Strange Relations

Ahead of Alex Lahey with Strange Relations in the 7th St Entry on August 1, we got to ask Strange Relations a few questions. Read what they had to say below:

Abi Nesbitt: What have you been up to this summer?

Strange Relations: We have been writing a lot and balancing a lot of big life changes. We just bought our first home (which has room for us to set up a rehearsal space and a very low-key recording situation), so that’s a whole new world for us. This summer marks 1 year since we switched to two-piece mode (as a drum and bass live outfit), so we’re excited to keep writing new material and introducing new and old listeners alike to the new set up and vibe. We’re wrapping up the final details on a new EP we’re looking to put out soon too! Definitely keeping busy. 

AN: Both of you have been releasing music together under Strange Relations since 2013. How does your bedroom demo era compare to where you are now as a band?

SR: We honestly never really had a solid bedroom demo era as a band. We headed into local studios only a few months after forming and writing our first batch of songs because we wanted to hit the ground running. In the past we’ve suggested we’re a “hi-fi bedroom pop” band, but that was meant as a bit of a sarcastic reference to the fact that all bands start out in their bedrooms or practice spaces or what have you and then most elevate the demo to its ultimate release form during the end recording. I still write demos in my bedroom all the time tho, I’m still a Garageband meets Voice Memos kid haha. But as a band… we’ve grown so much over the years, cycled through different members and traveled a bit and shifted our goals as musicians. I would say that if anyone thinks they know what we’re about according to where we were even a year ago, they should check back in and see where we’re at now as a two-piece band. One thing we’re proud of is never settling and continuing to push ourselves and evolve our sound.

AN: Your subgenre “diary rock” feels spot-on—your sound doesn’t quite fit the typical molds of pop, post-punk, or even shoegaze. Has it been important for you to not lump yourselves within the sounds of others?

SR: I think “diary rock” is just a nod to the personal thrust of our work, especially my lyrics. We’ve never been very into heavily branding ourselves, for better or worse. I’m just trying to express the truths of my own experience and try to sort through the world as I see it, in a way that hopefully connects to other people. Our name “Strange Relations” was meant to reflect our place and our intention to not subscribe to a particular sound or image even, to try to make it clear from the outset that we’re out to blend genres and speak to uncomfortable truths and not allow ourselves to be pigeon-holed. But it’s not an act of defiance so much as an honest take on our methodology and perspective; we draw influences from all over and aren’t particularly interested in fitting idealized projections, which isn’t the easiest way to make an impact as a band these days but is what we set out to do. 

AN: What are some art/cultural influences for your music? 

SR: We draw a lot of inspiration from music & cinema we love. Our first full-length -Centrism was inspired by one of my favorite films, Water Lilies, by Celine Sciamma; the artwork, in particular, was directly inspired by that work. We drop lyrical or thematic references like little cultural artifacts, and draw from a range of influence, from the Pixies to Heathers (film) to Barbara Kruger & Cindy Sherman (visual artists) to Catholicism. We are also inspired by our friends’ passion and work, from the local dance group Kelvin Wailey to local curator/musician Brent Penny (of the queer party series ‘Daddy’) to bands like Cayetana, Bad Bad Hats, and JBrekkie.  

AN: Editorial You ends with one of my favorite tracks “Long Haul.” What’s the long haul look like for Strange Relations?

SR: Thank you! That song is definitely a rallying cry to stick it out. We are just looking forward to playing more shows, making new friends, connecting with people, and writing & releasing more songs. Maro & I are ride or die, so no matter what fate holds in store for SR, we’ll be together playing music, writing, making visual art, putting ourselves and our work out there. And hopefully, we’ll be playing many First Ave shows for years to come! 

Blog by Abi Nesbitt (Marketing Intern)


GET TO KNOW: LOVE SEQUENCE

Ahead of Love Sequence's EP Release Show in the 7th St. Entry, we got to ask them a few questions. Read what they had to say below, and don’t miss them in the Entry on July 23.

Abi Nesbitt: How did the four of you come together to form Love Sequence?

Love Sequence: The current lineup and the name LOVE SEQUENCE have existed for about two years, but we were friends long before that and would play in different bands with each other. We all had a lot of mutual friends and were immersed in the same small music scene stemming from our high school. Before Nolan joined the band and we became LOVE SEQUENCE, we were called 'SKYLINE'. Before that, we were a prog-cock band called 'Lipofucktion'. 

AN: What were some of the first shows you ever played together, and how have you evolved since then?

LS: Our first shows were inconsistent and messy. There was a lot of forgetting song structures, hitting the wrong pedals, pretending voice cracks didn't happen, and failing at mic stand tricks. But it was very clear to us from the start that we had the seeds of something special. We knew we could be great if we just kept doing it. Even though the mistakes still happen occasionally, we've gotten a lot tighter and a lot more confident in our live performance. We've become a very high-energy live band and always try to play with enough bombast for an arena, even though we play small rooms. 

AN: Your latest EP, Sexual Enlightenment, fuses together what sounds like 80s funk and modern electronic. Do you have any musical influences for your unique sound?

LS: Making the SEXUAL ENLIGHTENMENT EP, we were inspired by loads of stuff, not just music. Musically, we drew from artists such as LCD Soundsystem, Prince, Michael Jackson, The National, The 1975, Rush, Steven Wilson, Kendrick Lamar, etc. We were inspired by each other. We were inspired by the turbulent periods of our lives. We were inspired by sex. We were inspired by psychedelics. We were inspired by Ram Dass and other teachers. We were inspired by the state of modern culture in America. It truly feels like everything going on in our lives somehow influenced the EP. 

Your lyrics from Sexual Enlightenment are so liberating. What is it like to come together to write lyrics around these raw emotions?

Writing the lyrics was a long, complicated process. At times it was liberating, but at other times it was really dark. I knew that with this EP I wanted to be honest to the point of embarrassment, so I was forced to spend a lot of time looking at the parts of myself that I usually avoid looking at. I lost sleep over some of the lyrics on the EP. I was extremely uncomfortable when I wrote some of the lyrics, and I still am to this day. But that's how I know we made something special. The point isn't to be comfortable. The point is to great. You can't be both at the same time. 

Do you believe in love at first sight?

I suppose I believe in love at first sight just because you can't really prove anyone wrong about it. It's unfalsifiable, so you either believe it or you don't. However, I do think that when you're in love it's easy to romanticize your memories and claim you 'knew right away' when, really, you didn't. I feel like I've experienced it a few times, but nothing ever came of it. What does that say?

AN: Everyone has got to start somewhere. What advice would you give to aspiring young bands looking to get themselves out there? 

LS: It's hard to give advice to young bands trying to get themselves out there when we are still one such band. We're still figuring it out as we go. But if I were to impart some wisdom onto my younger self, it would be, "you think you're working hard, but you're really not. Work harder than you think you need to." I still say that to myself a lot. I guess that's what I'd say to other bands too, if they really wanted advice from a peer.

Blog by Abi Nesbitt (Marketing Intern)

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