#FacesOfFirstAvenue: Amanda

First Avenue: Hey Amanda, tell me the story of how your parents met.

AA: My dad (Curtiss A) was opening for Prince one night and my mom was bartending. It went something along the lines of my dad asking my mom to dance, or Prince suggesting that they should dance. But they met, had my sister and then they had me.

FA: Your dad was opening for Prince?

AA: Yup. Prince would call and say he made some new jamz or something, and he wanted to come down and play them, but he’d be like “I’ll be there at midnight.” So when people say, “Your dad plays forever!” it’s because he’s used to filling up time… playing “Yesterday” seven times.

FA: What do you want to do “when you grow up”?

AA: I haven’t really nailed that down yet.

FA: What *don’t* you want to do?

AA: I know I don’t want to work in an office, or be “just a server.” I was thinking that I’d probably go back and get some sort of business degree and maybe eventually open a restaurant. I’m marrying someone with a culinary degree.

FA: Where did you meet your fiancé?

AA: Here, at First Avenue. We worked together while he was going to culinary school.

FA: That makes two marriages.

AA: Yup. We owe something to First Avenue, or maybe they owe something to us! I wouldn’t exist. I’m convinced I was probably conceived here for my natural magnetism to this building. But that’s horrifying… I did also make a slightly horrifying joke to (owner) Dayna Frank that my first childbirth would be a water birth in the Mainroom. [laughs]

FA: That’s so gross! So unsanitary!

AA: I went to a bridal expo the other day and every time I passed one of those boudoir photo booths I’d go “ICK absolutely not!” Well, guess who won second prize of a boudoir shoot anyway? Me.

FA: So you’re gonna do it?

AA: I’m going to email them and ask if my fiancé can do it for me instead.

Look for Amanda if you’re going to pass out at the club. She’ll fight tooth-and-nail to keep you from touching that nasty floor, even if she jokes about birthing a kid on it.

Tickets On Sale This Week: Oct 23, 2014

ON SALE: Friday, October 24 at 11:00am CT

Elliott Brood 7th St Entry SAT FEB 7

ON SALE: Friday, October 24 at noon CT

A Tribute To The Replacements Mainroom &
7th St Entry
I AM MPLS! Mainroom THU DEC 4
Run Westy Run Mainroom FRI DEC 26
Dr. Dog Turf Club THU FEB 5
Dr. Dog Mainroom FRI FEB 6
Dr. Dog Mainroom SAT FEB 7
Sleater-Kinney Mainroom SAT FEB 14


Mark Mallman | Botzy
Schoenburg | Panther Ray
7th St Entry SAT OCT 25
The Revival | Les Jupes
Greg MacPherson | SC Mira
7th St Entry TUE NOV 4
Aaron & The Sea | Tired Tongues
MAKR | Fort Wilson Riot
7th St Entry THU NOV 20
Profresher | Meinong’s Jungle
Upstanding Hoodrat | Alien Brain Food
7th St Entry THU NOV 27
Dillinger Four | Pink Mink
Whatever, Forever | No Skin
Turf Club FRI DEC 12
Dustin Thomas 7th St Entry FRI DEC 19
Ariel Pink Fine Line MON FEB 16

This Week in the Entry: Oct 22, 2014

Wednesday: Southside Desire Record Release Show

Southside Desire check all the boxes that get them called a soul band, with layered backup harmonies, chick-chick guitar, damp ghost-noted snare, and muted bass. But there’s a Midwestern punk rock grittiness that sets them apart from neo-soul bands. All of the members of the band grew up at basement punk shows and those ethos and aesthetics are reflected in this band. The self-titled Southside Desire is a completely Midwestern soul, pop and punk-rock album in the best way. Recorded in several studios over a year, there’s a new variety of sound and instrumentation on this record. A song has crashing layers of guitars and keyboard while the next is just piano and vocals. Lead singer and principal songwriter Marvel Devitt’s lyrics have grown more insightful: at once sweet and biting with each song a story. The punk rock, new wave and power-pop influences are more prominent, mixed with Mellow Mafia smoothness and Brill Building songwriting science.

Sounds like: Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, The Drifters, Dessa

Thursday: Burger Records Caravan of Stars Tour

Thursday brings the latest slate of up-and-coming bands representing the cassette-devoted Fullerton, CA-based label Burger Records to the Entry. 2014’s line-up brings lady garage-punk trio The Coathangers from Atlanta, veteran Caravan of Stars post-millennial punks together PANGEA from LA, catchy garage pop foursome Mozes And The Firstborn from the Netherlands, and the latest project from San Juan-based Davila 666 frontman AJ Davila, who released his solo debut Terror/Amor earlier this year on Nacional Records. Los Angeles’ lo-fi dream-pop trio Cherry Glazerr will join up with the Caravan of Stars tour here in Minneapolis in what promises to be a raucous evening of high energy throwback rock & roll befitting the carefree D.I.Y. attitude that Burger has built its brand on (albeit in their own laid back manner). Should be loads of fun!

Sounds like: Black Lips, Nobunny, Ty Segall, Shannon & The Clams

Friday: Speedy Ortiz | Ex Hex (ft. Mary Timony)

Friday sees a double dose of female-fronted alt-rock bands gracing the Entry stage with Massachusetts-based Speedy Ortiz and Ex Hex, the latest group from ever-prolific indie rock mainstay Mary Timony (Autoclave, Helium, Wild Flag). Taking on the moniker of Timony’s 2005 solo record, Ex Hex is a power trio that describes themselves as “what your older brother’s friends listened to.” Speedy Ortiz’s indie rock revival style takes plenty of cues from Timony’s 90s-era output, which makes this co-headline tour a natural pairing. Local vets Buildings are supporting.

Sounds like: Marnie Stern, The Breeders, Sleater-Kinney, The Ramones

Mark Mallman | Botzy | Schoenburg | Panther Ray

Saturday’s show features such a variety of local artists that it could be called an accurate snapshot of the diverse music community that call the Twin Cities home. Veteran piano-rock marathon-man Mark Mallman + sometimes Cry Culture Wolf MC and general rap hustler Botzy + Paul Simon-esque Americana pop rockers Schoenburg + psychedelic indie genre smashers Panther Ray = an intriguing bouillabaisse of Minnesota music and an entertaining night in the Entry.

Sounds like: Mark Mallman, Botzy, Schoenburg, Panther Ray

Sunday: Laulu EP Release Show

Local folk group Laulu celebrates the release of their debut EP Innate this Sunday in the Entry, and they’ll have CD copies on hand to buy a couple days before it becomes available digitally online on Tuesday, Oct 28. Providing support on the bill are Denver-based dream-folk trio Ancient Mariner and soulful Duluth folk/pop outfit Portage.

Sounds like: First Aid Kit, Dark Dark Dark, Fleet Foxes, Laura Marling


#FacesOfFirstAve: Clint

First Avenue: What’s your name?

My name is Clint.

FA: Are you from here?

C: Originally, no. New Jersey.

FA: How’d you end up here?

C: I ended up here when I was in the 10th grade, with my parents. I always wanted to come here since seeing Purple Rain. I was like, “I need to come to Minneapolis so I can play hockey,” too. But that didn’t happen. Therefore, I just came here instead and got really drunk. First Ave has been a fucking joy.

FA: What do you do? Either for money or for caring, because sometimes they’re not the same thing.

C: I work for an environmental lab for money, and for caring… I love to give bread to ducks.

Bystander: I heard that was really bad to do, actually.

C: Really? Why?

Bystander: Because they can’t digest it.

FA: So you must hate ducks. You care a lot about hating ducks.

C: Hm… I care a lot about hating ducks, but I love bears, how ‘bout that? Bears are dope.

Clint doesn’t do any kind of social media because he thinks it’s the Devil. If you were a real friend, you’d pick up the phone and call him.

#FacesOfFirstAve: Otis Huber

FA: Who are you and how are you related to the club?

My name is Otis Jerome Huber. Right now I’m a waiter at the Depot, and my father has been mixing sound here for 30 years.

FA: How old were you when you started coming here unattended but not at shows?

OJH: When my parents split up and I couldn’t get other daycare, I’d come down here and watch my little brother and run around on the Mainroom floor. I was like 10 or 11… They used to have a pool table and a foosball table. Conrad (stage manager) showed me a trick about playing pool forever by putting those plastic pint glasses in the pockets so you could just keep playing for a dollar. I was a shark. I remember he could open up the foosball table and just grab the balls out, but besides that, you’d have to pay for pinball, everything. There were big pinball competitions. Lee (sound engineer) was really into it. There were three good machines on the side, basically where they raised it up where the bar is now.

FA: So you grew up, like, dickin’ around on the [club’s] floor…

OJH: Yeah. We’d be playing basketball while everyone would be trying to set up and it’d just be me and my little brother trying to go by each other and, like, do a move. But there’d be no hoop or anything and we’re just standing there dribbling. Eventually my dad would be like “HEY! We’re trying to soundcheck! You can’t be dribbling the balls anymore! Get outta here!” So we’d go roam the skyway. Or I’d go read a book at Borders [that used to be across the street].

FA: You know the club really well, so where do you want your picture taken?

OJH: How about I climb up by my dad’s drawings in the garage?


Otis doesn’t do Instagram, but find him IRL at the Depot. If you ask nicely, he’ll probably recreate the voicemail greeting Killer Mike (@killermikegto) once recorded for him.

#TBT: The Blind Shake at the Turf Club (2010)


Photos: The Blind Shake at the Turf Club
Photos of Dante and The Lobster, CoCoComa and The Blind Shake at the Turf Club (6/12/10)

Above: a very #tbt to the Blind Shake’s show at the Turf back in 2010!

Catch them tomorrow night (10/17) in the Entry and see what they’ve been up to in the meantime…

with The Hussy, American Cream, and Animal Lover

8pm (18+)
Fri. October 17, 2014 
@ the 7th St Entry 



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