First Avenue Zoom Backgrounds

While our doors are temporarily closed to the public, we wanted to offer a way for you to picture yourself at one of our venues in the meantime. Check out the following collection of images that you can use to spice up your next Zoom happy hour. Hopefully these backgrounds provide you with a little comfort while live music is on pause. Whether it's the rare sight of the checkered dancefloor in the First Avenue Mainroom, the refined rustic feel of the Turf Club, the exposed brick interior at the Fine Line, the hidden glory of the Clown Lounge, or the illumination of the Palace Theatre's signage, we hope you find something to carry you over to the next time you're able to join us in person.

Take a look at your options individually by scrolling below, or download them all by clicking here. Learn how to set your own Zoom background by clicking here.

First Avenue Mainroom


First Avenue Exterior


First Avenue – Vote 2020


First Avenue Checkered Floor


First Avenue Greenroom


First Avenue Stars


Transmission at First Avenue


7th St Entry


7th St Entry Doorway


Palace Theatre


Fine Line


The Fitzgerald Theater


The Clown Lounge


The Clown Lounge Crowd


Turf Club


Turf Club Interior


Support Local Music


The social distancing required to combat the spread of COVID-19 is creating incredibly challenging circumstances for so many, with a disproportionate impact on the hospitality and event industry workforce—including local musicians and those already at or near the poverty line. Many in our community are experiencing lost work and wages.

Some silver lining: while we mind our distance from one another, many throughout the community are banding together to offer support to peers who may need it. And there are many ways to support these artists and event industry professionals.

1) Donate to The Twin Cities Music Community Trust

The Entertainment Industry Relief Fund directly supports night staff, door staff, bartenders, security, stage crew, tour managers, merch sellers, and local musicians affected by this unprecedented interruption of everyday life. Please contribute if you’re able.

2) Buy Artist and Venue Merch

One of the best ways to support artists and industry infrastructure like venues is to buy merch. Check out this coloring book Har Mar Superstar and his friends made or shop the Fifth Element online store before this Minneapolis staple closes its doors for good, where you’ll be supporting a local record shop, record label, and artist all at once. Since music sales aren’t what they used to be in the age of streaming, this is one of the best ways to support artists and venues at any time – but especially while live music is on hold.

We'll keep a running list of local bands and artists here, along with their prefered form of support. Are you a local musician? Fill out this form with your info on how your fans can continue to support you during this time.

3) Tune In

Music is still bringing us together and creating a sense of community, even if it is on our small screens from the couch. Stay up to date on nationally acclaimed artists and their live streams by frequently checking guides from outlets like Paste, Relix, and Pitchfork. And be sure to follow local artists on social media to see when they’re going live. Remember to toss them some digital dollars in the form of Venmo or PayPal if you can.

4) Share What You’re Listening To

Put together a playlist. Follow ours. Spread the word about your favorite bands – bonus points if they’re local. Music-sharing and discovery engenders a music community, which helps keep artists engaged and afloat. You might not currently have access to dig through record store crates, but streaming is a music-discovery oyster, and you’ve got nothing but time.

5) Support Artists' Independent Funding

Many artists are turning to Patreon as a way to connect with their fans while live music is paused. Haley’s got one. Doomtree just launched theirs. Cloud Cult is at the Patreon party too. Search for your favorite local bands on social media to find out the best ways to support them – whether it’s Patreon, PayPal, or GoFundMe. You can also support local artists by purchasing their music and merch directly from their websites or their Bandcamp page.

Social distancing means distant. Stay at home, so we can all hang again soon.

Rescheduled Shows: Cowboy Mouth, Brandy Clark, Hunny, The Dip, King Buffalo, Sampa the Great

Cowboy Mouth at the Fine Line | July 23, 2020

New Orleans-natives Cowboy Mouth offer some hometown flavor in their songs, mixing a rowdy rock sound with bits of twang and a dose of brass accompaniment. Proud of their Louisiana roots, the band aims to bring a helping of Mardi Gras to their live shows, turning it from a concert into a party.



Brandy Clark w/ Alex Hall at the Fine Line | August 13, 2020

Brandy Clark’s new album, Your Life is a Record, received an influx of gleaming reviews upon its release at the beginning of March – from The Wall Street Journal to The New Yorker to Pitchfork. For a genre that comes across as decidedly divisive for many music fans, it’s especially uncommon for a country artist to appeal to new fans without isolating their old ones. And yet, Brandy Clark appears to be on that unique trajectory with her folksy country music.



Hunny w/ Heart to Gold in the 7th St Entry | August 29, 2020

HUNNY crafts bright-eyed, danceable pop music perfect for sunny summer days or cool autumn evenings. In the vein of The Neighbourhood or Bad Suns, HUNNY makes refreshing guitar-friendly synth-pop that bounces around with an earnest energy that goes unmatched.



The Dip at the Fine Line | September 23, 2020

Fans of St. Paul & the Broken Bones will surely find plenty to enjoy when spinning The Dip. Whether it’s juicy hooks, blaring horns or soaring vocals, The Dip brings a modern feel to their retro-soul sound, resulting in an inimitable blend of new and old.



King Buffalo in the 7th St Entry | September 24, 2020

King Buffalo take stoner rock to another level with monster guitar riffs and slow-burn ballads driven by their psych-heavy sound. Some songs drift along quietly, while others power ahead with defined purpose. Their two-in-one style makes for a rock concert not to be missed.



Sampa the Great at the Turf Club | September 29, 2020

From Africa to Australia, Sampa the Great’s journey has taken her all over the world in her young rap career – and you can hear it in her music. Sampa puts a unique twist on the ‘90s hip-hop feel with strokes of jazz and African music laced into her production.


Rescheduled Shows: Johnny A., Kevin Krauter, Anna Burch, The Ballroom Thieves

Amid the uncertain circumstances facing the Twin Cities and beyond, First Avenue has been working diligently to reschedule shows. Take a minute to look ahead at some of the upcoming shows we have officially rescheduled for late summer and fall. Tickets purchased for all original dates will be honored at rescheduled shows.



Johnny A. at the Turf Club | June 8, 2020

For decades Johnny A. has bounced around renowned music circles as support for artists like Bobby Whitlock and Peter Wolf while also building a name for himself as a skilled and technical guitarist. From CCR to the Yardbirds, Johnny A.’s credentials as a distinguished guitar-place run the gamut.



Kevin Krauter in the 7th St Entry | August 1, 2020

Kevin Krauter will be a familiar name for anyone familiar with the band Hoops, the lo-fi tape-rock band he helped form back in 2015. Krauter’s solo work, including his new album, Full Hand, has a delicate yet pointed feel to it, mixing quiet synths with gentle guitar that makes for an ethereal sound.



Anna Burch w/ Long Beard at the Turf Club | August 27, 2020

At a time when women are absolutely dominating the singer-songwriter category, Anna Burch deserves a spot near the top with the likes of Lucy Dacus, Snail Mail, Phoebe Bridgers, and the like. Her sophomore album, If You’re Dreaming, is out on April 3.



The Ballroom Thieves in the 7th St Entry | September 2, 2020

The Ballroom Thieves’ minimalistic folk music has garnered a swift and strong following thanks to songs like “Only Lonely” and “Bees.” The trio splits vocals among the three of them – accompanied by cello, acoustic guitar, and gentle percussion – that makes for folksy music with a sleek commercial appeal.

Upcoming Rescheduled Shows

Amid the uncertain circumstances facing the Twin Cities and beyond, First Avenue has been working diligently to reschedule shows. Take a minute to look ahead at some of the upcoming shows we have officially rescheduled for late summer and fall. Tickets purchased for all original dates will be honored at rescheduled shows.

Mattiel at the Turf Club | July 25, 2020

Very few rock bands are capable of striking the elusive sweet spot between jagged and commercially accessible. In just two albums, Mattiel has demonstrated her knack for analog-driven rock ‘n’ roll accompanied by radio-friendly melodies and hooks. Her 2019 album, Satis Factory, affirmed her skillset as a songwriter while merging a honky-tonk feel with garage rock sensibilities.

Crash Test Dummies at The Fitzgerald Theater | September 27, 2020

Built on the foundation of lead singer Brad Robert’s bass-baritone vocals, Crash Test Dummies have made a brooding brand of soft rock for roughly 20 years. Much like fellow contemporaries Collective Soul and Better Than Ezra, Crash Test Dummies rose to acclaim in the ‘90s adjacent to the grunge music that also stemmed from some of the prolific rock bands of the ‘80s.

Waxahatchee w/ Ohmme at The Cedar Cultural Center | October 15, 2020

One week ahead of the release of her fifth studio album, Saint Cloud, we’ve confirmed a rescheduled date with Waxahatchee—the folksy project powered by singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield. Initial glimpses of Waxahatchee’s forthcoming release promise more of the refined Americana sound that Crutchfield has mastered over the course of the past decade.

Openers Ohmme are veteran players with several projects and collaborations under their belt. Their voices are on both Coloring Book and Surf by Chance the Rapper, they played with Vic Mensa in high school, they’ve worked with producer Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, they provided string arrangements for Whitney, and they sang back-up vocals for Twin Peaks. This show is now all ages.

Killer Queen at The Fitzgerald Theater | October 18, 2020

Killer Queen is as close as it gets to the real deal. However inimitable Freddie Mercury may seem, Killer Queen is somehow able to capture the magic of Queen’s legendary sound and bring it to today’s stage—flashy and fantastic in the best way.

Amyl and the Sniffers at the Fine Line | October 24, 2020

In the short time Amyl and The Sniffers have been around, their riotous live shows have risen in the ranks of notoriety among venues across the globe. Bringing an Aussie flair to a ‘70s punk sound, Amyl and The Sniffers bring an energy to the stage that is simply unmatched.

King Krule w/ Lucy at First Avenue | December 1, 2020

King Krule’s Mainroom debut has been confirmed for the latter end of 2020. Driven by a grimey blues-rock foundation and Archy Marshall’s thick English accent that oozes with emotion, King Krule sounds unlike any other. His new album, Man Alive!, builds on the character Marshall has been cultivating since his first release as a precocious 16-year-old nearly 10 years ago.


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