It's been another amazing year for live music. Some of the First Avenue staffers shared our favorite shows of 2013:

Kristin Backman, Art Director

  1. The Postal Service at Roy Wilkins (8/2)
  2. Foals (5/20)
  3. Skrillex (11/10)
  4. The Replacements at Riot Fest in Chicago (9/15)
  5. Shout Out Out Out Out in the Entry (3/28)
  6. Vampire Weekend at The Orpheum (8/5)
  7. Mumford & Sons at the Xcel (9/4)
  8. Yeasayer (7/27)
  9. Slow Magic at the Triple Rock (10/4)
  10. !!! at the Fine Line (6/7)

Taylor Bakken, Administrative Assistant

  • Butch Walker
  • Jessie Ware
  • The 1975
  • Volcano Choir
  • Andrew McMahon
  • Darwin Deez
  • Lucius
  • Janelle Monae
  • Dan Croll
  • The Lone Bellow

Damon Barna, Director of Operations

  1. Django Django, (3/16)
  2. Black Joe Lewis (10/1)
  3. D'Angelo & ?uestlove (6/23)
  4. Deltron 3030 (10/20)
  5. Father John Misty (10/11)
  6. Gary Clark Jr. (11/20)
  7. Ahleuchatistas in the Entry (9/24)
  8. Dent May in the Entry (9/18)
  9. JD McPherson (5/4)
  10. The Joy Formidable (4/3)

Ellie Bjorklund, Box Office Coordinator

  • Sam Amidon (Cedar)
  • Cheatahs (Entry)
  • Bill Callahan (The Record Bar, Kansas City, MO)
  • Mike Doughty (First Avenue)
  • The Postal Service (Roy Wilkins)
  • Bill Callahan (Cedar)
  • Yo La Tengo (First Avenue)
  • My Bloody Valentine (Roy Wilkins)
  • Future Islands (City Plaza, Raleigh, NC)
  • Spiritualized (City Plaza, Raleigh, NC)

Māchen Davis, Marketing Manager

  • Beyonce at the Xcel Center
  • Prince at the Dakota
  • ?uestlove & D'Angelo at First Ave
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs at First Ave
  • Doomtree Saturday Blowout at First Ave
  • Fleetwood Mac at The Xcel Center
  • Crystal Castles at First Ave
  • Dave Chappelle at First Ave
  • The Breeders at First Ave
  • Now, Now at the Triple Rock

Eli Flasher, Booking

  • Prince - Late Show, Dakota Jazz Club (1/17)
  • Chelsea Wolfe, King Dude - Triple Rock Social Club (1/18)
  • Savages - Club Seville, SXSW (3/15)
  • Follakzoid - Holy Mountain, SXSW (3/16)
  • Jim James - First Avenue (4/21)
  • Fleetwood Mac - Xcel Energy Center (4/28)
  • Femi Kuti & Positive Force - Central Park Summerstage, NYC (6/23)
  • France Camp, Teenage Moods, Hollow Boys, Frankie Teardrop - Entry (12/14)
  • Luella and the Sun - Entry (7/08)
  • Willie Nelson & Family - MN Zoo Amphitheater (7/16)

Dayna Frank, Owner

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs at First Ave
  • ?uestlove & D'Angelo at First Ave
  • Prince at the Dakota
  • First Avenue's SXSW day party
  • Willie Nelson at the Zoo
  • Savages at T-Rock
  • Neil Hamburger at Turf Club
  • xx/Polica at Radio City
  • Lumineers at the Zephyr

Jon Gilbert, Website Coordinator

  • Savages (7/21 Triple Rock, 9/17)
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs (6/24)
  • Major Lazer (3/20)
  • Quintron & Miss Pussycat (10/8 Entry)
  • The Breeders (12/12)
  • Mouse on Mars (2/25 Entry)
  • JC Brooks + Escort (11/17 Triple Rock)
  • Fuzz (10/20 Turf)
  • Radkey (9/11 Entry)
  • Widowspeak + Pure Bathing Culture (10/30 Entry)
  • Goblin + Zombi (11/30 Varsity)
  • Harmontown (1/24 Varsity)

Mahtaab Khanjari, Administrative Assistant 

  • Alabama Shakes - Cabooze
  • MS MR - Lollapalooza
  • Jake Bugg - Fine Line
  • Vampire Weekend - Lolla
  • Polica - First Avenue
  • Alt-J - First Avenue
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs - First Avenue
  • Half Moon Run - Entry
  • Mumford and Sons - Xcel Energy Center
  • Crystal Castles - First Avenue

Nate Kranz, General Manager

  • Prince.  Dakota.  1/17
  • The Specials.  Stubbs BBQ (Austin, TX).  3/13
  • Wavves & FIDLAR.  7th St. Entry.  3/29
  • Trampled By Turtles & Atmosphere w/ special guests Southwire and Moon & Pollution.  Bayfront (Duluth, MN). 6/29
  • Jake Bugg.  Fine Line.  8/5
  • The Replacements.  Riot Fest (Chicago).  9/15
  • Jimmy Cliff.  First Avenue.  9/19
  • Black Crowes.  Myth.  10/9
  • Dave Chappelle (early show).  First Avenue.  11/11
  • Big Chief Monk Boudreaux.  D.B.A. (New Orleans).  11/30

Caleigh Souhan, Booking Assistant

  1. Riot Fest in Chicago (9/14)
  2. FLAG w/T.S.O.L., Cerebral Ballzy, Off With Their Heads (9/13)
  3. FIDLAR w/France Camp, Frankie Teardrop in the Entry (11/2)
  4. The Breeders w/Speedy Ortiz (12/12)
  5. Melt Banana, w/Brain Tentacles, Gay Witch Abortion at Triple Rock (10/23)
  6. High On Fire & Kvelertak w/Windhand (11/30)
  7. Hanni El Khatib w/Bass Drum Of Death at Triple Rock (9/29)
  8. Saint Vitus w/Pallbearer, Hookers in the Entry (10/7)
  9. Fuzz w/CCR Headcleaner, Gay Witch Abortion atTurf Club (10/20)
  10. Sebadoh w/Octa#Grape at Turf Club (11/11)

Rad Ass Honorable Mentions:
- Slut River, Miami Dolphins, Serenghetto at Fuck Mountain (8/21)
- Wild Child Record Release Show w/Animal Lover, Ugly Motors at Hack Factory (11/25)

Emi Widmark–Sundahl, Operations Manager

  • Tegan & Sara
  • Django Django
  • Major Lazer
  • Clutch
  • Crystal Castles
  • Dragonette & The Presets
  • Chvrches
  • Gwar
  • Toro Y Moi
  • Doomtree Blowout