Every year, First Avenue office staff members put together their top 10 shows of the year list. This year, we switched it up and had everyone pick the top 5 shows of 2016, top album of 2016, and the #1 show each staff member regretted missing.  Here are everyone’s picks! 

DAYNA FRANK, OWNER

Top 5 Shows:

Thermals / Turf Club / April 19
Beyoncé / TCF Bank Stadium / May 23
Sturgill Simpson / First Avenue / June 5
Revolution, Night 3 / First Avenue / September 1
Prince dance party, first night / First Avenue / April 21
Trampled By Turtles / Palomino at Hall’s Island / September 17

Best Album:

Solange, A Seat at the Table

#1 Missed-show Regret:

Descendants / First Avenue
Margo Price / Turf Club

NATE KRANZ, GENERAL MANAGER

Top 5 Shows:

Ween / 1st Bank Center (Broomfield, CO) / February 23
Woods / Turf Club / April 26
Sturgill Simpson / First Avenue / June 5
William Tyler / Eaux Claires Music Festival
Neil Michael Hagerty and The Howling Hex / Turf Club / September 7

Best Album:

Not sure

#1 Missed-show Regret:

No regrets!

MIKE KILLEEN, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Top 5 Shows:

Dave Chapelle / First Avenue / June 1
Har Mar Superstar / Turf Club / April 6
Hannibal Buress / Turf Club / March 10
Lucius / First Avenue / March 23
Gary Clark Jr. / First Avenue / April 2

Best Album:

Hamilton Cast, Hamilton - Original Broadway Recording

#1 Missed-show Regret:

Margo Price / Turf Club

ASHLEY RYAN, MARKETING DIRECTOR

Top 5 Shows:

Protomartyr / 7th St Entry / March 12
Beyoncé  / TCF Bank Stadium / May 23
Sturgill Simpson / First Avenue/ June 5
Descendents / First Avenue / September 15
Band Of Horses / State Theatre / November 12

Best Album:

I refuse to choose between these:

Chance The Rapper, Coloring Book
Beyoncé, Lemonade

#1 Missed-show Regret:

Against Me! / Fine Line

ELI FLASHER, TALENT BUYER

Top 5 Shows: 

Savages / Fine Line / May 21
Swans / Fine Line / July 14
Nicolas Jaar Live / First Avenue / November 7
Sturgill Simpson / First Avenue / June 5
Ween / Roy Wilkins Auditorium / September 15

Best Album:

Nicolas Jaar, Sirens

#1 Missed-show Regret:

The Cure / Xcel Energy Center

DAMON BARNA, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Top 5 Shows:

Dave Chapelle / First Avenue / June 1
Acid Mother’s Temple / 7th St Entry / March 27
Shellac / First Avenue / April 1
Napalm Death, The Melvins, and Melt Banana / First Avenue / April 24
Dark Star Orchestra / Minnesota Zoo / June 23

Best Album:

A Tribe Called Quest, We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service

#1 Missed-show Regret:

The Muffs / Turf Club

EMI WIDMARK-SUNDAHL, OPERATIONS

Top 5 Shows:

Metallica / U.S. Bank Stadium
Wolfmother / First Avenue
The Cure / Xcel Energy Center
Clutch / First Avenue
Babes In Toyland / First Avenue

Best Album:

Sia, This Is Acting

#1 Missed-show Regret:

Sia / Target Center

LORI SIMONSON, ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT/OFFICE MANAGER

Top 5 Shows:

Shellac and Mono / First Avenue / April 1
Napalm Death, The Melvins, and Melt Banana / First Avenue / April 24
Opeth and The Sword / First Avenue / October 10
Clutch and Zakk Sabbath / First Avenue / October 21
Godspeed You! Black Emperor / First Avenue / February 11

Best Album:

The Sword, Low Country

#1 Missed-show Regret:

Boris and Earth (cancelled)

ISAAC BURTON, GRAPHIC DESIGN AND MARKETING ASSISTANT

Top 5 Shows:

Dilly Dally / 7th St Entry / April 26
Peach Kelli Pop / Turf Club / May 24
Show Me The Body / 7th St Entry / September 18
Eric Andre / First Avenue / September 10
Alex G and Porches / 7th St Entry / June 6

Best Album:

Mitski, Puberty 2

#1 Missed-show Regret:

PWR BTTM / 7th St Entry

STACY SCHWARTZ, COMMUNITY MANAGER AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Top 5 Shows:

The Thermals / Turf Club / April 19
The Struts / First Avenue / May 4
Ryan Adams / Basilica Block Party / July 9
The Cactus Blossoms / Moves & Music (Lake Harriet) / August 26
The Revolution / First Avenue / September 2

Best Album:

Beyoncé, Lemonade

#1 Missed-show Regret:

The dance parties after Prince died / First Avenue

JESSICA HUNTLEY, BOX OFFICE COORDINATOR

Top 5 Shows:

Willie Nelson & Family / Vetter Stone Amphitheater (Mankato, MN) / June 28
The Twilight Hours / Black Box / May 7
Flight Of The Conchords / Orpheum Theatre / June 17
Miracle Legion / Codfish Hollow Barnstormers (Maquoketa, IA) / July 23
Dolly Parton / Grand Casino (Hinckley, MN) / July 20

Best Album:

The Cactus Blossoms, You’re Dreaming

#1 Missed-show Regret:

The Dolan Twins

JON GILBERT, WEBSITE COORDINATOR

Top 5 Shows:

Skating Polly with Catbath, Cherry Cola, Bruise Violet  / 7th St Entry / March 30
The Thermals with Summer Cannibals / Turf Club / April 19
Eric Andre / First Avenue / September 10
Quintron and Miss Pussycat / Turf Club / October 13
Patton Oswalt / Mystic Lake / November 11

Best Album:

White Lung, Paradise

#1 Missed-show Regret:

Comedy Bang Bang / Pantages

GABBY COLL, MARKETING COORDINATOR

Top 5 Shows:

Beyoncé  / TCF Bank Stadium / May 23
Peter Gabriel and Sting / Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI) / July 10
Radiohead/LCD Soundsystem / Lollapalooza (Chicago, IL) / August 3-6
Sigur Rós / Orpheum Theatre / September 29
Sia / Target Center / October 13

Best Album:

Chance The Rapper, Coloring Book

#1 Missed-show Regret:

Ms. Lauryn Hill / First Avenue

AOIFE ROBERTS, MARKETING AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Top 5 Shows:

Meat Wave / 7th St Entry / February 5
The Thermals / Turf Club / April 19
Toys That Kill / 7th St Entry / July 29
The Muffs / Turf Club / August 26
Descendents / First Avenue / September 15

Best Album:

Martha, Blisters in the Pit of my Heart

#1 Missed-show Regret:

Built To Spill / First Avenue

ALEX NOWAK, TURF CLUB OPERATIONS

Top 5 Shows:

Maggie Koerner with Ballroom Thieves / Turf Club / October 6
Rebelution / First Avenue / November 10
The 4onthefloor with The Yawpers / Turf Club / November 26
Zuluzuluu / 7th St Entry / November 10
Gallant / Turf Club / September 12

Best Album:

The Weeknd, Starboy

#1 Missed-show Regret:

Flume / Skyway

SAWYER DERRY, TURF CLUB OPERATIONS

Top 5 Shows:

Jeremy Enigk  / Turf Club
Swans / Fine Line
Quintron and Miss Pussycat / Turf Club
Ween / Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Allah-Las / Turf Club

Best Album:

Ty Segall, Emotional Mugger

#1 Missed-show Regret:

Opeth with The Sword / First Avenue