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Minnesotan To Meet: First Avenue’s Dayna Frank

While many stars are born, others are made. No building could tell that story better than First Avenue. From the outside walls to the performers who take the stage, it’s the spot that put Minneapolis on the map in world of music. But it’s the person running the venue who is truly a shining star to her family and hometown.

10/21/2014

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Local Music Tap: Lizzo-Caroline Smith Duo @ First Ave. To Benefit Women’s Group

Indie-R&B artist Caroline Smith and alternative hip-hopper Lizzo are teaming up for a couple of special shows at First Avenue this weekend – with proceeds benefiting a women’s equality group. Recently, the pair released a […]

09/23/2014

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30 Years On, Apollonia Kotero Looks Back At ‘Purple Rain’

It’s been 30 years since “Purple Rain” graced movie screens in theaters across the country. The film launched Minnesota’s own Prince into the national spotlight, and introduced the world to his co-star Apollonia Kotero.

06/27/2014

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Local Music Tap: Vaudeville CD Release @ First Ave

Minneapolis-based Vaudeville, an alternative rock band on the rise, is celebrating the release of its newest album with a performance at First Avenue’s Mainroom this weekend. Just like its name implies, Vaudeville is a band […]

05/15/2014

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Curiocity: Q&A With Ingrid Michaelson

You’ve most likely heard her songs on hit TV shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” or providing the soundtrack to models dancing in Old Navy commercials. But if that’s your only exposure to Ingrid Michaelson’s music, you’re certainly missing out.

04/22/2014

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Best Bars For Different ‘Scenes’ In Minnesota

Here are four trendy, artsy and exclusive watering holes where hipsters hang out, plus one bonus bar for everybody.

04/17/2014

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Activists For Sunday Liquor Sales Hold Fundraiser With St. Paddy’s Day Concert

Some proud beer drinkers took a rather festive approach Monday to the legislative process. The group Minnesota Beer Activists is trying to raise money to push for alcohol sales on Sunday. Several bands offered to play in support at First Avenue in downtown at a four-hour concert on St. Patrick’s Day.

03/17/2014

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Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Entertainment Ideas

Don’t have your plans set yet to ring in 2014? We’ve found some fun ways to celebrate the end of 2013 and a fresh start in 2014. Here are some great events for all ages you can still drop in on today and tonight.

12/31/2013

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Best 2014 New Year’s Eve Concerts In Minnesota

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? If your resolution is to ring in 2014 with great music, then we’ve got just the places for you to celebrate.

12/12/2013

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Musicians Gather To Honor Promoter Sue McLean

Musicians from across the country came together Saturday night to celebrate the memory of one of the most prominent women in the Twin Cities music scene. Sue McLean passed away this spring after a long battle with breast cancer. She made a name for herself as a music promoter and had a talent for discovering up-and-comers. Many of those artists she introduced to the public held a concert in her honor at First Avenue in Minneapolis

11/23/2013

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One-On-One With Dave Chappelle

Comedian Dave Chappelle is enjoying a successful run at First Avenue and he’s also added an extra show at the Pantages Theatre Saturday. Today, Chappelle sat down with his good friend, WCCO reporter, Reg Chapman to talk about his week in Minneapolis, what’s ahead and more.

11/14/2013

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Shooting At Epic Nightclub Leaves 1 Dead

One person is dead after a shooting in the Minneapolis Warehouse District. Police were called to Epic, near First Avenue and Fifth Street, just before 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

11/03/2013

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Best Cheap Live Music Venues In Minnesota

Catch tons of live music from talented artists for less when you take advantage of the best cheap live music venues in Minnesota.

10/31/2013

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Local Music Tap: ‘Har Mar’ @ First Ave

It’s going to be a Har Mar Superstar day in Minneapolis Friday. Yes — quite literally.

09/19/2013

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Snag Some Old Swag At First Avenue’s Garage Sale On Aug. 25

Hats, old T-shirts and some video tapes that are 30 years old are just a few of the items being sold at one nation’s most popular music venues. The First Avenue garage sale is set for noon on Sunday, Aug. 25. “We’ve actually never done a garage sale before,” Kristin Backman said.

08/14/2013

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