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Review and photos: Joseph and Bailen turn First Avenue into sibling central

On Saturday evening, it was sibling central at First Avenue. There is something so magical about sibling harmony. It feels effortless, natural, and seamless. The trio Bailen (brothers Daniel and David, and sister Julia) opened for Portland-based Joseph (sisters Natalie, Allie, and Meegan Closner). Having released an EP just a couple weeks ago entitled Stay […]

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Sonny Knight gets a star on First Avenue’s wall of fame

“Rest peacefully, friend,” wrote First Avenue on Instagram, sharing a photo of a star newly painted in honor of the late great Sonny Knight. The soul sensation died earlier this month at age 69, and yesterday his life was celebrated with a memorial service at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. Read the story of Knight’s life […]

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Here’s the contract for U2’s 1982 show at First Avenue

Today, Minnesota is buzzing about the show U2 have just announced for U.S. Bank Stadium on Sept. 8. As we anticipate the upcoming show, we thought we’d look back on U2’s second local show: at First Avenue on Feb. 21, 1982. They’d previously played the venue in 1981 — when it was still known as […]

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Prince fans dance the night away at First Avenue, family parties

The thousands-strong singalong to “Purple Rain” at the Memorial Street Party, right at the spot where the Kid once pulled his motorcycle up to the door of First Avenue, may have been the climax to this weekend’s celebrations of Prince’s life and legacy — but it wasn’t the end. As crews efficiently started to clear away […]

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Review and photos: Are You Local? 2017 Showcase with the Suburbs, Gramma’s Boyfriend, and Nick Jordan

Last night, First Avenue played host to the Star Tribune’s eighth annual Are You Local? Showcase — an annual show celebrating the local talent of the Twin Cities. The show boasted two well-established local acts as headliners: the longtime hometown heroes the Suburbs and the quirky post-punk band Gramma’s Boyfriend. The winner of this years Are You […]

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The Current’s Birthday Party, night two: Haley Bonar, the Lemon Twigs, ZULUZULUU, Sam Roberts Band, Monica LaPlante

The second night of the The Current’s 12th Birthday Party was greeted by a crowd buzzing with anticipation. Fresh off a successful first night of the birthday celebration, First Avenue concertgoers were excited to see what the sold-out Saturday show would bring, and it did not disappoint. The lineup included three local acts — Monica LaPlante, […]

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