Hands down, First Avenue is the best place to see a concert if you're ever in the Twin Cities. The price is always low, typically $10-20 dollars [US] and there are no extra fees if you purchase from a local record store. I've seen quite a few bands here when they were no so well known. The place only holds about 300-400 people I would guess and you're so close to the band you can see them sweat.
If you've ever seen the Prince movie "Purple Rain" the concert footage was all filmed at First Avenue.
The stars on the building exterior are all of the bands who have performed there in the past. Some notable appearances: Metallica, Queen Latifa, Joe Cocker, Billy Idol, Beastie Boys, Motorhead [seen once], Anthrax [seen twice], White Zombie [seen once before they broke up], Big Head Todd & The Monsters [seen once] and many many many more. I'd like to take a photo of all of the stars some day, but that will be down the road someday.
If you ever get the chance, I urge you to see a concert here. Check their concert listings at first-avenue.com and be sure to check out their history page as the building was once a Grey Hound Bus Depot.
Yup, great entertainment. Lots of different venues. Saw the Buena Vista Social Club there and glad I did since so many of the performers have since gone to the "great beyond."
This sounds like a fine thing to do when visiting your city. I bet I'd always remember the experience, no matter who was performing.
Buena Vista Social Club! How incredible. The docu-movie they made about them is one of my all-time favorites. So much talent, so richly blessed, so AMAZING!
First Ave IS truly an amazing venue. It is so intimate and personal and there is always such and intense vibe regarless of who is playing. Here's my list performances I have seen there:
Mighty Mighty Bosstones
(met the band afterwards- so cool!)
Sat outside for the entire sold-out Smashing Pumpkins show hoping to catch a glance of Billy!
Awesome memories. This is definitely a "don't miss' for music aficionados!
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