Your all-access pass to the stars, the shows, and the stories of the legendary club that put Minnesota music on the map.
Since 1970, First Avenue & 7th St. Entry have been at the heart of the Minnesota music scene. Celebrate the musicians, the employees, and the regulars who called First Avenue their rock 'n' roll home.
First Avenue Behind the Scenes with Dan Corrigan
Daniel Corrigan has many First Avenue stories to tell. He’s been taking pictures of iconic performers at shows in both the Mainroom and 7th St. Entry for decades. Corrigan currently works as venue staff and as First Avenue’s official tour guide.
We asked visitors to the First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom exhibit to share their best First Avenue stories with us. Here is a sampling of what they had to say.
First Avenue merch and resources
The First Avenue book
First Avenue: Minnesota's Mainroom
Where Prince and Minnesota made rock ’n’ roll history—a glorious look back at one of rock’s most storied clubs and the thousands of musicians who took the stage there.
Other books and gear
- Shop for First Avenue related items at the MNHS Shop
- Hijinx and Hearsay: Scenester Stories from Minnesota's Pop Life by Martin Keller with photographs by Greg Helgeson
- Prince: Before the Rain Photographs by Allen Beaulieu
- Complicated Fun: The Birth of Minneapolis Punk and Indie Rock, 1974-1984 by Cyn Collins
- Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis Photography by Daniel Corrigan with text by Danny Sigelman
- I Live Inside: Memoirs of a Babe in Toyland by Michelle Leon
In the late 1960s, the old Greyhound Bus Depot in downtown Minneapolis was leased with the plan to open a rock club. Since then, First Avenue & 7th Street Entry has nurtured a diverse group of musicians, both local and national.
First Avenue photographer Dan Corrigan captured legendary moments in Minneapolis music, from the Replacements to Babes in Toyland.
Watch Twin Cities Public Television's documentary First Avenue: Closer to the Stars and learn about the people who worked backstage to keep this landmark standing.
Minnesota photographer Allen Beaulieu helped shape the icon we know today as Prince. As Prince’s personal photographer and friend, he had access to Prince that few photographers have had, before or since.
Based on Beaulieu's photography book, Prince: Before the Rain, the exhibit includes album cover outtakes, live performance shots, and rare behind-the-scenes candids.See the exhibit