First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom

First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom.
First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom.

Now on view!

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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.

Comment cards on a wall.

First Avenue merch and resources

Book cover for First Avenue: Minnesota's Mainroom.

The First Avenue book

First Avenue: Minnesota's Mainroom
Chris Riemenschneider

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.

First Avenue gray t-shirt with state of Minnesota outline

Other books and gear


First Avenue building in 1930s as a bus depot

MNopedia articles

First Avenue & 7th Street Entry

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.

See all MNopedia articles related to First Avenue.

Storied.

Video

Storied: Heyday

First Avenue photographer Dan Corrigan captured legendary moments in Minneapolis music, from the Replacements to Babes in Toyland.

First Avenue: Closer to the Stars

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.

Prince: Before the Rain

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. 

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