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Big ups to First Ave for being named one of Playboys' 10 Best Rock Clubs in America!
Thus sayeth Playboy:
"This former Greyhound bus depot has endured numerous name changes, shifts in ownership and even a bankruptcy since holding its first concert in 1970. But its permanent place on the historic register of American rock clubs has never been in doubt. This place is a temple to Minneapolis rock, and not just because the spacious, circular room and stellar views make good shows seem transcendent. It's been a testing ground and steady supporter since the '80s, when locals like the Replacements, Hüsker Dü and Prince became national stars. Twenty years later, the club hasn't atrophied. The Entry Stage is just that for today's younger, inexperienced bands. And many current Minnesota acts -- like the Hold Steady, Tapes 'n Tapes and the rappers on powerhouse label Rhymesayers -- rose through the ranks via some well-received shows at First Ave."
My first show at First Ave was shortly after I moved here. I saw Built to Spill. I walked around the venue before the show started and thought of Purple Rain. I had heard "First Ave" so frequently, that the place had a kind of mythic reputation for me. Things I really love about First Ave (aside from the killer acts): giant bottles of beer, intimacy, hanging out in front with the smokers, the neato stars painted on the building.