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Prince almost joins Gayngs at First Avenue

It seemed destined to be the event of the year: Gayngs' first-ever public performance, themed "The Last Prom on Earth," on a Friday last May. As the mellowed-out sounds of the band wafted from the First Avenue stage, chatter from the audience was abruptly halted by a new buzz: "He's here! I saw him!" Those connected at the brainstem to Twitter quickly learned that the Purple One, the Artist Currently Known As Prince, had been seen walking into the club, guitar in hand, before he took up residence near the green room just off the stage and requested that a tech plug in his guitar. Were we about to be treated to an unannounced secret guest performance? Had Gayngs mastermind Ryan Olson arranged all this—were his connections that vast? As the story goes, Prince played along offstage briefly, then unplugged and left the building. Was he peeved no one formally announced his presence? Or was he so impressed by the performance that he felt his skills weren't needed? We'll never know. That Prince—such an enigma.

Best Concert Venue (2014) First Avenue

Best Sound Team (2014) First Avenue

Best Concert Venue (2016) First Avenue

Best Concert Venue (2013) Cedar Cultural Center

Best Rock Club (2013) First Avenue

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Touring) (2012) tUnE-yArDs at First Avenue

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Local) (2012) Doomtree Blowout 7 at First Avenue and 7th St. Entry

Best Dance Club (2012) First Avenue

Best Dance Night (2012) Get Cryphy

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Touring) (2011) Ms. Lauryn Hill at First Avenue

Best Bathroom Graffiti Women's lower-level bathroom, Turf Club

Best Billboard MIA's graffiti-bombed Titian

Best Bridge Franklin Avenue Bridge

Best Bus Route The 3A

Best Celebrity Sighting Lady Gaga at the Turf Club

Best Cemetery Oakland Cemetery

Best Charity Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Best Corner University Avenue and 13th Avenue Northeast

Best Festival Ten Second Film Fest

Best Fight The dog park controversy at MLK Park

Best Free Activity Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Best Graffiti Oh, the Manatee!

Best Hipster Hangout Turf Club

Best Lake Lake Harriet

Best Local Blog The Adventures of Johnny Northside

Best Local Boy Made Good Vincent Kartheiser

Best Local Girl Made Good Aditi Kapil

Best Local Website MNBeer

Best Mayor R.T. Rybak

Best Neighborhood Lyn-Lake

Best New Hipster Hangout Hell's Kitchen

Best Old Building The Pioneer Building

Best Park Mears Park

Best Place for a First Date Lawn bowling at Brit's Pub

Best Place to Break Up McDonald's parking lot

Best Place to Get Lost Crosby Farm Park

Best Place to Make Out Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Best Place to People-Watch The Brass Rail

Best Place to Take Out-Of-Town Guests Nye's Polonaise Room

Best Place to Waste an Afternoon Minnehaha Park

Best Politician Amy Klobuchar

Best Scandal The Trevor Cook Affair

Best Sightseeing Indian Mounds Park

Best Sign of Spring Sunken pickup trucks

Best State Fair Food Cheese curds

Best Street Nicollet Avenue South

Best Suburb Eden Prairie

Best Tweeter @NickColeman

Best Undiscovered Neighborhood Victory Neighborhood, Minneapolis

Best View Prohibition at the Foshay

Best Villain Steve Drazkowski