Best Concert Venue Minneapolis 2014 - First Avenue
The First Avenue name — just "First Ave" to most — is far more than just a reminder of which Minneapolis street sign corresponds to its location. Over the past 40-plus years, this rock club has been the site of more musical "firsts" than practically anywhere in Minnesota. The silver stars on First Ave's black exterior walls speak to the visionary booking work that has brought too many artists to count to the Twin Cities for the first time. But a number that's even harder to fathom is the amount of firsts that up to 1,500 souls in the audience experience during every show. Be it up by the speakers, at one of the bars, in the balcony, using the bathroom, picking something out from the merch table, or in the pit, inevitably a night of firsts, big and small, starts piling on. Credit the music, the crowd, and the people running the place that no night at First Ave will ever happen again in quite the same way. It keeps us coming back.