First Avenue Day declared by Minneapolis mayor
Photo via First Ave's Twitter
For as long as I can remember First Avenue has been The Place. It's this way for all of us,
whether your band aspires to play the Mainroom or your Dad tells smirky stories of smoking pot in the Entry basement with the 'Mats. Purple Rain? Yes, of course (how many people's moms were there?). But also the employees, who make our pitch-black temple a little homier, and the smell, and the trough latrine, the long walk up those curved stairs, and the old cigarette dispenser the all-ages kids miss so much, the five bars, the checkered floor, how the best spot in the Mainroom is usually somewhere around the sound guy, and the Entry has so many places for a person to swing from, those weird benches with the comfy insulation, the ceiling way up there, and the mess. The mess. Thank you, First Avenue. And thank you, Mayor R.T. Rybak. Are you a GWAR fan by any chance?
Below is the full text of R.T. Rybak's proclamation:
WHEREAS; First Avenue is celebrating forty years as an independent music venue; has been committed to fostering art, music and entertainment excellence, from the avant-garde to the mainstream; and
WHEREAS; First Avenue transformed an old bus depot into an international icon and the premier downtown danceteria and music venue in the Twin Cities; and hosted performances by Joe Cocker, R.E.M, Ike & Tina Turner, Motörhead, Modest Mouse, Beck, B.B. King, GWAR, Beastie Boys, Pavement, Wu-Tang Clan, Iggy Pop, U2, Wilco and more; and
WHEREAS; First Avenue is committed to continuing its historical role as a testing ground and launch pad for local artists including Prince, The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Morris Day and the Time, Soul Asylum, Atmosphere and other Rhymesayers artists, The Hold Steady, Trip Shakespeare, The Jayhawks and many others; and
WHEREAS; First Avenue has held fundraising events benefiting both local and national charities; provided Thanksgiving dinners for those without; and is constantly finding ways to give back to the community; and
WHEREAS; First Avenue holds countless unforgettable memories; has amplified legendary guitars; has been famously featured in Purple Rain; and has continually provided nights of wild dancing on its legendary dance floor; and
WHEREAS; First Avenue has been recognized as one of the best places to see live performances by music fans worldwide; has captivated millions of customers and has welcomed bands in the tens of thousands; and has even made a couple exceptions to its "no stage diving" rule to accommodate yours truly.
Now, therefore, I, R.T. Rybak, Mayor of the City of Minneapolis, do hereby proclaim Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 to be
FIRST AVENUE DAY
You can celebrate this Saturday with these two shows:
A long time ago
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