We dug through the archives at the Minnesota History Center to bring you slideshow chock full of First Avenue history. From papers detailing Purple Rain's agenda to a report by Billy Idol on a bloody mirror incident, it's a time warp back to the club's early days. COMPILED BY REED FISCHER, with thanks to the MINNESOTA HISTORY CENTER
Duluth bluegrass heroes Trampled by Turtles triumphantly played a
sold-out First Avenue on Wednesday night. These United States opened, and even Mayor Rybak showed up for a little crowd-surfing.
PHOTOS BY ERIK HESS on April 11, 2012.
The local food world eagerly awaited the opening of Butcher and the Boar from former La Belle Vie and Dakota chef Jack Riebel. Now that the downtown Minneapolis restaurant has finally opened, does it live up to the hype? The answer, so far, is yes. Most all of B&B's dishes that include pork...
Sound in Motion hosted NERO's "Second Reality" tour at Myth, which featured an extended, live set from the UK trio best known for their tracks "Innocence" and "Me & You." Dillon Francis opened with a rowdy set of moombahton. PHOTOS BY ANNA GULBRANDSEN on April 9, 2012.
Altered Esthetics' yearly homage to old-school video games returned
Friday night with "Level_13: Cheat Codes." Fourteen artists were
invited to create paintings, jewelry, photographs, and other works of
art inspired by Nintendo and Atari classics like Tetris, Super Mario
Bros., Pac Man, and the...
Thomas Dolby, touring in support of his first new music in 20 years, played to a packed and very enthusiastic Cedar Cultural Center Friday night along with opener Aaron Jonah Lewis. PHOTOS BY TONY NELSON on April 5, 2012.
Local drag queen Bitch Flowers -- otherwise known as fashion stylist and interior decorator Richard Anderson -- threw his annual delectably drag variety show at Varsity theater this Saturday night. Performers included Krystal Kleer, Camille Collins, Foxy Tann, Victoria Deville, Harley Wood,...
Leicester, UK arena rockers Kasabian brought their arena-sized show to
First Avenue on Tuesday night, helping the venue celebrate their 42nd
birthday party, complete with cake. PHOTOS BY ERIK HESS on April 3rd,
West Bank Diner and Eat Street Pizza raise two unusual questions about food: 1) Is a diner a diner if it doesn't serve bacon?, and 2) Can you get good pizza from a coffeehouse? The answer to both is yes. The Somalian-run West Bank (324 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis) may not serve pork, but the...
UK heavyweights Skream and Benga accompanied by Plastician, Jackmaster and Hijak make their away to Minneapolis to deliver heavy basslines as they make their way across for their US tour. PHOTOS BY NICK PATTON April 1st 2012
UK indie rockers the Ting Tings turned the First Avenue mainroom into
a sweaty dance party Monday night. Brooklyn based electronic pop act
(and former St. Paul resident) MNDR opened. PHOTOS BY ERIK HESS on April 2, 2012.