First Avenue and 7th St Entry is a live music lover’s dream. With two separate performance spaces in one building, the historic venue offers something for everyone. The Mainroom, a 1550-person capacity live music venue hosts over 200 concerts a year, while 7th St Entry, a 250-capacity venue hosts over 350 concerts annually.
First Avenue is more than just four walls, a soundboard, and a stage; it is the epicenter of live music and entertainment in Minneapolis. Having celebrated its 45th Anniversary in 2015, First Avenue is one of the longest running independently owned and operated clubs in the United States, as well as one of the most celebrated.
We’re proud to foster relationships with artists and musicians at all stages in their careers, whether it’s playing their first show at the 7th St Entry, selling out multiple nights in the Mainroom, or shooting one of the greatest music films of all time in our room (Purple Rain, if you couldn’t guess).
By presenting local acts almost every night of the week at the 7th St Entry, First Avenue has been the launching pad for local bands like Atmosphere, Hüsker Dü, the Replacements, Semisonic, Soul Asylum and more.
First Avenue has additionally been a stepping stone for national musicians including Joe Cocker, U2, Eminem, Tina Turner, Black Flag, The Ramones, Depeche Mode, Lucinda Williams, Metallica and, of course, Prince. Working with bands like these, First Avenue strives to support the best that live music has to offer.
First Avenue is a music club committed to fostering arts, music and entertainment excellence; it is, quite simply, what a music club should be.