Live band playing at First Avenue

Nightclubs for live music

Prince made First Avenue famous with his 1984 movie “Purple Rain,” but Minneapolis boasts many more excellent music clubs – and our hometown superstar was a frequent guest.

First Avenue

701 N 1st Av., Mpls.
Prince Star on the side of First Avenue Aaron Lavinsky

Since opening night with Joe Cocker in 1970, First Avenue has been presenting newcomers, stars and future legends, including U2, Nirvana and, yes, Prince, who made the club famous after filming “Purple Rain” there. Check the silver stars painted on the exterior to see who’s played at First Ave. The 1,500-capacity club will offer some daytime tours and nighttime gigs.

(612) 338-8388