Date Opened: April 3, 1970 (as The Depot)
701 1st Ave., (1st ave & 7th st) Mpls., MN
(612) 332 1775
Considered one of the pillars of the Twin Cities music scene.
Technically, the first gig ever played there was a two-night stand by Joe Cocker in 1970 while the venue was still "The Depot". After that, the space became Uncle Sam's, a disco, for several years and finally turned into First Avenue in the late 1970s. The 7th Street Entry opened in 1981.
Almost every band out of Minneapolis which has gone on to national recognition has played sets there.
Managerial infighting and financial difficulties caused the club to close it's doors in late autumn of 2004. Immediately, panic and grief set in with thousands of Minnesota music fans. Co-owner Steve McClellan reopened the club after a week, with the metal band Gwar rechristening the venue.
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