No one could believe it. Prince was dead at 57. Fans congregated at his home in Paisley Park—and outside First Avenue. Here producer Britt Aamodt returns to April 21, 2016 at the intersection of Seventh Street and First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.
Summer 2010, the Twins had a new stadium, Target Field. And First Avenue, which had declared bankruptcy six years before, was bouncing back with a new restaurant. Britt Aamodt has the story of the Depot Tavern.
In 1996, the Fugees were touring on the biggest single of its career. The Roots were an eclectic hip-hop band finally breaking into the top twenty. And Goodie Mob was the new group with a rapper named Cee-Lo Green. Britt Aamodt looks at the night this powerhouse triple bill took over First Ave.
For many touring acts playing First Avenue/7th Street Entry, the club was embodied by a single man. Britt Aamodt takes a look behind the scenes with production manager Conrad Sverkerson.
Hardcore punk group Husker Du formed in St. Paul in 1979. Within a year, the band was headlining the new side stage at Sam’s (First Avenue), the 7th Street Entry. Britt Aamodt has the history of one of the music acts that defined First Avenue in the 1980s.
Britt Aamodt takes a look at music club First Avenue from the perspective of the DJ, who kept the music spinning during the ’70 disco era, crowd-tested new Prince singles and, until its closure in 2016, headlined the club’s VIP/Record Room.