Born and raised in Cook, Minnesota on the Boise Forte Reservation, musician Keith Secola has an intimate relationship with Anishinabe culture. Producer Daniel Zamzow looks at the genre Secola calls “Native Americana” is a musical journey that spans the past, present, and future.
In Minneapolis, you couldn’t think of First Ave without thinking of Prince. But by 2007 the funk-rock icon hadn’t played there two decades when the club got a call. Britt Aamodt looks back at the return of the reigning Prince.
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.
Who knew that when a new Minneapolis indie hip-hop label formed in 1995, it would find a home at the city’s most legendary rock club? Here’s Britt Aamodt with the story of Rhymesayers Entertainment and First Avenue.
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.