First Avenue

at 701 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, 55403-1327 United States

First Avenue
701 N 1st Ave
Minneapolis , MN 55403-1327
United States
Contact Phone
P: (612) 332-1775


First Avenue and 7th St Entry are two music venues housed in the same landmark building in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The names are derived from the building's location: the corner of First Avenue and 7th Street in downtown Minneapolis. The building is marked by 531 stars on its exterior along the First Avenue and Seventh Street sides commemorating past venue performers.HistoryThe building opened in 1937 as a Greyhound bus station. It was noted for its art deco style and amenities of air conditioning, shower rooms, and public telephones. The interior floor was a checkered terrazzo, while the exterior was shiny blue bricks with white trim.The transformation from a closed bus depot into a concert venue was developed in 1968 by local rock & roll performer Danny Stevens and Elizabeth Heffelfinger, the original financial partner of the project and wife of wealthy businessman Frank Peavey Heffelfinger. When Mrs. Heffelinger fell ill midway through the development of the project in 1969, Stevens brought in an outside investor, Allan Fingerhut. Stevens, who owned the class-A liquor license from the nearby Hotel Hastings and contributed the initial investment capital, and Fingerhut, heir to the Fingerhut catalog company, opened the doors to the newly transformed venue named The Depot on April 3, 1970 to showcase a two set evening with Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen. In 1970 The Depot recorded the first live album from the historic venue titled, “Gathering at The Depot” featuring artists such as Deadeye, Chesterfield Gathering, System, Thundertree, Danny’s Reasons, Pepper Fog, Kiwani, Free and Easy, Grizzly, and The Litter.


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Matt C.

Didn't actually get to go INSIDE, so take this review with a HUGE grain of salt, as it is basically a review for people that are Prince fans and just want... Read more

Brian S.

I'm a big fan of indie and alternative bands. These bands often end up in non-stadium venues for a variety of reasons. Going to see a band at a smaller... Read more

Garrett Z.

I saw The Naked and Famous here on Nov. 2nd. Amazing concert and experience. I love the history of this building and the icon that it has become in our... Read more
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First Avenue
701 N 1st Ave Minneapolis , MN 55403-1327 United States