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Minneapolis' downtown danceteria since 1970
During the 1980’s, local artist Prince helped put First Avenue at the forefront of Midwest music venues. Locally, First Avenue and the 7th Street Entry (its neighbor) are respectively referred to as The Mainroom and The Entry.
First Avenue has been the starting point for virtually every single band to come out of the Twin Cities, including The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Prince, The Revolution and Soul Asylum, among others. The building is marked by 531 stars on its exterior along the First Avenue and Seventh Street sides (every star has the name of an artist who has played at First Avenue or 7th Street Entry).