April 3rd is “First Avenue Day” in Minneapolis; feel free to bathe in the cool waters of Minnetonka

April 3rd is "First Avenue Day" in Minneapolis; feel free to bathe in the cool waters of Minnetonka

How old were you the first time you heard Purple Rain? If you’re reading this, you were probably about 30 seconds old. Give or take five to ten minutes, because you were most likely conceived to it. So, let it be known, that Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak has proclaimed April 3 as First Avenue Day in the Twin Cities. First Avenue was made legendary by its appearance in that famed movie, and has been the home and launching pad of numerous acts. Here’s a bunch of stuff Rybak decreed:

WHEREAS; First Avenue is celebrating forty years as an independent music venue; has been committed to fostering art, music and entertainment excellence, from the avant-garde to the mainstream; and

WHEREAS; First Avenue transformed an old bus depot into an international icon and the premier downtown danceteria and music venue in the Twin Cities; and hosted performances by Joe Cocker, R.E.M, Ike & Tina Turner, Motörhead, Modest Mouse, Beck, B.B. King, GWAR, Beastie Boys, Pavement, Wu-Tang Clan, Iggy Pop, U2, Wilco and more; and

WHEREAS; First Avenue is committed to continuing its historical role as a testing ground and launch pad for local artists including Prince, The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Morris Day and the Time, Soul Asylum, Atmosphere and other Rhymesayers artists, The Hold Steady, Trip Shakespeare, The Jayhawks and many others; and

WHEREAS; First Avenue has held fundraising events benefiting both local and national charities; provided Thanksgiving dinners for those without; and is constantly finding ways to give back to the community; and

WHEREAS; First Avenue holds countless unforgettable memories; has amplified legendary guitars; has been famously featured in Purple Rain; and has continually provided nights of wild dancing on its legendary dance floor; and

WHEREAS; First Avenue has been recognized as one of the best places to see live performances by music fans worldwide; has captivated millions of customers and has welcomed bands in the tens of thousands; and has even made a couple exceptions to its “no stage diving” rule to accommodate yours truly.

Now, therefore, I, R.T. Rybak, Mayor of the City of Minneapolis, do hereby proclaim Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 to be


Now that’s what I call positive community outreach in the Northland.

• First Avenue: http://www.first-avenue.com