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Leftover Salmon

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LEFTOVER SALMON w/ The Big Wu
Saturday - 11/16/2013
9:00 PM | 18 & Up | $25
Looking back over the past 25 years of rootsy, string-based music, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny. Formed in Boulder at the end of 1989, the Colorado slamgrass pioneers were one of the first bluegrass bands to add drums and tour rock & roll bars, helping Salmon become a pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jam grass genre. [more...]

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Railroad Earth

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RAILROAD EARTH
Friday - 1/10/2014
8:00 PM | 18 & Up | $22.50 adv / $25 dos
Railroad Earth's music is driven by the remarkable songs of front-man, Todd Sheaffer, and is delivered with seamless arrangements and superb musicianship courtesy of all six band members. As mandolin/bouzouki player John Skehan points out, "Our M. O. has always been that we can improvise all day long, but we only do it in service to the song. There are a lot of songs that, [more...]

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The Wailers

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THE WAILERS Perform LEGEND- Celebrating 30 Years
Sunday - 1/26/2014
8:00 PM | 18 & Up | $20
Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. In England alone, they've notched up over twenty chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy, as [more...]

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Dark Star Orchestra

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First Avenue & SMA present
DARK STAR ORCHESTRA
Wednesday - 1/29/2014
8:00 PM | 18 & Up | $25
Using entire shows from the Grateful Dead's 30 years of extensive touring as a launching pad, Dark Star Orchestra recreates the original song for song performance set list for an entirely new generation of Deadheads. Dark Star Orchestra performs Grateful Dead classics in the same way that an orchestra interprets music of classical composers. The composer spirit is derived [more...]

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Galactic

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First Avenue & SMA present
GALACTIC w/ The Stepkids
Friday - 1/31/2014
9:00 PM | 18 & Up | $25 adv / $27 dos
Galactic is a collaborative band with a unique format. It's a stable quintet that plays together with high musicianship. They've been together so long they're telepathic. But though the band hasn't had a lead singer for years, neither is it purely an instrumental group. Galactic is part of a diverse community of musicians, and in their own studio, with Mercurio and Ellman producing, [more...]

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Dr. Dog

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89.3 The Current presents
DR. DOG
"There was this feeling inside me going into making this record that we'd never made an album before," says guitarist/vocalist Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog's Shame, Shame, their Anti- debut and the first album made outside the safe confines of their home studio. "Four albums ago, we set out with this unspoken or unconscious mission, and I feel like we accomplished that to our [more...]
Thursday - 2/6/2014
9:00 PM | 18 & Up | $20 adv / $23 dos

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Friday - 2/7/2014
w/ Saint Rich
9:00 PM | 18 & Up | $20 adv / $23 dos

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Zappa Plays Zappa

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ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA
"ROXY & ELSEWHERE 40th Anniversary Tour"
Sunday - 2/16/2014
8:00 PM | 18 & Up | $30 - $65 , $75 Dweezil Zappa Guitar Masterclass
Guitarist Dweezil Zappa has cocooned himself away in the studio this past year engineering his own metamorphosis. "In order for me to play my father's music correctly I needed to understand the fundamentals of his music more thoroughly, which meant a lot of studying." His goal was to emerge as a "better musician" as well as a "better guitarist." The autodidactic Zappa utilized [more...]

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Stephen Marley

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STEPHEN "RAGGA" MARLEY w/ Wayne Marshall, Jo Mersa
***RESCHEDULED FROM 11/3/2013***
Sunday - 4/27/2014

9:00 PM | 18 & Up | $25
Few people were surprised when Stephen Marley's long awaited debut solo album "Mind Control" (Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youths/Universal Republic) premiered at No. 1 on the Billboard Reggae Album chart in March 2007; after all, the singing, songwriting and production excellence Stephen had brought to other Marley family projects over the years, including younger brother Damian's two [more...]

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ALSO COMING SOON TO FIRST AVENUE
OCTOBER 31
MAINROOM + ENTRY + RECORD ROOM
First Avenue's
HALLOWEEN PARTY & COSTUME CONTEST
NOVEMBER 1
MAINROOM
89.3 The Current presents
OKKERVIL RIVER
DECEMBER 5
MAINROOM
89.3 The Current presents
CHARLES BRADLEY AND HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES
First Avenue | 701 First Avenue N., Minneapolis, MN | 612-338-8388 | venue website