The next two nights of shows at First Avenue and its neighboring mini-club 7th Street Entry have been cancelled and a big Saturday night gig with Miguel has moved to the State Theatre. However, the staff is still working toward reopening next week after Wednesday's ceiling collapse.
Saturday's sold-out concert with acclaimed Los Angeles R&B singer Miguel will be moved a few blocks away to the State Theatre, club management confirmed Thursday night. All tickets will be honored at the State, and seating will be first-come, first-served general admission. It was not yet clear if more tickets will be sold, as the State holds about 700 more fans than the club.
Among the canceled shows are a Friday-night concert in the club's main room with Twin Cities bluegrass group the Ginstrings, Minneapolis punk band Nancy Raygun's album-release party in the Entry on Thursday and another local bill in the smaller venue on Friday with Sam Cassidy and Van Stee, plus two dance parties each night in the upstairs Record Room.
Talent booker Sonia Grover said Thursday that the staff feared a longer closure would be required as they weighed the damage Wednesday night, but "we are a little more optimistic this morning."
The restaurant/bar that adjoins the clubs, the Depot Tavern, was also closed Thursday. Staff said the eatery might reopen by Friday.
Signs posted on the club doors Thursday morning read, "Thank you for your support" and "Please follow our social media accounts for more information on First Avenue's reopening (soon!)." The club sent out a news release Thursday that read: "As soon as the incident occurred First Avenue staff cleared the room, following emergency protocol. Minneapolis Police and Fire Departments immediately responded to the scene, treating those with minor injuries. Our thoughts and hearts are with those who were injured last night."
Wednesday's accident, which sent three patrons to the hospital, occurred during a Theory of a Deadman concert. The group posted a note via its Instagram feed midday Thursday that wished its injured fans "a full and speedy recovery."
"Our sincerest thanks go out to the First Avenue staff, the Minneapolis Fire Department, the paramedics and all the other wonderful people who lent their swift assistance in helping others during the aftermath," the band's statement read. "We wish First Avenue a quick turnaround in reopening the doors of their legendary venue."
Chris Riemenschneider 612-673-4658