Marking 50th anniversary, Gov. Walz declares Friday First Avenue Day

As the historic music venue celebrates its 50th anniversary, Gov. Tim Walz proclaimed Friday First Avenue Day. 

"Cheers to 50 years of bringing Minnesotans together, First Avenue," Walz said in a tweet. "During times like these, it's even more important to take a moment to recognize what defines the Minnesota we know and love."

First Avenue made its debut in the refurbished old Greyhound Bus Depot on the corner of First Avenue and Seventh Street on April 3, 1970. 

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The opening night performer was Joe Cocker. The debut performance was a sellout with people paying $10 for a table and $4 for standing room.

The venue was set to have an anniversary show Friday night. However, the show was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Looking for a way to celebrate while people are quarantining, the celebration is set to move online

In another move to recognize the iconic venue, a number of radio stations – including Hubbard Broadcasting's KQRS – will play Prince's Purple Rain at the same time at 5 p.m. Friday.