First Avenue Reopening Tonight
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The landmark Minneapolis concert venue First Avenue is set to reopen 16 days after part of the ceiling collapsed during a show.
Hip-hop trio Grrrl Prty is scheduled to perform Friday night in the club's main room. A 20-by-30 foot section of the ceiling came down during a concert Aug. 12, and three people were treated at a hospital for injuries that weren't life-threatening.
The Star Tribune reports that crews repairing the ceiling tore out old lath and plaster that was believed to date back to the venue's former life as a bus depot. The ceiling is about 3 feet higher now.
Acts that have played First Avenue include U2, Tina Turner, Eminem and The Ramones. Much of Prince's 1984 film "Purple Rain" was filmed there.