MINNEAPOLIS (CelebrityAccess) — The owners of Minneapolis concert hall First Avenue announced plans to purchase the Fine Line Music Café. The deal, which goes into effect on October 1st, will bring ownership, management, and exclusive booking of the live music and event venue under one roof.
The Fine Line is located at 318 N 1st Avenue in the main level of the historic Consortium building, which has been a fixture in downtown Minneapolis’s warehouse district since in the heart of the Warehouse District in downtown Minneapolis since it opened in 1907.
Since 650-capacity club originally opened as a music venue in 1987, the Fine Line has hosted thousands of influential acts over their 30-plus year history, including the Pixies, Buddy Guy, and Lady Gaga.
According to First Avenue, future bookings at the Fine Line will be live-music driven, with the addition of dance parties, live comedy, and live podcasting performances. Private events will continue to be organized by Minneapolis Event Centers. Upcoming September shows include toe., Japanese Breakfast, ABBARAMA, Blitzen Trapper, Frankie Cosmos, and HONNE.
“After nearly 20 years of promoting concerts at the Fine Line, we are very excited to take over the management of the venue. While there are no immediate major changes planned, we are really eager to get in there, assess the room, and start to make scaled improvements. We want to put the First Avenue mark on it, and we want to do it right,” notes First Avenue General Manager, Nate Kranz.
The addition of the Fine Line expands First Avenue’s portfolio of venues in the market, which already includes the 250-capacity 7th St Entry, the 350-capacity Turf Club, the 650-capacity Fine Line, 1550-capacity First Avenue Mainroom, and co-operates the 2400-capacity Palace Theatre.
Additionally, First Avenue promotes concerts and events at numerous venues in Minnesota, including but not limited to, Amsterdam Bar & Hall, The Cedar Cultural Center, The Historic State, Orpheum, and Pantages Theatres in Minneapolis, and the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, as well as Surly Brewing Festival Field.