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This dance-party alcove of First Avenue used to be called the VIP Lounge, but that name never quite fit. That's because the shows that take place in what is now called the Record Room are a lot more democratic, freewheeling and affordable than the "strict and fashionable dress code enforced" velvet-rope ramparts scattered across downtown Minneapolis. Recurring DJ nights abound, from deep drum'n'bass events to get-wild hip hop sets. If your idea of seeing and being seen involves unpretentious style and the chance to listen to music that goes deeper than Top 40, this is your late-night destination.
Friday night gets all the love, Wednesday night has its nudge-wink "hump day" cachet and everyone hates Mondays so much that there's no choice but ...
Say cheese, Too Much Lovers! City Pages introduces the City Pages Photo Booth every Saturday at First Avenue. Stop by to take pictures with your f...
with Sound of Fujun.
with King Otto, Shannon Blowtorch. 18+
We may be a few years past the point where crunk and hyphy are the hot-trend hip hop subgenres, but First Ave's recurring "Get Cryphy!" night isn't just a matter of trying to find new life in a couple aging styles by portmanteauing them together.... More »
Fusing fashion-driven, style-conscious tastemaking and deep, crowd-rocking musical knowledge isn't something to be taken lightly on either end of the equation. Do it wrong, and it comes across like surface-gloss pandering wrapped around some... More »
There were certainly major contenders for this category this year, like Bomp! at Bedlam and Too Much Love at First Avenue. But Jimmy2Times and Plain Ole Bill's Get Cryphy hip-hop monthly at the Record Room surpasses them both when it comes to character. Packed to the gills by midnight with a diverse array of folks getting wild to the behind-the-decks skills of its founders (and occasional blog-famous guests), these fans aren't really concerned about outfits, party favors, or posturing. In... More »
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