Live music is scheduled to come back to First Avenue in Minneapolis this fall, with the famed venue anticipating the COVID situation will have sufficiently improved to resume operations by then.
The venue announced Thursday that it would host an in-person concert featuring Dinosaur Jr. on Sep. 14 in its mainroom. Tickets will go on sale March 19.
The announcement marks a turnaround in the local live music scene, which has largely been on hold since the start of the pandemic last year.
First Avenue has continued to offer live streamed events on Facebook and Youtube. Some events have also offered limited in-person capacity.
Live music venues have been among the hardest hit during the pandemic. First Avenue helped spearhead the #SaveOurStages movement last year, pushing for federal aid to keep music venues open.
The effort resulted in people sending 2.1 million emails to elected officials and 1,200 artists signing onto letters to Congress to encourage action.
The COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress in December included $15 billion for independently owned music venues, a measure introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
Gov. Tim Walz announced Friday he is loosening the state’s COVID-19 restrictions to allow indoor entertainment venues to increase to 50% capacity, with up to 250 people permitted.
This could be loosened further as the vaccine rollout continues, and should COVID-19 rates continue to drop.
Tickets for Dinosaur Jr. went on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at AXS.com.