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Dreaming of ‘Purple Rain’ on your wedding day? With no live music, First Avenue booking famous stage for private events

The pandemic has forced the iconic Minneapolis music venue to get creative.

MINNEAPOLIS — Whether you dream of a “White Wedding,” or “Purple Rain” on your wedding day, you’ll soon have the rare opportunity to book iconic music venue First Avenue as a wedding venue.

“Lucinda Williams actually got married on stage here,” said First Avenue marketing director Ashley Ryan. “We’ve had a couple of staff get married in the 7th St entry, but normally October, November, even into December, it’s our busiest time of year.”

If booking weddings sounds like selling out, Ryan says that’s the hope. For months, live music venues in Minnesota and most other states have sat in silence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have staff who have worked here for 20-30 years and since mid-March they’ve been out of work,” Ryan said. “So any kind of event that we can do to get people

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Car crashes into Michigan Avenue jewelry store

A car crashed into a jewelry store in the Loop on Sunday afternoon after fleeing police, according to authorities.



A car sits in a jewelry store after crashing into the building along North Michigan Avenue Sunday Sept. 27, 2020 in Chicago.


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A car sits in a jewelry store after crashing into the building along North Michigan Avenue Sunday Sept. 27, 2020 in Chicago.

Shortly before 4 p.m., the vehicle was spotted heading south on North Michigan Avenue, making multiple traffic violations, Chicago police said. Officers attempted to stop the car, which then fled at high speed, according to police. Police did not chase the car, but soon after the driver lost control and crashed into the front of a store in the 300 block of North Michigan Avenue.



a group of people on a city street: Pedestrians watch from the median while police work the scene after a car crashed into a jewelry store along North Michigan Avenue on Sept. 27, 2020, in Chicago.


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Pedestrians watch from the median while police work the scene after a car crashed into a jewelry store along North Michigan Avenue on Sept. 27, 2020, in Chicago.

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