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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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