Coffee Break: Celebrate a venue

Empty First Avenue Mainroom
The First Avenue Mainroom sits empty during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Daniel Corrigan)

This morning we had a representative from First Avenue stop by to talk about Save Our Stages and The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA).

It's got us thinking about what our favorite venues are and how hard it would be like to see them go.

So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs would you like to hear that mention a music venue?

Respond with your song ideas in the comments below.

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Songs played


Talking Heads - Life During Wartime: The line "This ain't no Mudd Club or CBGB" refers to two New York music venues at which the band performed in the 1970s.

Chic - Le Freak: The lyrics invite the listener to "Come on down to 54", a reference to Studio 54, which was a popular nightclub in New York City at that time.

That Dog - Minneapolis: "i was at the jabberjaw / cutest boy i ever saw" a mid-90s rock club/coffee house

NOFX - Seeing Double At the Triple Rock: "It's 3 o'clock at the Triple Rock"

The Shackletons - Minnesota Girls: 7th street entry

Ella Fitzgerald - Lullaby of Birdland: George Shearing wrote "Lullaby of Birdland" in 1952 for Morris Levy, the owner of the New York jazz club Birdland. Here is Ella's version.

Fog - What's Up Freaks: "Me and Julie were in the parking lot / Of the Turf on a summer night."


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