Steve McClellan’s name is synonymous with and as legendary as First Avenue where he worked for 30+ years. Lately, he’s been working with the Diverse Emerging Music Organization – a non-profit focused on connecting independent venues and new artists. We sat down at the Acadia Cafe, I had a Duval (Acadia has an amazing beer selection) and he jumped right into it.
Keep up and you’ll hear about:
- Developing musicians
- The new 35th Anniversary First Ave Bootleg CD – 16 tracks of bootlegs, just in time for gift giving – all proceeds go to DEMO.
- A run down of Minneapolis clubs
- Twin Cities Metro Independent Business Alliance
- Bringing cultures together through music
- and how committing to independence is a long-term and risky strategy
This is one of my favorite conversations ever. I couldn’t have asked for anything better to end First Crack’s month hiatus.
Special thanks to Bill Boulger from IndieTickets for connecting us.
Check out my FastCast for a 10 minutes bonus track with Steve McClellan focused on DEMO, the Bootleg CD, and the December 14th CD release party.