About Us: Meet Steve!

Posted by DEMO On 11/03/2003 11:10:00 AM

Steve McClellan is a long-time supporter and presence in the Twin Cities music scene, and is internationally known. He virtually “lived” at First-Avenue nightclub for over 30 years; beginning as bartender, continuing as booking agent, and eventually as general manager. Today, Steve is part-owner and community outreach coordinator for the club.

Since 2005, Steve has taught arts management classes at McNally Smith College of Music on topics related primarily to touring and booking. In 2010, Steve began teaching music business courses at Globe University / Minnesota School of Business. His volunteer work with DEMO currently includes roles as both its Executive Director and a member of its board of directors. He does not currently draw a salary with DEMO, but remains deeply dedicated to its mission and programs. In addition to his work with DEMO, Steve is also involved with live music showcases on the Palace Stage at Wild Tymes in downtown Saint Paul. Past board engagements include the Cedar Cultural Center, Minnesota Music Academy, Developing Arts & Music Foundation, Heart & Soul Foundation, and the Downtown Minneapolis Warehouse Association.

Steve remains in demand locally and nationally as a consultant and panelist thanks to his decades of experience in the music industry and his seminal role in the Twin Cities music community. He attended the University of Minnesota.

What others have said:

Steve is widely regarded as one of the last of the independents"
- Andy Cizan, Jam Productions

"Steve always ran the club [First Avenue] with heart, and not just a business sense, and bands appreciated that..."
- Dan Murphy, Soul Asylum

[Steve] sort of reminded me of Hilly Crystal from CBGB's: the same kind of tough-talking guy, but when you got to know him, you realized he was in the business because he loved the musicians."
- Chris Osgood, Suicide Commandos

Recommended reading:

“First Love: An Oral History of First Ave” by Peter S. Scholtes, City Pages (09.03)

"The Impresario Returns" by Sarah Askari, MSP Magazine (08.08)

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