Nate Kranz

General Manager

First Avenue




To assume Nate Kranz’s involvement in the Minnesota music scene is exclusive to First Avenue isn’t just a misconception, it’s an understatement. This year, he and his First Ave. crew hit a high note, expanding into promotions work for other venues, promoting about 1,000 shows (half of them spread outside the metro, from Shakopee to Duluth). After 17 years with First Ave., Kranz is also injecting new life into establishments like St. Paul’s Palace Theater, which will soon reopen its doors after 30-plus years.