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Massachusetts Clubs/Halls

Alternate Route
500 Washington Street
Weymouth, MA 02188
MBTA: commuter rail - South Station to South Weymouth on Kingston/Plymouth line

American Legion
290 East Street
Springfield, MA 01104

Amvets Post 147
576 Primrose Street
Haverhill, MA 01830
MBTA: commuter rail - North Station to Haverhill on Haverhill Line

Art Space
1 Center Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
MBTA: commuter rail - North Station to Gloucester on Rockport line

North Shore club with all all ages shows, allowing kids to set the shows up. Punk, punk/ska, metal, hardcore, emo, hippie. It's all here. It's also a space for art and have art showings.

15 Lansdowne Street
Boston, MA 02215
MBTA: green line to Kenmore

This is a Lansdowne Street dance club that rarely has any good punk shows anymore. I saw Rancid there with Rocket From the Crypt and Waterdog about 3 or 4 years ago while it still had all ages shows there. You'll occasionally find a good show here. Past performers have been: Fishbone, Pavement, Paul Weller, Morphine, L7, Hole, Sebadoh, Violent Femmes, Buffalo Tom, Letters to Cleo, Pennywise, Veruca Salt, Matthew Sweet, Juliana Hatfield, Henry Rollins, Bad Brains, and others. Lately they have been trying to do some more all ages shows (Orgy, Moby) but for the most part it's 18+.

Lansdowne Street
Boston, MA 02215
MBTA: green line to Kenmore

This is another Lansdowne Street dance club and rarely has any shows worth mentioning, but Nirvana, Henry Rollins, The Breeders, Green Day, The Offspring, and Rancid have all played here in the past. Now everything there is strictly 18+.

BankBoston Pavillion
290 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
FAX: 617-737-2292
MBTA: South Station; bus to and from event

Formerly Harborlights, this is another expensive place and can seat 5000 people. Lots of classic rock bands, reggae acts, traditional cultural bands, soul/motown stuff and others like this summer's line up: Aretha Franklin, Brian Setzer Orchestra, The Beach Boys, Ziggy Marley, The Chieftains, Everlast, Blondie, Reel Big Fish, Duran Duran, Kenny G, Steel Pulse, Jethro Tull, Britney Spears, & BB King, as well as others.

1120 Cahoon Hollow Rd.
PO Box 1409
Wellfleet, MA 02667
FAX: 508-349-1953

Bell in Hand Tavern
45 Union Street
Boston, MA 02108

Bar that occasionally has ska bands perform live.

Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
MBTA: green line to Hynes Convention Center/ICA stop

Mike Ness of Social Distortion fame played here as did the Mentos Freshmaker Tour w/ The Decepticonz.

Bill's Bar & Lounge
5 ½ Lansdowne Street
Boston, MA 02115
MBTA: green line to Kenmore

Generally a bar and dance hall, Thursday nights are local nights for punk, ska, rockabilly, and other acts like that to perform and Sunday nights are the reggae nights. All shows are 18+, 19+, or 21+ but they may try to do some Sunday matinee All Ages shows over the Summer of '99. Already Skavoovie & the Epitones, 7th Rail Crew, Youth Brigade, The Cuffs, 4 Heads Deep, and Reach the Sky have done all ages shows there.

Boston Commons
Boston, MA
MBTA: green or red line to Park Street

Not a common place for shows, but they do allow the Gay Pride Fest (Babaloo & Pansy Division have played), The Hemp Rally (aka Freedom Fest) with bands like Sam Black Church, Letters to Cleo, Babaloo, Dion Knibb & the Agitators, etc. and on First Night when they have a few stands set up with the likes of the Strangemen.

Center for the Arts
31 Main Street
Natick, MA 01760
MBTA: commuter rail - South Station to Natick on Worcester/Framingham line

A space where there have been a lot of attempts at DIY shows. Unfortunately nobody has been showing up to many of the shows there. Hopefully they'll continue to allow these all ages shows.

Chow Chau City Ballroom
83 Essex Street
Boston, MA 02111
MBTA: orange line to Chinatown

One of the fanciest Chinese restaurants in Boston and they have a ballroom. This ballroom is where Converge and Hot Water Music have played. I don't know if they are having any more shows there though.

Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA 02138
MBTA: red line to Harvard Square

Club that has a lot of jazz and folk artists as well as occasional indie rock.

539 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
MBTA: orange line to Ruggles

Beenie Man & Babaloo have played here before.

Elks Lodge
25 Low Street
Newburyport, MA
MBTA: commuter rail - North Station to Newburyport on Newburyport line

First & Second Church
66 Marlborough Street
Boston, MA 02116
MBTA: green line to Boylston

Used to be a great place for hardcore and punk shows. All the hardcore ones went over well, but at some of the others people brought alcohol even though they shouldn't have. Overcrowding was also a problem. Fastbreak, Code 13, The Pinkerton Thugs, The Ducky Boys, Ten Yard Fight, Floorpunch, Fit For Abuse, Banner of Hope, Saves the Day, Diecast, The Trouble, Anti-Flag, Bane, Open Up, The Trust, Reach the Sky, Los Crudos, In My Eyes, and some others all played here. Give it some time and maybe they'll try again.

Fleet Center
One Fleet Center
Boston, MA 02114
MBTA: green line or orange line to North Station; commuter rail to North Station

Where Boston's own Bruins (and the Celtics) play. Sometimes they have huge shows here like DMX, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Maceo Parker, Ani DiFranco, etc... look to spend tons of money on a ticket.

Foxboro Stadium
Route 1
Foxboro, MA 02035
MBTA: commuter rail - South Station to Foxboro via Franklin or Providence

huge stadium. U2, Guns'n'Roses, & Metallica have all played here in the past. Usually used for football (New England Patriots) and soccer (New England Revolution) games.

Funny Bones Café
164 Main Street
Webster, MA 01570

newer club. they used to do all ages shows. they now only do 21+, but may do all ages again sometime. In My Eyes, Ten Yard Fight, Link 80, The Goonies, Fiesel, Longfellow, and others have played here.

Great Scott
1222 Commonwealth Avenue
Allston, MA 02134

Greek American Political Club
288 Green Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
MBTA: red line to Central Square

This was a great club until it got shutdown because of a fight at the Trouble/Anti-Heros/Ducky Boys/Patriot show. Other bands that have played here: Floorpunch, Hatebreed, Death Threat, The Pilfers, Reach the Sky, Kicked in the Head, Spring Heeled Jack, Big D & the Kids' Table, Edna's Goldfish, The Racketeers, The Living End, Metro Stylee, and others... Maybe they'll have more shows after a while.

Green Street Grill
280 Green Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
MBTA: red line to Central Square

21+ bar where The Pressure Cooker performs the first Wednesday of every month.

Harper's Ferry
158 Brighton Avenue
Allston, MA 02134
House of Blues
96 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA
MBTA: red line to Harvard Square

Blues, jazz, swing, r&b, soul, and some hip-hop goes over well here.

1393 Liberty Street
Springfield, MA 01104

I heard that this closed down. Every Sunday they have (had?) an all ages hardcore/metal show.

Iron Horse Music Hall
20 Center Street
Northampton, MA 01060

All ages folk club in western massachusetts. They do have some ska, reggae, and jazz shows as well. Mary Lou Lord & Iron Maiden have both played here.

79 Broadway
Boston, MA 02116
MBTA: green line to Arlington

A gay bar in Boston. 21+ to get in. Anyway, there have been a lot of punk shows here like Razorwire. You don't have to be gay to get in or to play.

Johnny D's
17 Holland Street
Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144
FAX: 617-628-1028
MBTA: red line to Davis Square

A club of 27 years, Johnny D's hosts jazz, blues, latin, rock, and international acts almost nightly. It is also a restaurant that specializes in vegetarian food and use free range and natural chicken and beef.

Karma Club
9 Lansdowne Street
Boston, MA
MBTA: green line to Kenmore

primarily a dance club, only recently have they started to have bigger shows. Has hosted bands like Shades apart and Sunny Day Real Estate. Earth Crisis, Fastbreak, Kula Shaker, Kid Dynamite, Blood For Blood, and Saves the Day are playing all ages shows there in the near future. They have an eastern atmosphere with art from India, Nepal, & Tibet.

Kendall Café
233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave
Cambridge, MA 02141

Knights of Columbus
500 Pleasant Street
Canton, MA
MBTA: commuter rail: South Station to Canton via Attelboro/Providence

Knights of Columbus
1 Market Street
Lawrence, MA
MBTA: commuter rail - North Station to Lawrence via Haverhill

Has a bar and two different halls as well as a pool room. One huge hall, where 1998's Tin Can Full of Dreams fest was held, is great for shows. The basement hall is tiny but fun for a smaller show. Literally 5 minutes off rt. 495. To rent out either room, it costs $350.

Knights of Columbus (Council 4027)
462 R. Broadway
Methuen, MA

Knights of Columbus
505 Sutton Street
North Andover, MA 01845

Really great place to have a show. Right off rt. 133 and near China Blossom (for when you get hungry). Problem, they don't like allowing people to do shows there. They tried to convince me that I had never been to a show there before. In the past pop-punk has been the only music there: The Useless Fucks, She's A Guy, The Greasers, 4 Heads Deep, The Carpet Patrol, SPIFF45, go48, PYL, 5 Bucks!, Zeke's Garage, John's Room, etc...

Knights of Columbus
375 Foundry Street
North Easton, MA

Lansdowne Street Music Hall
36 Lansdowne Street
Boston, MA 02215

Used to be Aerosmith's Mama Kin but was sold and hasn't had shows since. There used to be Rude Boy Tuesday (a night of ska) but I have no idea what's going on here.

Lizard Lounge
1667 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Lucky Dog
89 Green Street
Worcester, MA 01604
MBTA: commuter rail - South Station to Worcester via Worcester

Massachusetts College of Art
621 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
MBTA: green line from Park Street take Heath Street/Huntington Avenue (E) train to the Longwood/Hospitals stop

Thurstoon Moore (from Sonic Youth) played here with the Iceburn Collective (off Revelation Records). They have been doing 'eventworks' for 20 years.

Merrimack College (Chapel Basement)
315 Turnpike Street
North Andover, MA 01845
MBTA: commuter rail - North Station to Andover via Haverhill

Really nice stage. This is where I've done most of my shows (Link 80, Humble Beginnings, Drexel, Kicked in the Head, The Goonies, Argyle Socks, Longfellow, The Decepticonz, Cleo, Lanemeyer, Carpet Patrol, Clockwork, SPIFF45, five*o*five, PYL, Phil…) and other bands have performed like Letters to Cleo, The Verve Pipe, The Pinkerton Thugs, Private Army, go48, The Greasers, Barrit, Piebald, Year of Our Lord, Cave In, Prophetic Disclosure, The Bends, The Abnormals, Over It, 4 Heads Deep, The Jonee Eartquake Band, Beasts of Amerika, Open Up, Positive Outlook and coming soon are such bands as ErrorType:11, Mid Carson July, The Little Dipper, Garrison, The Warren Commission, The Rosenthal Project, etc. This can hold about 600 people (maybe more) and is right off route 114. It costs $150 to rent and a minimum of $300 for cops but usually more.

Middle East Club
472 Mass Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
FAX: 617-547-3930
MBTA: red line to Central Square

One of the best clubs in Boston area. They went 18+ after an incident involving a broken neck during April 1998. All sorts of music is performed here from jazz to emo to hardcore to metal to pop-punk to street-punk to hip-hop to traditional ska to reggae to experimental and so on and so forth. Save Ferris, MxPx, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, H2O, Murphy's Law, Warzone, etc are some of the bigger bands that have played there.

Museum Of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
MBTA: green line from Park Street take Heath Street/Huntington Avenue (E) train to the Museum of Fine Arts stop

Okay, so there aren't shows here but during August/September '99 the Fugazi film "Instrument" will be shown. Plus how can you not like the Museum of Fine Arts

New World
31 Stetson Street
Lynn, MA 01904
MBTA: commuter rail - North Station to Lynn via Rockport

North Shore Music Theatre
62 Dunham Road
Beverly, MA 01915

Northern Grind, The
Beverly, MA

O'Brien's Pub
3 Harvard Avenue
Allston, MA 02134

Shadows Fall & Close Call have played shows here. 21+. Not many shows.

The Old Store
Palmer, MA

An old pharmacy gone club. DIY space out in Three Rivers. Lots of New England bands play here, all sorts of punk. Emo. Metal.

Orpheum Theater
Hamilton Place
Boston, MA
MBTA: green or red line to Park Street or red or orange line to Downtown Crossing

Blondie, The Allstonians, The Cranberries, Hole, and many classical music performers have played at this antique/colonial theater. It opened in 1852.

Palladium, The
261 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
MBTA: commuter rail - South Station to Worcester via Worcester

This is one of the worst clubs I've been to, but unfortunately they have lots of good shows. Squirrel Nut Zippers, Less Than Jake, Snapcase, Good Riddance, Gang Green, Eastcide, Discount, Converge, ALL, Rancid, Hepcat, BB King, Reach the Sky, Earth Crisis, H2O, Mustard Plug, Dillinger Escape Plan, Cave In, The Toasters, Vision of Disorder, MU330, The Deftones, and many others have performed here. The bouncers tend to be extremely reactive and are quite forceful. There's a gate about 5 to 10 feet in front of the stage and a tiny dancefloor. There are lots of seats and a balcony, but face it, who wants to sit down during a show? Also, when the floor gets too crowded bouncers ask the people in the back to "take a seat". Skate '98 was held here and Skate '99 will be held here (metal/hardcore fests), The New England Metal Fest was held here as was the Ska Against Racism tour. Shows aren't too frequently here and when there aren't shows on the ECW wrestling league wrestles here.

Paradise Rock Club
967 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
MBTA: green line (B line) to Pleasant Street

U2, Van Halen, Dead Milkmen, The Pixies, Butthole Surfers, The Lemonheads, Faith No More, Sebadoh, Sick of it All, The Cranberries, The Buzzcocks, X, Reverend Horton Heat, Shonen Knife, Letters to Cleo, Buffalo Tom, Mighty Mighty Bosstones have played there. Sunday nights there is a reggae night and Thursday nights there is the local punk/ska/garage/hardcore or the like show. They're also thinking about doing Sunday matinee all ages shows for the summer.

Pearl Street
10 Pearl Street
Northampton, MA 01060

used to have all sorts of shows, but cancelled Sick of It All and now refuses to do punk, hardcore, or metal shows. This is about a 2 hour drive from Boston, but for some of the ska and reggae and jazz shows they do, it's well worth it.

Pines Theater
Northampton, MA

Burning Spear is playing here.

497 Belleville Avenue
New Bedford, MA

great emo shows here. New Bedford fest spent a day here.

Roxy, The
279 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
MBTA: orange line to Ruggles

Located in Roxbury (part of Boston), this is an 18+ club and dancehall. Elliott Smith played a sold out show here. I don't know much else about it. It's a bigger club.

Sea Note, The
159 Nantasket Avenue
Nantasket Beach, MA 02045
MBTA: commuter rail - South Station to Nantasket Junction (coming soon; under construction) via Greenbush

All shows 21+. Ska, jazz, rockabilly, blues, you name it, it's here.

South Shore Music Circus
130 Sohier Street
Cohasset, MA 02025
MBTA: commuter rail - South Station to Cohasset (coming soon; under construction) via Greenbush

Space, The
85 Harding Street
Worcester, MA
MBTA: commuter rail - South Station to Worcester via Worcester

Great DIY space run by the Worcester Artist's Alliance or something like that. Metal, hardcore, emo, and punk stuff is here on almost every Sunday and lots of Fridays and Saturdays and some other dates too. Grade, Morning Again, Adamantium, The Swarm, Isis, Burn it Down, Bane, Barrit, Cave In, Converge, Ten Yard Fight, Open Up, The Trust, Proclamation, Piebald, Kid Dynamite, Panthro UK United 13, Saves the Day, Damnation AD are some of the bigger acts to have played here.

St. John's Gym
149 Chestnut Street
Clinton, MA

There haven't been shows here for a while. Neurosis, Cave In, Dillinger Escape Plan, AVAIL, Converge, Unsane, Suicide Machines, Ignite, Bouncing Souls, NOFX, and other bands have performed here in the past.

Tank, The
367 Revere Beach Blvd
Revere, MA 02151
MBTA: blue line to Revere Beach

Tilly's Restaurant
1390 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01103

Tri-County Fairgrounds
Northampton, MA

Where the Warped Tour has been held for the past 3 years. Enough room for about 25000 people.

Tsongas Arena
300 Arcand Drive
Lowell, MA 01852
FAX: 978-848-6999
MBTA: commuter rail - North Station to Lowell via Lowell

Located right on the Merrimack River, this new arena can hold 7800 people. It is usually a hockey rink for The UMASS-Lowell River Hawks. Performances there in the past have included blink 182, Korn, The Aquabats, and Hanson.

TT the Bears
10 Brookline Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Booking Line: 617-492-0082
Concert Line: 617-492-2327
MBTA: red line to Central Square

Some pop-punk, emo shows. Occassional ska stuff. More local but you get bands like Jets to Brazil and the Groovie Ghoulies and the Donnas coming through from time to time.

Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
885 South Main Street
Mansfield, MA
MBTA: commuter rail - South Station to Mansfield via Attleboro/Providence

Used to be Great Woods. Holds close to 20,000 people. Weezer, No Doubt, blink182, Green Day, The Offspring, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, face to face, The Lunacicks, Bim Skala Bim, Jewel, and others have played there. It's open during the summer months and is quite expensive.

Unitarian Church
Powder House Road
Groton, MA

Veasey Memorial Park
201 Washington Street
Groveland, MA 01834

VFW Hall
311 Pleasant Street
Ashland, MA

VFW (North End)
246 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113
MBTA: green or blue line to Government Center

VFW (Memorial Hall)
Charlestown, MA
MBTA: orange line to Community College

310 Woodland Street
Holliston, MA 01746

VFW Post 8349
26 River Street, Methuen, MA

you must be over 21 to rent out this hall. Fastbreak played here once awhile ago and the owners didn't like it very much.

837 Washington St
Stoughton, MA 02072

33 County Street
Ipswich, MA

7 Temple Street
Cambridge, MA
MBTA: red line to Central Square

There were some great shows here set up by Shred, but it ran its worth as it fell subject to overcrowding. Joshua, Close Call, Garrison, The Shyness Clinic, Battery, Reach the Sky, Bane, Piebald, Six Going on Seven all played here.

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