Hear that? It’s the scintillating sound of Boston’s live music venues beckoning you to a performance you’ll never forget.
The concert scene is truly unmatched in our area — from TD Garden to O’Brien’s Pub, there’s a stage for any type of tune. To get to know them all, you must do three things.
Put your hands in the air, wave ‘em like you just don’t care, then lay your eyes (and ears) on our guide.
Rockstar Stadiums + Arenas
Agganis Arena | 925 Commonwealth Ave.
When college hockey teams aren’t chasing the puck, artists like Phoenix and Kali Uchis pack this arena on Boston University’s West campus.
Fenway Park | 4 Jersey St.
The century-old ballpark flips its field into a music fan zone a handful of times during the warmer months, making every performance from icons like Lady Gaga and Aerosmith feel historic.
TD Garden | 100 Legends Way
With access to the commuter rail + the MBTA’s Orange and Green Lines, TD Garden is one of the most accessible places to see superstars ranging from Lizzo and Arctic Monkeys to Madonna and The Eagles.
Xfinity Center | 885 S Main St., Mansfield
Stops from joint tours across all genres and eras — from Janet Jackson + Ludacris to Chris Stapleton + Elle King — make this outdoor amphitheater worth the ~35 mile drive from Boston.
Gillette Stadium | 1 Patriot Place, Foxborough
Whether you’re talking about sports or music, Gillette is where the GOATs go. Every summer the stadium attracts some of the top-selling artists in history, including The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, and Beyoncé + Jay-Z.
Boch Center at the Wang Theatre | 270 Tremont St.
Originally named the Metropolitan Theatre, this ornate building has been home to the arts in Boston for nearly 100 years. While most folks associate the theater with musicals, the venue welcomes acts like Nick Cave and Lorde, as well as a jolly assortment of holiday-themed programming throughout the winter.
Citizens House of Blues Boston | 15 Lansdowne St.
One of the largest venues in the House of Blues chain is located in the heart of Fenway-Kenmore, complete with a restaurant serving soul food, perfect for fueling up before a show.
Leader Bank Pavilion | 290 Northern Ave.
Take the Silver Line to the Seaport to score two breathtaking views from your seat under the Pavilion’s tent: sunset at the Boston harbor and whoever’s onstage, be it Alvvays, Hozier, or Boston’s own BIA.
MGM Music Hall at Fenway | 2 Lansdowne St.
Plush seats, a rooftop bar, and three spacious floors for viewing elevate the concert experience amid the bustle of Lansdowne Street. In its first year in business, the venue has already attracted back-to-back shows from acts like Bruno Mars and boygenius.
Orpheum Theatre | 1 Hamilton Pl.
Once known as the original home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Orpheum now welcomes greats like Bob Dylan and Lucinda Williams as it approaches its 175th anniversary.
Roadrunner | 89 Guest St.
This relatively new venue — whose name is a nod to a tune from the Natick-based band The Modern Lovers — was designed with sightlines in mind (aka the view), meaning there there’s truly no bad spot for watching performances from Tove Lo, Jason Isbell, and Gucci Mane.
Hit the (Rock) Club
Big Night Live | 110 Causeway St.
This nightclub throws regular ragers with the hottest acts in hip-hop and EDM. Read: Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, and 50 Cent make frequent stops here on tour.
Brighton Music Hall | 158 Brighton St.
Once home to the Harpers Ferry, Brighton Music Hall continues the venue’s legacy by packing in students from Boston University and Boston College to see trending up-and-comers like GAYLE and Glorilla, plus rising Boston acts such as Squirrel Flower and GA-20.
Paradise Rock Club | 967 Commonwealth Ave.
Over the course of its 40-plus year history, the ‘Dise’s stage has been a major stepping stone for some of the biggest acts in the world: Tom Petty, U2, Billy Joel, Snoop Dogg, and Billie Eilish, to name a few.
Royale | 279 Tremont St.
This chameleon of Boston’s Theatre District is known for effortlessly packing a concert and themed dance night into one epic evening. Come early for shows with Blu DeTiger or Osees, then snap up a second ticket to hear whatever the DJ is spinning.
City Winery Boston | 80 Beverly St.
Have a seat at the winery’s Main Hall, or enjoy a more casual experience at the Haymarket Lounge. Themed shows celebrate everyone from Bob Marley to John Lennon, while touring acts offer just as much variety, spanning The Electric Six, The Wild Feathers, and Roomful of Blues.
Grace By Nia | 60 Seaport Blvd.
Capacity: 166 (seated), 243 (standing)
The newly-opened supper club in the Seaport pairs fresh twists on favorite Southern dishes with an assortment of live jazz, funk, and soul music every Wednesday through Sunday.
O’Brien’s Pub | 3 Harvard Ave.
At this treasured Allston dive bar, guests come face-to-face with their favorite bands, literally — the stage isn’t very tall. O’Brien’s is a particularly great spot for familiarizing yourself with Boston’s rumbling rock scene.
The Red Room at Cafe 939 | 939 Boylston St.
This all-ages, Berklee-owned room boasts a flair for the avant garde, booking acts like Alice Longyu Gao and Jaggery, although mainstream names such Young the Giant, Tyler Childers, and Tori Kelly have graced this stage.
Wally’s Cafe Jazz Club | 427 Massachusetts Ave.
Throw yourself into a bygone era inside the cozy confines of Wally’s. The beat never stops at this family-owned and operated jazz club, which hosts live music every night of the year.
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