Roadrunner, which opened last year in Allston-Brighton, offers clear sightlines throughout the venue. | Photo by Ben Stas
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.
Lay your eyes (and ears) on our guide to Boston venues:
Rockstar Stadiums + Arenas
Fenway Park | 4 Jersey St. Capacity: ~38,000 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 Capacity: 19,580 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.
Citizens House of Blues Boston | 15 Lansdowne St. Capacity: 2,200 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. Capacity: 5,000 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.
Hit the (Rock) Club
Brighton Music Hall | 158 Brighton St. Capacity: 476 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. Capacity: 933 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. Capacity: 1,200 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.
Fit On The Garden | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Prudential Center South Garden, 800 Boylston St., Boston | Free | Enjoy barre conditioning with Ellaine Mirabella as part of this outdoor workout series
Zildjian 400th Anniversary Concert | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 6:30 p.m. | Roadrunner, 89 Guest St., Boston | $50 | Fred Armisen hosts this toast to the Massachusetts-based cymbal brand, which will feature performances by today’s greatest drummers.
Thursday, Sept. 21
Circus On Ice | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 6 p.m. | Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville | $25 | Classic ballet meets modern circus arts in this traveling act that sends performers spinning across synthetic ice.
Third Thursdays Poetry | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 7 p.m. | Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline | Free | Hear poets Jared Harél, Max Heinegg, Deborah Leipziger, and Anastasia Vassos share their poignant work.
Friday, Sept. 22
Weirder Wine | Friday, Sept. 22 | 7-8 p.m. | curds&co, 288 Washington St., Brookline | $65 | Bring your most adventurous cheese-loving friends for a night of daring and bold flavors.
Cuatro and Poetry | Friday, Sept. 22 | 7-9 p.m. | City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Sq., Boston | Free | Discover the Afro-Antillean rhythms and women’s voices Yara Liceaga, Fabiola Méndez, and the Puerto Rican cuatro.
Saturday, Sept. 23
Kick It @ The Speedway | Saturday, Sept. 23 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | The Charles River Speedway, 525 Western Ave., Brighton | $10 | Sweat it out with Kick It by Eliza at this kickboxing class on the patio — tickets include class and a glass of wine or beer after.
Raising Voices Festival: A Celebration of Music, Art + Power of Protest | Saturday, Sept. 23-Sunday, Sept. 24 | Times vary | Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston | Free | People of all ages are welcome at this festival with performances from local and national artists, performers, theatrical happenings, poets, artist and community pop-ups.
Saturday, Oct. 14
15th Annual NH Brew Fest | Saturday, Oct. 14 | 12-4:30 p.m. | Cisco Brewers Portsmouth, 35 Corporate Dr., Portsmouth, NH | $20-$80 | Cheers to 15 years of beer — enjoy craft beer, food trucks, music, and more for a great cause.*
The John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center is now open in Kendall Square, following four years of construction. The new building boasts an 800-person conference room, six lab areas, a daycare center, and electric vehicle charging stations, among many other green features. (Boston Globe)
Today’s lunch break just got naughty. Head to Quincy Market between 12-1 p.m. this afternoon for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Naughty Waffle’s first brick-and-mortar location. Bonus: Stop by the sticky-sweet eatery at any time today to enjoy celebratory buy-one-get-one-free deals.
The Fitchburg line of the commuter rail has resumed service between the Wachusett and Shirley stops, following extensive repairs to the tracks. Crews moved 3,000+ tons of stone to replace ground washed away by recent flooding, which was key to supporting the tracks. (Boston 25 News)
This Barbie’s job is baseball. Fenway Park — or should we say Kenway Park? — will host Barbie Night this Friday, Sept. 22. Fans can pregame at a “Pink Party” on the Sam Deck ahead of the game against the White Sox + folks who purchase tickets through this link will receive a limited-edition Red Sox Barbie t-shirt.
High prices, low sales. According to the Greater Boston Association of Realtors, last month’s home purchases in the area marked the lowest number for August sales in over a decade. The median cost of single-family houses sold in August was $881,000, while the median cost for condos was $685,000. (Boston Globe)
Picture this: Your artwork hanging in Boston City Hall + $2,500 in your pocket. The city is now accepting local submissions for the Fay Chandler EMERGING Art Exhibition, which opens in late November. Three artists will also win prizes ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. The submission deadline is Friday, Oct. 27.
Grab a New York slice in Harvard Square at Joe Pizza’s, the first shop from the Manhattan-based chain to open in New England. The new pizzeria is serving thin-crust pies at 3 Brattle St. in Cambridge, previously home to &Pizza and Milk Bar. (Boston Restaurant Talk)
Refinance rates are skyrocketing. But home equity rates remain relatively low — which means that now is a great time to borrow against your home. Calculate your payment.*
Menopausal symptoms can show up as early as your mid-30s. Test your hormones + walk through your results with a specialist with Wellcore’s $99 At-Home Assessment Kit.*
Two of the in-person screenings will take place at the Paramount Theatre on Washington Street. | Photo by @thechrisdk
We hope you have a hankering for popcorn. The 39th Boston Film Festival kicks off this week, bringing six films to local theaters, and even more flicks to at-home viewers.
In-person screenings will run from Thursday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Paramount Theatre, Boston Public Library, MIT Media Lab, and Shalin Liu (in Rockport). Standouts from this year’s selection include the dog-centric documentary “Healing Dakota” and the true crime thriller “American Outlaws.”
Pro tip: Many of these screenings include bonus features, (think: Q+As and award presentations) so stick around once the lights go up.
The festival’s at-home component will offer virtual, ticketed viewings of documentaries, shorts, and films on Friday, Sept. 22 and Saturday, Sept. 30. See what’s on the schedule so you can tune in from the couch this weekend.
As someone with a background in music journalism, I hear one question almost constantly: “how do you find new music?” I tell folks every time to go see live music, and to show up early for the opening act. Chances are, if you like the headliner, you’ll dig who’s warming up the crowd, too.
Peruse our new music venue guide to find your next new favorite venue. My method is more accurate than any algorithm — I promise.