This month we're taking a look at a new trend in live music venues, the hookah lounge. A sister location to Spiritual Haze, Electric Haze is a new 21+ lounge offering the hookahs you love alongside live music and craft drinks in Worcester MA. It’s is 21 plus, and open 7 days a week 6pm-2am. The venue has a perfectly size appropriate sound system including a 16-channel presonous mixer, JBL speakers and moitors, and Shure mics. Two different sound people are regulars for shows, and when certain bands need additional sound reinforcement the venue has the ability to bring in additional sound equipment and personnel.
Introducing Gypsy Sally's! This brand new venue in the nation's capital is set to be opening on Sept 12, 2013 and will be located at 3401 K Street NW (Georgetown). "We're very excited to announce the upcoming opening of Gypsy Sally's - Where the Music Never Stops!" There's tremendous buzz about this venue as live music finally comes back to Georgetown! The club will feature many genres of live music including Americana, Country, Rock, Bluegrass, Indie, Jazz, Blues, and more. The listed capacity is 300 and bands will be pleased to learn of their Tour Bus / Van + Trailer parking available.
Eddie's Attic in Atlanta GA entered 2013 with a stellar collection of local, regional and national singer/songwriter artists. Often featuring musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and attracting some of the best classical players in the region, the Attic is expanding its newly introduced Classical Series with several dates already booked. These sessions are not to be missed, often finding these artists melding classic fare with more modern rock standards. And in the relaxed and intimate setting of the Attic... it is definitely an experience you do not want to miss.
The Stone Church Meeting House has a rich history both in the town of Newmarket, NH and the music scene. Giving rise to many local and touring acts such as: Phish, Bonnie Raitt, Parliament, Patty Larkin, Béla Fleck, David Grisman Quintet, Joan Osborne, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Radiators, moe, John Butler Trio, John Scofield, Soulive, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, and local acts such as Percy Hill, Say Zuzu, Scissorfight, Thanks to Gravity, Bill Morrissey, and Truffle. Along with stops by world famous acts such as Aerosmith and Buddy Guy.
For the last three decades, there has really been only one place in Springfield MA that is serving a combination of soul food and soul enriching blues, rock and funk. Virtually any night of the week you can wander into Theodore's and catch some amazing music while sampling from a menu that has authentic southern soul cuisine. From traditional blues to their new found tastes in everything from funk to bluegrass, americana to rock, Theodore's is minting a new tradition of music in a city that has not been known for live music of late.
Mauch Chunk Opera House
Jim Thorpe, PA
Nestled in the Pocono Mountains of Eastern Pennsylvania is a small town made famous by changing their town's name to honor one of America's greatest athletes, Jim Thorpe. Though he was not from there, the town was inspired by his accomplishments and took his name. In the late 1800s when the area was still known as Mauch Chunk, the community came together and decided to build a building for community events, town hall, and local market. Over the years that building has been renovated many times and is the current Opera House for the area. As not too many operas are heading through NEPA, for decades it has housed concerts for the community.
The Good Foot
Over the years, the Good Foot has been one of the best venues for live music fans in the Rose City of Portland, Oregon. Long known as a place where people really believe in quality of life over other things like work and money, Portland is a vibrant city that is growing and has a focus on outdoor living, the environment, and a generally bohemian lifestyle. For years, the Good Foot has been a place for these types of people to come and see live music. Not interested in cover bands or DJs or other fad oriented music, the customers come to see bands that play music that way it should be played.
We gig all over Chicago and recently had a chance to get in on the ground floor of a new venue in the South suburbs called the Voodoo Lounge. It is part of a fabulous restaurant campus that includes Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café,serving top notch Mexican food, and the Voodoo Lounge, which as the name implies is the Cajun way station and BBQ depot. This is where the bands play and is in the French Quarter tradition: a painted concrete floor and low tile ceiling.
For our current venue spotlight, we’re checking out a new venue in Lexington, KY called Cosmic Charlie’s. We had a great conversation with Mark Evans, who is booking the room. In some ways, this room is taking some of the vibe from the Fishtank, an institution in Lexington the last few years in terms of live music, and bringing it across the street to Cosmic Charlie’s. So here is some great information from Mark about their booking philosophy, what the club is going to be like, and just some general musical chit chat!
For the venue Spotlight of the month we are going to wander our way to the Windy City, to the Southside where our President is from, close to the Lake and Navy Pier and all the other wild goings on in Chicago, and check out a club that is somewhat new in the Chicago-land scene, Reggie’s. The interesting thing about this club, is that it is not just a club, it’s not just two clubs, and it is not just two clubs and a record store. It really is a lifestyle.