"I call it the Carnegie Hall of jazz because most jazz clubs just don't have the sound that that place has," says pianist Jason Moran, whose last album was recorded at the Vanguard. "It's the place where Moses and Mohammed and Jesus walked!"
This is a venue in Soho, NY. You can find shows by plenty of bands at very attractive prices. We went there for a concert in 2010. It has a mezzanine with a few tables you can book, or you can just get there early and grab a seat, as we did. You can see the band very well, and still have a table and chairs. Below the mezzanine is nothing but the stage and the bar. The dress code is very relaxed, and the only annoying thing about it is that the subway line that runs to the venue is not very well connected, so you'll have to change several times if traveling from the center.
The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (God, what a long name) is the main center of cultural events in Marietta, Georgia. When I arrived in Atlanta in 2010, Tom Jones was performing here, and in the same week there was a huge concert featuring the gospel choirs from churches in southern George. The Cobb Energy Perf ... (yeah, you get it) is fantastic, with glass walls, marble columns, and a carpet on the stairs. Ticket prices can range from $12 to $55. I paid $45 for two seats for Cindy Lauper and Dr John. We were sitting on the balcony, but the acoustics were fantastic, so it didn't matter too much. Important note: they sell beer, wine and spirits on the ground floor, but they are very expensive. Parking is $8 from the time you arrive until the time you leave, regardless of duration.
Another must see place in Little Five Points, Atlanta. The Variety Playhouse, dating back to 1940, has been the site of many great concerts. The list of artists who have performed here is extensive, and the last time we were here, Living Colour, Trombone Shorty and The Breeders were all playing within the same week! Tickets are usually $20, but they vary occasionally. There's no parking, so you have to leave your car in the street or pay more than $15 for a private spot. The Variety Playhouse, as well as being a vintage spot that hipsters love, is a haven for independent artists. A real gem of Little Five Points.
I had never heard of this place before until I found out that one of my favorite bands was going to play there. It's actually a really neat place. It's divided into two areas: the stage and the bar. The stage area has room for about 250 tightly-packed people, but the sound is great so it makes up for it. They also host a lot of bigger name acts, like Steven Adler who used to be in Guns N 'Roses. The bar area is more or less the same size but it also has a restaurant area where you can get things like burgers, fries, nachos, and good beer that won't cost you half your paycheck. Rather than a normal DJ, they had a DJ who was mixing music videos and it actually ended up being really cool. If you're a rock fan 37 Main-A Rock Cafe is a great place to hang out, meet people, and head-bang so much you'll need to see a chiropractor the next day!
Kato Ballroom is a step back in time- from its vintage sign to the lights and decorations inside that are more reminiscent of a 1980's wedding than a fundraiser banquet like Pheasants Forever (think camo and beards mingling with china dolls ) or for the school . Nonetheless the place will quickly grow on you, with a regular schedule for love music and a continuous stream of events; from weddings to dances to classes and more.
The Kato Ballroom has recently come under new ownership and management and is making a big push to revitalize itself by bringing in bigger events. Catering is done on site- nothing special about the good but the price is good for fundraisers! and they have a stage and two rather nice sized bar areas.
Grand Central is a huge building in the downtown area that is mainly a dance/music venue. Lots of great shows take place here, often with decent ticket prices. I like the fact that there is an outdoor space if the music and crowds are getting to overbearing. A pool table is available if you enjoy that sort of thing.
One thing is that this area is not the safest. Lots of homeless live right on the street near the venue. I'd recommend not leaving anything valuable at all in your car.
Drinks are priced on the high end. Fridays they have $5 PBRs and Peach Fuzz cocktails. Even water is $6 so that's a bargain here. Check their events and go during a concert - great experience.
I was invited to see a newer Bluegrass Band this weekend. Generally when living in Chicago I don't go 20 miles out of my way to see a band when I am surrounded my music venues all around me in the city. But this was quite the experience!
The night had a couple snafus. The bouncer wasn't so great at math and gave me so much change back that it was awkward, the sound guy must have been new because the speakers kept on screeching and pulsing, and I would not suggest eating here (may have seen a roach in the bathroom).
All of this aside the venue was extremely cool! It was an old bank transformed into a music venue. The old safe door is even still there and is do surreal that it looks fake! There were high ceilings with lights flashing in them and an upstairs area.
Geneva is a suburb of Chicago and is adorable but a little isolated. There were many different types of colorful people here all night. This venue seems like it belonged in the middle of the city with a all the music influenced decor.
The beers were pretty good and showcased a lot of Chicago microbreweries. We came to see a band called UNDER THE WILLOW. I highly suggest looking them up if you like bluegrass/folk! Overall it was a great night and I had a lot of fun. I was happy to take the adventure outside of the city!
Tuesday Night Café (TNC) is a free arts and performance series in Downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo that takes place on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from April to October every year. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. It features original numbers - including musical compositions and spoken word – from Asian American Pacific Islanders. There’s also an open mic portion every Tuesday for those not included in the lineup but wish to participate. TNC is a fantastic event to attend also to witness the AAPI community in LA and the creativity of its members. Those ve can’t make it out can still watch the performances through an online live stream. Parking options included metered spots on the street, as well as a structure in the Aiso Parking Lot on the corner of Judge Aiso Street and E 1st Street. In the lot, parking is a flat rate of $3 after 5 p.m.