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Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the United States’ oldest and most historically significant cities. A key player in the American Revolution, it has been a pulse of America's political positioning. Although Boston is not known exclusively or even primarily for its entertainment culture, the city has loads to offer in this realm. Beyond historic tours and sports games, Boston has a notable music scene. Today, its prolific rock community, affordable venues, and ascending artists give the city a distinct sound. Read below to find out why locals flock to concerts and why travelers ought to stop by and give the city’s sounds a shot.
Boston is one of the cities that built rock and roll, and its contemporary takes on rock are crossing genres
Boston (the band), The Cars, Pixies, Aerosmith, and tons of niche-rock groups carved a path in Boston. In the 70s, 80s, and 90s, Boston rock had its heyday. Today, excellent rock concerts can be seen around Boston, with its rock foundation still remembered today. Plenty of cover bands fill dives around town. In addition, Vundebar, Los Elk, Plums, Box of Birds, and Palehound are some of the local rockers with their own spin on the classic genre. Influences of indie, surf, punk, and funk integrate to make these artists stand out from other rockers. Listeners who want to explore new facets of one of the core American genres can find quality concerts in Boston.
Boston has affordable options for thrifty concert lovers
One of the biggest barriers to experiencing concerts is cost. Of course, artists still deserve fair pay for their work, so a small number of venues in Boston are covering the costs. For cover-free entry, listeners do not have to cram into low-ceiling basements and cold garages. Experience music with a high-class atmosphere at these venues.
Lucky’s Lounge has live music every single day—during brunch and dinner—with no cover cost. In this classy, warm establishment, just pay for food and drink. This autumn, performers include the following: The Blue Light Bandits, Adam Hanna, Patrick Dowling, Vincent King, Kali, The Royal Furs, Big Party Orchestra, The Chicken Slacks, Different Strokez, The Eli Cash Band, DJ Stenzel Washington, DJ Rugged, and DJ Demand.
The Beehive is a Bohemian bar and eatery that has won countless awards for its offerings. Jazz, Blues, R&B, Electronica, Reggae, Latin, Country, Cabaret, and Burlesque are some of the genres in rotation for nightly entertainment almost every day. Some of the artists brought in by the Beehive include Jim Kelly, Bobby Keyes, Erika Badu, Naya Rockers, and Nadia Washington.
Boston has plenty of talent that is taking shape and changing the city's sound
Some cities are not able to create, support, and sustain new local creative energy. Boston is not one of those cities. There is enough talent that local papers and media companies can consistently call on emerging artistry. Boston has an entire series, the 617 Sessions, composed of local artists who contribute to Boston’s sound, offering complimentary studio time to these wave-makers. In 2018, picks include Prior Panic, Paper Citizen, Oompa, Valleyheart, Chase Murphy, Johnny Glenn, GHOST GIRL, Ali McGuirk, Marquis Filthy, and Dylan Rockoff. These artists are sure to continue making appearances in local and regional venues to satisfy crowds. For listeners who cannot make it into the audience, buy 617 Sessions’ annual albums.