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Live Music Venue Review: The Palladium

February 17, 2011 11:07 PM

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Witold "Vitek" Kiełtyka - drummer for polish death metal band 'Decapitatd' playing live at The Palladium (credit: returnofthepit.com via Wikimedia Commons)

Witold “Vitek” Kiełtyka – drummer for polish death metal band ‘Decapitatd’ playing live at The Palladium (credit: returnofthepit.com via Wikimedia Commons)

wikimedia Live Music Venue Review: The Palladium

Witold "Vitek" Kiełtyka - drummer for metal band 'Decapitated' playing live at The Palladium (credit: returnofthepit.com via Wikimedia Commons)

261 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 797-9696
Online: www.thepalladium.net

All ages venue 
Capacity: 2,633

There is a jewel hiding in Worcester.  The Palladium is a historic 20th Century theater that has remained alive for the local and national music scenes.

This balconied theater is well-worn with examples of period architecture and adornment.   The tattered seating in the booth and second levels has an old school rock-and-roll charm. 

The acoustics are what you would envision a 100+ year old venue to be, large and echoey.  The PA system is geared for the rock and heavier genres of music, with enough volume to get anyone to wear ear protection. 

The stage is large and high enough for the general admission only crowd to see from most vantage points.  There is also a second stage on the entrance mid-floor that accommodates smaller shows or second stage acts during multiple billed music festivals. The Palladium has a vendor loft area for show merchandise to be displayed. 

There are two bars serving beer, and liquor to the 21+ concert goers. Security staff is seasoned to handle any situation with the utmost of skill

Featured acts that have played are everything from B.B. King and Sum 41 to Slayer.  The venue hosts many large scale and long running events such as the New England Metal and Hardcore festival and The Skate Fest. 

The Palladium is conveniently located near multiple highways and any level of lodging needed.  Tickets can be purchased through many outlets including Tickets.com and FYE locations. 

If you are looking for a venue that hosts shows in a historic location, The Palladium theater is your tour stop.

Shawn Sixx is a producer for CBS Radio Boston’s WZLX. He is also a contributing writer for AMP Magazine and Ryan’s Smashing Life.
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