Boston’s Best Small Concert Venues

October 24, 2010 8:55 PM

(credit: Paradise Lounge)

By Yoojin Cho

Live music? Check. Small stage? Check. Up close to my favorite band? Check.

The most memorable concert I have been to was at an extremely small venue where a 10-person band barely fit on the stage with all of their instruments. At the beginning of the set, the lead singer simply said, “Just think of this as a big party and disregard the fact that we’re standing on the stage.”

Needless to say, everyone in the audience cheered, clapped, sang and danced together without any restrictions from stairs, seats or railings.

While big arenas offer seats and elbow rooms, looking down at the lead guitarist from the last row on the balcony isn’t always the most “fun” way to watch a concert. Sometimes it’s a lot better to be packed shoulder-to-shoulder with other avid fans, dancing and singing along.

So get ready to dance a little, sing a little and simply enjoy your favorite music at these small venues around Boston!

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(credit: Paradise Lounge)

Paradise Rock Club

967 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA

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(credit: Great Scott)

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(credit: Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub/Ilya Mirman)

Yoojin Cho is a Boston University student and aspiring journalist. She spent two semesters interning with the CBSBoston Digital team.