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Old 02-04-2024, 11:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When it comes to gigs, the musicians I'd like to see are my main concern, not the place they're playing (with the exception of some really **** venues). But all things being equal, the following is a list of venues I've never seen shows at before but would like to if I was in the area and a band or solo artist I'd like to see had a gig there:

Bowery Ballroom - New York, New York

People whose opinions I respect have had good things to say about this place, including my daughter and my brother-in-law. Well, maybe not so much my brother-in-law, who mainly wants to get plastered while a band plays in the backround.

Denver Coliseum - Denver, Colorado

I seldom go to shows at huge places anymore. But I'm impressed that this 10.500 capacity venue, opened in 1951 or 1952 is still standing and hasn't been demolished in favor of a new place that some private company wants taxpayers to pony up millions to help pay for. Maybe that's because the City of Denver owns the Coliseum.

9:30 Club - Washington, DC

A lot of history, a lot of good acts have played there, and they still get some good acts there.

The Vogue - Indianapolis, Indiana

See 9:30 Club for reasons

Jazz Kitchen - Indianapolis, Indiana

My city (Cincinnati) lost its long running jazz club due to mismanagement several years back, and no other venue has really stepped up to properly fill the void. They serve food, as the name indicates, but you aren't required to have dinner in order to see the show.

Holland Theatre, Bellefontaine, Ohio

This place has a replica model of an old Dutch village attached to the walls, not just painted on. The pictures online look so good that it must be amazing to see in person. Bellefontaine is the kind of smaller city that touring musicians never would have played back in the day. But with more bands playing more gigs to make up for lost revenue from the decline in record/CD/other physical media sales, this place gets some shows, some of which are by acts worth seeing.

Palace Theatre - Canton, Ohio

A beautiful restored theater, originally built in 1926. It was barely saved from the wrecking ball and restored to its former splendor. Mrs. Drjohnrock and i were going to go see Petula Clark here a few years back but circumstances wouldn't allow it.

Legends - Cheviot, Ohio

I might have mentioned this club in another thread. It is located in an "inner ring", traditionally blue collar suburb of CIncinnati that is an unusual locations for any venue featuring touring musicians. But the place seems to be doing all right. They book a lot of goofy metal bands that don't interest me but they host a smattering of rockabilly, punk and alternative/indie bands. I haven't been able to attend any show there yet due to personal scheduling difficulties. But eventually I'll get there.

Feel free to post your own list. .
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Old 02-14-2024, 12:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, if no one else is going to reply, I'll add another venue of my own:

Space - Evanston, Illinois

Evanston is a suburb of Chicago, so parking is probably a lot less of a hassle than in the Windy City. Also, the place has a history of booking acts that I like.
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Can't say I've ever had a venue bucket list but the Glastonbury Festival would be something that I'd consider planning a vacation around.

Maybe one of these days, if I don't become too old or indifferent.
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Can't say I've ever had a venue bucket list but the Glastonbury Festival would be something that I'd consider planning a vacation around.

Maybe one of these days, if I don't become too old or indifferent.

I don't care for most festivals. The best one I ever attended was in Louisville, Kentucky called Cropped Out. The emphasis was on indie, avantgarde and other musicians who were "cropped out" of the mainstream. It was at a beautiful location on the Ohio River. Headliners included people like Anthony Braxton and Half Japanese. They would also have change of pace acts like comedians. I saw Sarah Sherman there before she was on Saturday Night Live. She performed under the name Sarag Squirm. Anyone who thinks she's strange on SNL would really be freaked out by her comedy act.

Sadly, it looks like Cropped Out is probably a thing of the past. The last one was in 2018. They took a planned year off in 2019, but then COVID hit in 2020. Since then, I've heard nothing about the festival returning.
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I went to various festivals when I was in my 20's to early 40's but I haven't been to one for almost 20 years. The Glastonbury Festival was the biggest one that I wanted to attend but I just never got around to it.

I find that festivals in general have less appeal for me the older I get.
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Top venues: Bowery Ballroom, 9:30 Club, Palace Theatre. Denver Coliseum's history intrigues. Legends' diverse lineup in Cheviot appeals. Jazz Kitchen essential.
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