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Top Choice Live Music in Burlington

Light Club Lamp Shop

One of Burlington's coolest and quirkiest venues, this place doubles – well, OK, triples – as a lamp shop (witness the amazing collection hanging from the walls and ceiling), a wine bar and a performance space. Show…
Top Choice Live Music in Cambridge

Lizard Lounge

The underground Lizard Lounge doubles as a rock and jazz venue. The big drawcard is the Sunday-night poetry slam, featuring music by the jazzy Jeff Robinson Trio. Also popular are the Monday open-mic challenge and r…
Top Choice Classical Music in Kenmore Square & Fenway

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Flawless acoustics match the ambitious programs of the world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra. From September to April, the BSO performs in the beauteous Symphony Hall, featuring an ornamental high-relief ceiling …
Top Choice Live Music in Back Bay

Red Room @ Café 939

Run by Berklee students, the Red Room @ 939 has emerged as one of Boston's least predictable and most enjoyable music venues. It has an excellent sound system and a baby grand piano; most importantly, it books inter…
Top Choice Jazz in South End & Chinatown

Wally’s Café

When Wally's opened in 1947, Barbadian immigrant Joseph Walcott became the first African American to own a nightclub in New England. Old-school, gritty and small, it still attracts a racially diverse crowd to hear j…
Top Choice Live Music in Cambridge

Club Passim

Folk music in Boston seems to be endangered outside of Irish bars, but the legendary Club Passim does such a great job booking top-notch acts that it practically fills in the vacuum by itself. The colorful, intimate…
Live Music in Great Barrington

Guthrie Center

The old church made famous in Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant hosts a beloved Troubadour series, featuring folk concerts by the likes of Tom Chapin, Steve Katz and, occasionally, local boy Arlo himself. It's a coz…
Live Music in Burlington

Nectar's

Indie darlings Phish got their start here and the joint still rocks out with the help of aspiring acts. Grab a vinyl booth or chill at the bar or dance upstairs at Club Metronome (clubmetronome.com), which hosts a s…
Classical Music in New Haven

New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Yale's Woolsey Hall is home to most performances by this orchestra, whose season runs from October through April. Outside season, crowds flock to the New Haven Green for the special outdoor summer concert series (fe…
Live Music in New Haven

Café Nine

An old-school beatnik dive with a roadhouse feel, this is the heart of New Haven's local music scene (it dubs itself the 'musician's living room'). It's an odd place where banjo-playing hippies rub shoulders with ro…