Howdy people – it’s your mayor, and I’ve got some dirt about Fenway. No, I don’t have any updates on the whereabouts of Youkilis’ goatee (which he shaved off for a $5000 donation to his charity youkskids.org).
What I do want to talk about is the soon-to-be-new face of Landsowne street. As you may have heard when it was announced this summer, Avalon and Axis, two of Beantown’s best known clubs, have closed their doors to make way for the Lansdowne Street Music Hall. This 35,000 sq-ft. facility boasts seating for 2500, multiple restaurants and even proper dressing rooms for the entertainers. But does this mean that the days of $15 rock shows behind the Green Monster are gone? It is yet to be seen which acts this new venue will attract, and the cost of getting in to see them.
My first trip to Avalon was in late 2004 when I went to see the always-entertaining Marilyn Manson. Having seen him the year before at the Orpheum (hands down THE WORST venue I have ever been to….anywhere), I remember how fun it was to see a big name act at a small venue. The intimacy that a small venue can create when seeing a band that normally sells out larger venues and arenas is awesome. The music sounds better, and you always have a good view of the stage. Let’s hope that the new chapter on live music at Fenway is full of great bands, affordable seats, and maybe even a few rock ‘n roll goatees….