-- Feb. 24. $30, $32 advance. George Clinton & Parliament
Funkadelic -- Feb. 25.
$25. Jesse McCartney
-- Feb. 27. $25. Saints & Sinners Tour ’09
-- March 6. $20. Justin Nozuka --
March 7. $22, $20 advance. George Thorogood & the Destroyers
-- March 11. $32.50, $29.50 advance. Dropkick Murphys
-- March 12-17. $29.50. Ozomatli -- March
18. $25. Bloc Party -- March
19. $25. The Pogues -- March
20-21. $51. The Oddity Faire, featuring
Les Claypool -- March 26.
$27, $25 advance. Live -- March 27,
$29.50 and $39.50. Morrissey -- March
29, $45. (Tickets go on sale Saturday
at noon.) Lady GaGa -- March
30. $22, $20 advance. Katy Perry -- April
1. $18. Derek Trucks Band
-- April 2. $25. Mates of State
with Black Kids
-- April 7. $20. Umphrey’s McGee
-- April 9. $25. Black Label Society
-- April 14. $29.50. Rockstar Energy Drink Presents
the AP Tour 2009 -- May
1. $17, $15 advance.
House of Blues is back. Woo Hoo
Well just as the nightlife community
saw The Lyons Group close the doors
of the last big room in Boston
( Sorry Roxy ) we are left with
a venue that couldn’t make a go
of it in Cambridge. Lansdowne suddenly
has all the makings of a true tourist
trap; Patrick is there still room
for a Planet Hollywood?
That leaves the nightlife community
with less is more?
More niche locations that unfortunately
are beginning to look and feel more
and more like the same niche…
Some venues have surfaced
– we are all thirsty for more though;
Beehive, Revolution, Lobby, and
the handful of 28 Degree and Match
clones are great but where is the
next world class and legendary venue?
The fact that we basically close
at 2am and don’t allow the 18 –
20 culture to factor into the nightscape
is bad enough; Avalon closing hurt
the perception on Boston as a world
class destination for nightlife.
We can all look forward to Live
Nation giving us the same they roll
out at the other dozen or so HOB
locations – and here we were thinking
that Gates had a monopoly…whatever
the name, Clear Channel – Live Nation
– the grip they have around our
culture is no longer tolerable –
when does too much control finally
begin to feel like too much control
for all of us?
On the upside; with a 2500 seat
or so venue Live Nation will get
acts to perform in Boston that may
not have had a venue to play prior
to the re-up of HOB.
The Lyons group will focus on opening
its restaurant under the bleachers
at Fenway Park slated for the coming