For my junior year of college, I had the privilege of living just across the Mass Turnpike from the House of Blues. I went to quite a few concerts there. As a result, I can safely say it’s my favourite venue in Boston.
For starters, in the shadow of Fenway’s Green Monster is a pretty neat location to see a concert. Inside, the stage and interior of the building are so beautifully designed you’d have no idea you’re facing a freeway. Tributes to the peace, love, rock and ethos of the place are dotted around, and a disco ball hangs from the ceiling.
But my favourite thing about HoB is the calibre of artists the venue hosts. Acts that aren’t big enough to play prohibitively expensive sold out shows at TD Garden or the Bank of America pavilion in the Seaport aren’t spoilt for choice in Boston, thanks to our puritanic laws and lack of medium-sized entertainment venues. I’ve been lucky enough to see an awesome variety of shows by younger established acts like Father John Misty, or artists relatively unknown in the USA, like The Last Shadow Puppets, Passenger, and The Wombats at HoB.
If you’re not lucky enough to live just across the road, the Fenway neighbourhood has an increasing number of awesome places to eat and drink you can hit up before seeing a show here. If you’re heading straight there though, fear not. The sausage vendors are still cooking when the concert lets out.