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06:53 PM on 01/10/12 
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I haven't seen this anywhere else, so I'm hoping this will be appropriate here.

I know most of the venues in my immediate area, but I have no clue of what some good venues are in the surrounding states. I thought this might be a convenient location where we can house a whole bunch of venues in one place to help people out if they're travelling and have free time on their hands. I have a bunch of vacation time and it'd be helpful to know where to look for shows.

I can compile a list by state on this first post.

Good idea/bad idea?

EDIT:
Arizona
Colorado
Connecticut
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Maryland
Minnesota
New Hampshire
New York/LI/Brooklyn
New Jersey
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Utah
07:24 PM on 01/10/12 
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If you browse the right hand side of my extremely outdated site ( http://www.intunemusiconline.com ) you'll get a good chunk of NY, PA, and NJ, sorted by city.

Not a bad start.
07:32 PM on 01/10/12 
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Webster Theater, Hartford, CT http://www.webstertheater.com
Toad's Place, New Haven, CT http://www.toadsplace.com
Oakdale (and the Dome at Oakdale), Wallingford, CT http://www.livenation.com
The Space, Hamden, CT http://www.thespace.tk
Tuxedo Junction, Danbury, CT http://www.FUCKillerCool.com
Comcast Theater, Hartford, CT http://www.livenation.com
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT http://www.mohegansun.com/entertainment
MGM Grand @ Foxwoods, Ledyard, CT http://www.foxwoods.com
Heirloom Arts Theater, Danbury, CT http://www.heirloomarts.org

Best venues (in my opinion) are The Space and Toad's Place.

Hope this is what you meant haha.
07:44 PM on 01/10/12 
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Webster Theater, Hartford, CT http://www.webstertheater.com
Toad's Place, New Haven, CT http://www.toadsplace.com
Oakdale (and the Dome at Oakdale), Wallingford, CT http://www.livenation.com
The Space, Hamden, CT http://www.thespace.tk
Tuxedo Junction, Danbury, CT http://www.FUCKillerCool.com
Comcast Theater, Hartford, CT http://www.livenation.com
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT http://www.mohegansun.com/entertainment
MGM Grand @ Foxwoods, Ledyard, CT http://www.foxwoods.com
Heirloom Arts Theater, Danbury, CT http://www.heirloomarts.org

Best venues (in my opinion) are The Space and Toad's Place.

Hope this is what you meant haha.

This is EXACTLY what I was thinking.
07:45 PM on 01/10/12 
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If you browse the right hand side of my extremely outdated site ( http://www.intunemusiconline.com ) you'll get a good chunk of NY, PA, and NJ, sorted by city.

Not a bad start.

Thanks.
07:53 PM on 01/10/12 
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I like it. Here's some venues I'm aware of.

New Hampshire:

Casino Ballroom - Hampton, NH - 2000ish capacity indoor venue. Lots of good shows April-November. I love this venue and highly recommend it.

Meadowbrook - Gilford, NH - outdoor pavilion. Some good shows may-October. Small for a pavilion which is nice, almost has a country club feel. Really interesting

Verizon wireless arena - Manchester, NH - large indoor arena. Mostly hockey games and kellyclarkson j burbs type shows. Never seen a show here.

Rockos - Manchester, NH - 300ish capacity small local venue. Several shows a week yearlong, mostly metal and hardcore. I really like this venue. Theres a large crowd who go to basically every show there, and they're all nice people.

That's it for my home state. Here's some other nearby venues I've been to though.

Tsongas Arena - Lowell, MA - Indoor arena. Some good shows here. Average.

Palladium - Worcester, MA - 2500ish capacity venue. Floor with seats in back and balcony. Another one of my highly recommended venues.

House of Blues - Boston, MA - haven't been to any other HOBs so I can't compare, it is very new though and larger than other HOBs. Lots of good shows. Decent venue with occasionally tight ass security and heaps of children and parents. Often poor sound here, beware.

Empire nightclub - Portland, ME - not sure if it's a venue anymore, saw a really intimate TAI show there once (150 ppl max).

State Theater - Portland, ME - several good shows year round. 2500ish capacity. Old theater type venue. Very nice. Recently renovated and wonderful sound system.

Comcast Theater - Mansfield, MA - only been here for warped. Large outdoor amphitheater. Amphitheater is average. Warped setting is between amphitheater, woods, dirt and paved parking lots.

Higher ground - Burlington, VT - never been there but I've heard good things.
08:19 PM on 01/10/12 
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Thought I'd elaborate on mine and do what swimhockey did.
Webster Theater, Hartford, CT- 2 stages (main and underground.) Underground is one of my favorites. 300 people max, small, intimate, no barricade. Feels like a closet. Main is big. Was an old movie theater, so it's that size. 1250 max. More national bigger tours than local shows here. Sound on both stages is abnormally loud. Main has recently had Mayday, Skrillex, Panic at the Disco, DRUGS in a few weeks. Underground had The Bunny The Bear, Texas In July, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, local shows.

Toad's Place, New Haven, CT - One of the more famous venues in the USA. 800 person cap, barricade. Weird layout, venue is really long width wise, not a bad spot in the place. Be warned - floors are sticky, and you will leave the venue smelling like INSANELY stale beer and puke. Still love the venue. Great sound. Both local and national tours. AP Tour hits here every year, a few other shows (some rap [ mac miller, royce da 5'9], The Ready Set was just here as well) but has a ton of local shows.

Oakdale (and the Dome at Oakdale), Wallingford, CT - 2 venues, the Oakdale (actual theater) and the dome (they set up a stage in the lobby). Main theater is 5500 cap, Dome is probably 2500 - 3000 cap. Dome shows arent frequent but have shows such as All Time Low, Killswitch, Dropkicks. Main theater has the Honda Civic tour almost every year, 30 STM, etc. Both have great sound. Main stage is all seats with the first 15 rows of seats being able to be removed forming a pit. 2 Floors. Dome is GA.

The Space, Hamden, CT - My favorite. Well, I may be biased because I work here. But still. 2 floor venue. Bottom floor is the actual concert area. Downstairs has a cafe (makes KILLER sandwiches). Back half of the venue is all couches, front half is standing. 150 cap, but thats pushing it. No barricade. Stage is 3 to 4 inches off of the ground. SUPER intimate. Sound tends to be a little too loud. Can't crowdsurf here (you'll hit the ceiling.) Upstairs has a vintage thrift shop and arcade with vintage 80's and 90's games. Lots of local shows, some big national ones as well (Swellers were here in August, Breathe Carolina in November, Hit The Lights in November, Max Bemis last month)

Tuxedo Junction, Danbury, CT - Haven't been here yet, but it has 2 stages. Both have no Barricade. Relatively new. We Came As Romans, The Wonder Years, and Miss May I all recently played here.

Comcast Theater, Hartford, CT - Huge 25,000 seat indoor outdoor ampitheater. GA lawn area, seats, and can have a pit. Sound is awesome. Can't really see if you are on the lawn, but I always have the most fun on the lawn. Big shows - Nickelback, Warped, Mayhem, tons of country shows, Dave Matthews, etc.

Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT - 9200 seat arena. 2 levels (floor, balcony). Relatively small for an arena, not a truly bad seat in the house. Great sound. More national touring acts (Ke$ha, Van Halen, Dropkicks, everyone plays here). Can have GA floors.

MGM Grand @ Foxwoods, Ledyard, CT - Moderate venue. Probably 5-6000. 2 floors, sucks to be in the balcony. Very long venue, you could be very far away. Great sound. All seats. Some shows here have been The Script, Snoop Dogg, Demi Lovato, Lynard Skynard.

Heirloom Arts Theater, Danbury, CT 450 - 500 cap venue. Many local shows, the occasional (one or 2 a year) national shows. Very awkwardly high stage (like 5 feet high.) Sound is okay, kind of loud. Again, mainly locals, but The Wonder Years, Patent Pending, Valencia, and Set it Off have played here in the past.
08:40 PM on 01/10/12 
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Here's my contribution...

Long Island:
The Vibe Lounge - Rockville Center, NY - Www.ClubLoaded.Com
Ollie's Point - Amityville, NY - Www.ClubLoaded.Com
The Paramount - Huntington, NY - Www.ParamountNY.Com/
The Broadway Bar - Amityville, NY - Www.Facebook.Com/Profile.Php?ID=100001358705234
Ethical Humanist Society - Garden City, NY - Www.LIECC.Com
East Islip Lanes (June - September only) - East Islip, NY - Www.Facebook.Com/Pages/EI-Lanes-Shows/
Nassau Coliseum - Uniondale, NY - Www.NassauColiseum.Com
Sinclairs Pub - West Babylon, NY - Www.Facebook.Com/SinclairsPub2

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NYC:
Best Buy Theater - Www.BestBuyTheater.com
Roseland Ballroom - Www.RoselandBallroom.Com
Hammerstein Ballroom - Www.Ticketmaster.Com/Manhattan-Center-Hammerstein-Ballroom-Tickets-New-York/Venue/280
Terminal 5 - Www.Terminal5NYC.Com
Gramercy Theatre - Www.TheGramercyTheatre.Com
Highline Ballroom - Www.HighlineBallroom.com
Irving Plaza - Www.IrvingPlaza.Com
Santos Party House - Www.SantosPartyHouse.Com
Mercury Lounge - Www.MercuryLoungeNYC.Com
Bowery Ballroom - Www.BoweryBallroom.Com
Grand Ballroom - Www.Ticketmaster.Com/Manhattan-Center-Grand-Ballroom-Tickets-New-York/Venue/65
Webster Hall - Www.WebsterHall.com
The Studio @ Webster Hall - Www.TheStudioAtWebsterHall.Com
Madison Sq. Garden - Www.TheGarden.Com
The Theater @ MSG - Www.TheaterAtMSG.Com
ABC No Rio - Www.ABCNoRio.Org
The Cake Shop - Www.Cake-Shop.Com
Sullivan Hall - Www.SullivanHallNYC.Com
Otto's Shrunken Head - Www.OttosShrunkenHead.Com
Ace Of Clubs - Www.AceOfClubsNYC.Com
CrashMansion - Www.CrashMansion.Com

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Brooklyn:
The Knitting Factory - Www.BK.KnittingFactory.Com
Southpaw - Www.SPSounds.Com
Music Hall Of Williamsburg - Www.MusicHallOfWilliamsburg.Com
Williamsburg Waterfront - Www.Brooklyn365.Com/Culture/Williamsburg-Waterfront/
The Brooklyn Bowl - Www.BrooklynBowl.Com
St Vitus - Www.SaintvitusBar.Com
The Charleston - Www.Facebook.Com/TheCharlestonNYC
PartyXPo - Www.PartyXpoBrooklyn.Com/
08:46 PM on 01/10/12 
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I like this idea, I changed the thread title so it makes a little more sense.
08:54 PM on 01/10/12 
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I like this idea, I changed the thread title so it makes a little more sense.
Thanks!
09:18 PM on 01/10/12 
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-First Ave - Best, easy to get too, lots of parking, cool layout, iconic (All Time Low, Motion City Soundtrack, Panic!, My Chemical Romance, 30stm)
-Cabooze - inside is really small, outdoor stuff is good tho (Inside: Taking Back Sunday, Outside: Something Corporate, Bamboozle Roadshow)
-Triple Rock (Haven't Been)
-Varsity Theater - Awesome, very similar to first ave, very close to the U, has couches (Yellowcard, Patrick Stump)
-Station-4 - Shitty, big pole in the front of the stage (New Found Glory, Four Year Strong)
-Canterbury Park (Warped Tour)
10:02 PM on 01/10/12 
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-First Ave - Best, easy to get too, lots of parking, cool layout, iconic (All Time Low, Motion City Soundtrack)
-Cabooze - inside is really small, outdoor stuff is good tho (Inside: Taking Back Sunday, Outside: Something Corporate, Bamboozle Roadshow)
-Triple Rock (Haven't Been)
-Varsity Theater - Awesome, very similar to first ave, very close to the U, has couches (Yellowcard, Patrick Stump)
-Station-4 - Shitty, big pole in the front of the stage (New Found Glory, Four Year Strong)
-Canterbury Park (Warped Tour)

triple rock is the best venue in this state, and probably the best i've ever been to. see a show there asap.

i'll add some more about caps and such when i get the chance. great description about station 4, though.
10:32 PM on 01/10/12 
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Ohio:
Grog Shop - Cleveland Heights, Ohio - http://grogshop.gs/ (recommended)
Peabody's - Cleveland, Ohio - http://peabodys.com/
Now That's Class - Cleveland, Ohio - http://www.nowthatsclass.net/
Blossom Music Center - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio - http://www.theblossommusiccenter.com/
Musica - Akron, Ohio - http://www.akronmusica.com/ (recommended)
Newport Music Hall - Columbus, Ohio - http://www.promowestlive.com/index_c....php?venue=new
The LC Pavilion - Columbus, Ohio - http://www.promowestlive.com/index_c....php?venue=new
The Basement - Columbus, Ohio - http://www.promowestlive.com/index_c....php?venue=new (not recommended)
Skully's Music Diner - Columbus, Ohio - http://skullys.org/ (recommended)
Frankie's - Toledo, Ohio - http://www.frankiesinnercity.com/
Headliners - Toledo, Ohio - http://www.headlinerstoledo.com/ (recommended)
The Omni - Toledo, Ohio - http://www.omnimidwest.com/ (not recommended)
Bogart's - Cincinnati, Ohio - http://bogarts.com/index


Some other venues that I have been to.
Illinois:
Metro - Chicago, Illinois - http://metrochicago.com/ (recommended)

Michigan:
The Loft - Lansing, Michigan - http://theloftlansing.com/ (recommended)
10:38 PM on 01/10/12 
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Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ - http://starlandballroom.com/ (solid venue for any generic, non-arena, artist. From Hanson, to Reel Big Fish, to Slayer, to All time low)

Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ - http://www.wellmonttheatre.com/ (typically a venue for popular comedians and older acts, like Jim Gaffigan, Pat Benetar and Chicago, but they can take the seats out and host shows like Dropkick Murphys, Paramore, and Janes Addication as well)

Maxwells, Hoboken, NJ - http://maxwellsnj.com/ (small venue in the back of a bar/restaurant, but this venue is great for intimate shows, with some rather popular indie, country, rock, pop, and acoustic acts. Acts like Senses Fail, Tossers, Straylight Run, Cults, Where is the band tour, etc)

The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ - http://thestonepony.com/ (legendary South Jersey venue, generally known for their punk rock shows, but they're open to array of arists as well. Bouncing Souls, Less Than Jake, Lights, Blue October, Stone Temple Pilots, Gym Class Heroes have all played here)

Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ - http://mexicalilive.com/ (fairly newer venue to NJ, mostly makes up for the loss of other small venues in Northern NJ, but mexicali live is where you'll find smaller acts, up and coming "emo" acts, country acts, adult contemporary, and smaller rock acts. Artists include August burns red, socratic, Patent Pending, Birthday Massacre, and a large amount of cover bands)

Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ - http://www.livenation.com/Susquehann...en/venue/16465 (arena type venue in Camden, NJ. Warped tour is here sometimes. Acts like Tool, Rise Against, Blink 182, Weezer, Guns N Roses, Bruno Mars, T Pain etc)

House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ - http://www.houseofblues.com/venues/c.../atlanticcity/ (doesn't host THAT many shows during a year, but they'll have any relatively large (non-arena) act perform here once in a while. Acts like Weezer, Dropkick Murphys, Blue October, and older acts as well)

PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ - http://www.livenation.com/PNC-Bank-A...el/venue/16839 (this is THE New Jersey summer venue. Any large, multi-band tour, will most likely play at the PNC bank arts center. OAR, Guster, Jay-Z, Kanye, Blink, Fall out boy, slayer, megadeath. Not a good place for "general admission", but they have relatively cheap lawn seats in the back if you want GA)

of course Atlantic City casinos will get a large pop act one in a while...same with Giants Stadium (only like U2 or Bruce)...and I dont think i've seen many shows at the Prudential Center (devils/nets stadium)
10:45 PM on 01/10/12 
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triple rock is the best venue in this state, and probably the best i've ever been to. see a show there asap.

i'll add some more about caps and such when i get the chance. great description about station 4, though.
I figuired I'd hit Triple Rock at some point, since Farewell Continental always seems to play there, but The Wonder Years are hitting so that will probably be my first. So happy TWY aren't playing Station-4, I've only been there for PPND. I loved the show, but hated the venue.



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