(add these venues to your Boston-area clubbing circuit – coming soon!)
Attention club hoppers – Davis, Central, and Harvard Squares will all be giving birth to brand new clubs this year. The Davis Square Theatre, which was formerly Jimmy Tingle’s Off Broadway Theater, will be adding live music shows to its schedule of theater productions (Spring); Valhalla is coming to Central Square, which is actually the All Asia Bar moving house (Summer); and The Sinclair in Harvard Square will be operated by Bowery Cambridge, the latest ‘outreach program’ by New York’s booking agency The Bowery Presents, much the same as they now do at The Royale with Bowery Boston (Autumn).
The Davis Square Theater
Formerly Jimmy Tingle’s Off Broadway Theater, associate producer Gabriel Kuttner will be opening up a new 200 capacity live music venue in that space. Also involved in this venture are the co-owners of Saloon and the Foundry, and Union Square’s Precinct and the Independent. It sounds like they’ll continue to have theater productions in there as well. The new venue will be opening on April 14 with a mixer hosted by Mary Flatley of Mount Peru. Other bands scheduled are Biscuits and Gravy, Michael Bernier and the Uprising, Love In Stockholm, and The Doctor Doom Orchestra. According to the Phoenix article, there may also be readings, rehearsal space, and classes. Keep a lookout for more info. web | facebook
In other Davis Square ‘rock club news,’ it looks like The Rosebud Diner might be bought out by the Tasty Burger franchise. Kind of a bummer, as this would mean goodbye to the Rosebud Bar & Grill local music nights as well, though hopefully the new Davis Square Theater will pick up the slack. We’ll see what happens.
Valhalla (Central Square, Cambridge)
All Asia Bar in Cambridge (owned by Marc Shulman and wife Patty Chen) will be moving to Central Square, into the former CCTV space at 675 Massachusetts Avenue. The new 5,000 square foot club and restaurant will be officially christened as Valhalla. There are plans to book national acts and also “entry-level” performers. Their current space (334 Mass Ave) is being torn down for redevelopment. As they started construction at the new location in March, they should be ready to open sometime this summer. full story | Valhalla International Restaurant and Lounge | All Asia Bar
The Sinclair (Harvard Square)
New York concert booking agency The Bowery Presents, who operates The Royale as Bowery Boston, now has Bowery Cambridge, and will be opening up a new 525-capacity club in Harvard Square in the fall, to be called The Sinclair. To put it all in perspective, this will make it equivalent in audience size to The Royale and The Middle East Downstairs, a bit larger than Live Nation’s Brighton Music Hall, but a good deal smaller than the Paradise Rock Club (also owned by Live Nation). It will be a 10,000 square foot multi-level live music venue and restaurant at 50 Church Street, which formerly housed the restaurant and club Phatt Boys (which closed in 2006). Word has it they’ll also be booking comedy acts. Joshua Bhatti, who also runs The Royale, will be the music manager.share this: