See which venues are taking part in Independent Venue Week 2019 across the US here. Show details to come.
191 Toole – Tucson, AZ
191 E Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701 Website
Built in 1923, the warehouse at 191 East Toole Avenue served as a refrigerated transfer station for the Union Pacific Railroad, the initial location for the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and as Skrappy’s, a community youth center. Three years ago the non-profit Rialto Theatre Foundation acquired the space in order to create a top-notch smaller live music venue in Tucson.
9:30 Club – Washington, DC
815 V St NW, Washington, DC 20001 Website
Located at 9th and V Streets, NW in Washington, D.C., the 9:30 Club is the inimitable place bands aspire to play and music fans love to attend. It’s a destination for locals and people across the country and is the most attended club if its size in the world. Gracing the stage have been legends Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Al Green, Willie Nelson, and James Brown; recently discovered acts like the XX, Greta Van Fleet, Tank and the Bangas and Shakey Graves, and arena acts looking for an intimate club play such as Justin Timberlake, the Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction, Foo Fighters, Green Day and Fall Out Boy. The 9:30 Club has won multiple Top Club awards from Billboard, Rolling Stone, and Pollstar.
Arlene’s Grocery – New York, NY
95 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002 Website
Formerly a bodega, Arlene’s Grocery opened its doors in 1995 as one of the first live music clubs in the Lower East Side. Up-and-coming bands flocked to the then-seedy neighborhood for the sonic beauty and intimacy of the powerful sounding 100+ capacity room. After expanding into the next-door butcher shop in the late ’90s, Arlene’s now offers two fully stocked bars and a gallery space for artists in addition to its large helping of live music. As a handful of live music clubs pop up (and down) in the neighborhood, Arlene’s still holds true to its intention of nurturing unsigned talent, providing a great experience for fans, and remaining an institution in the New York City.
Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
15711 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, Ohio 44110 Website
Since its inception in March 2000, the Beachland Ballroom has hosted national and international musical acts from around the globe and fast became a venue of choice for independent acts touring through Cleveland. The Beachland is located in an old Croatian social hall that was built in the late ’40s/early ’50s so it has the retro authentic Cleveland feel. The ballroom holds 500 standing and the tavern is 148 capacity. The Black Keys played their very first concert in the tavern in 2002. And the White Stripes made the Beachland their home from the first month it opened until they graduated to bigger rooms a few years later. Along the way, Beachland has also hosted many more up and coming indie, alt-country, and other original bands.
The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
2729 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220 Website
The Broadberry’s location has historically been a place for music. From Much More and The Cellar Door in the 11980s who hosted acts such as The Ramones, John Prine, and Pat Benatar to Nations and Nu and now The Broadberry, 2729 W Broad Street is the place for entertainment. With a gigantic bar, a kitchen that is open during all hours of operation, and a spacious stage with a state-of-the-art sound system, The Broadberry is well situated to host a variety of events.
Cafe du Nord – San Francisco, CA
2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114 Website
Located in the subterranean level of the Swedish American Hall, which was built in 1907 and officially designated a San Francisco Historic Landmark in 2015, Café du Nord has been serving San Francisco (almost) continuously since 1907. Noise Pop is working to restore that heritage and light up the room with cheering patrons once again. Du Nord will complement the musical programming already happening upstairs at the Swedish American Hall, where Noise Pop has been consistently booking shows since 2015.
The Caribou Room – Nederland, CO
55 Indian Peaks Dr., Nederland, 80466, CO Website
The Caribou Room is a new, premier concert venue and events center located in Nederland, CO. Only 25 minutes west of Boulder and overlooking the Rocky Mountains, The Caribou Room continues the rich musical history of the area by offering high-end service with a relaxed mountain style. From its beginning as a warehouse, the building has been completely transformed into a state-of-the-art 500+ capacity facility with 4200 square feet of dance floor and balcony, a premier sound system, professional kitchen, and two well-stocked bars. The Caribou Room is zero-waste and solar powered, with a focus on being low impact and eco-friendly, as well as continuously supporting the local community.
New York (NY), Atlanta (GA), Boston (MA), Chicago (IL), Nashville (TN), Washington (DC), Philadelphia (PA) Website
City Winery strives to deliver the highest-end combined culinary and cultural experience to customers who are passionate in sharing wine, music, and culinary arts. They are a unique facility, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food & wine classes, private events in a variety of configurations, and fine dining. They have created a compelling mix for our sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons—bringing the wine country experience to the middle of large cities.
Club Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA
56 S 12th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 Website
Club Cafe is a renowned live music venue and an iconic staple of Pittsburgh’s historic South Side district. The intimate space is host to a nightly lineup of touring acts from all over the world as well as local artists from Pittsburgh’s thriving music and comedy scenes.
The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
2200 2nd Ave, Seattle WA Website
Since 1991, music fans far and wide have recognized the Crocodile as Seattle’s best live music venue. There is no other spot in the North West with such a storied and beloved past, and no other rock and roll venue that has earned its right to occupy the hearts of so many. Countless incredible bands played within the walls of Belltown’s much-loved living room including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Cheap Trick, R.E.M., Mudhoney, and Yoko Ono.
Deep Ellum Art Co. – Dallas, TX
4401 Hyer St. Dallas 75205 Website
“Dedicated to the Creative & Native;” Deep Ellum Art Co. is a place where you can experience live music, local art, huge drink selections, and delicious street food. The multi-use creative facility is combining an art gallery with a bar that has 27 taps and seven craft cocktails on draft, food trucks, indoor and outdoor event/performance spaces, and an ambitious outdoor street art gallery to complement the more than 20 artists featured all over the building.
Doug Fir – Portland, OR
830 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 Website
Since the Grand Opening in 2004, Doug Fir has been raising the bar for live music in Portland. Musicians are treated like stars with a fully stocked green room and the kind of production and hospitality you’d only expect from much bigger clubs. Guests are treated to amazing shows every night with high-end sound and lights, in an intimate room designed so that no matter where you stand, you can see and hear everything clearly.
The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
1822 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 Website
The Echo & Echoplex has solidified its stance as the go-to destination for major local music events, dance nights and a wide spectrum of touring acts while introducing some of the hottest bands to the L.A. music scene, voted top 5 music venues in Los Angeles by Filter Magazine. Both venues are known for its adventurous booking policy that embraces talent from around the world and down the block. The coveted free Monday Night Music residency has helped launch the careers of The Airborne Toxic Event, Hanni El Khatib, War Paint, Active Child, and Foster the People. Notable bands that have graced the venue: Beck, Green Day, Skrillex, Nine Inch Nails, Atoms for Peace, Incubus, LCD Soundsystem, Kendrick Lamar, Run The Jewels, Steve Aoki, Thundercat, Lorde, HAIM, Tov Lo, Future Islands, Jamie XX, and The Rolling Stones.
Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
1035 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 Website
In 1992 the Empty Bottle started out as a cat-ridden hole-in-the-wall bar in Ukrainian Village (just south of Wicker Park) where you could get any one of nine beers for a buck-fifty or less, play pool for 50 cents, and find everything from Monster Magnet to Bill Monroe on the jukebox. On Halloween of 1993, they moved two blocks up the street and threw open the doors to our new, sound-equipped, slightly larger hole with three nights of great shows. They’ve done a bunch of shows since then; in fact, they’ve been anything but empty these last 25 or so years, thanks to the same low prices, lack of attitude, and dedicated regulars that made the original bar such a success.
First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
701 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 Website
First Avenue and 7th St Entry is a live music lover’s dream. With two separate performance spaces in one building, the historic venue offers something for everyone. The Mainroom, a 1550-person capacity live music venue hosts over 200 concerts a year, while 7th St Entry, a 250-capacity venue hosts over 350 concerts annually. First Avenue is more than just four walls, a soundboard, and a stage; it is the epicenter of live music and entertainment in Minneapolis. Having celebrated its 45th Anniversary in 2015, First Avenue is one of the longest running independently owned and operated clubs in the United States, as well as one of the most celebrated. First Avenue is a music club committed to fostering arts, music and entertainment excellence; it is, quite simply, what a music club should be.
HI-FI – Indianapolis, IN
1043 Virginia Ave #4, Indianapolis, IN 46203 Website
HI-FI Indy was born out of the passion of its owners, who started out as independent concert promoters–MOKB Presents. Their business outgrew their venue resources, serving a diverse range of audiences from rock to folk to country, from national acts to local up-and-comers, and MOKB needed a permanent home of its own. That evolution began as the Do317 Lounge, undergoing two major renovations before transforming into its current iteration as the HI-FI, a 400-person live venue. HI-FI Indy is housed in the Murphy Arts building, historically home to musicians, artists, and nightlife. MOKB Presents and HI-FI were created because artists were touring around Indianapolis, and the founders weren’t satisfied with road tripping to see their favorites. They’re committed to providing an ideal experience for both artists and guests, from comforting amenities backstage to a perfectly-tuned room, as a testament to their simple guiding principle: Music first.
High Dive – Gainesville, FL
210 SW 2nd Ave, Downtown Gainesville, FL 32601 Website
HIGH DIVE is a live music and event venue unlike any other in Gainesville, providing a professional concert experience in a gritty rock n roll environment. This is the kind of space artists and music fans might typically expect only in a bigger city. High Dive has the largest and highest quality sound system of any venue in Gainesville and a recently updated lighting and video system. Huge, influential bands such as Dave Matthew’s Band, Kenny Chesney, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, 311, Black Keys, Paramore, Avett Brothers, and Against Me! as well comedians such as Patton Oswalt have performed at this site going back to the ’90s.
Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
1214 Williston Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403 Website
Higher Ground is a multi-genre live music venue in Burlington, Vermont.
The Kent Stage – Kent, OH
175 East Main Street, Kent, OH 44240 Website
The Kent Stage was constructed in 1927 as a silent movie and vaudevillian theater and is the sole surviving downtown theater in the county. In 2002, the Western Reserve Folk Arts Association took over management of the venue and the rest is history. The Kent Stage was named the Best Acoustic Venue in Northeast Ohio by The Plain Dealer when Nickel Creek stepped out in front of the mics and sang an encore. Along with the concert venue, The Kent Stage is also the home of All Folked Up – a full-service bar equipped to satisfy your desire for an adult beverage or two. Yes, you can take your drink into the theater. The Kent Stage is the host of approximately 150 concerts a year, the Kent Folk Festival, the Kent Blues Fest, Kent Reggae Fest, the Kent State Around Town Music Festival, film festivals and numerous plays.
Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
One Cannery Row Nashville, TN 37203 Website
Since the doors to the Mercy Lounge first opened back in January of 2003, the cozy little club on Cannery Row has been both locally-favored and nationally-renowned. Building a reputation for showcasing the best in burgeoning buzz-bands and renowned national talents, the club has maintained its relevance by consistently offering reliable atmosphere and entertainment. The second story music venue is tucked neatly away in a low-key location half a mile from downtown, and its central location and metropolitan demeanor enable it to draw a diverse crowd of downtown tourists, hip-young socialites, and fans of live music alike. Mercy Lounge has a standing room capacity of 500, a state of the art sound system, and a back bar area that features pool tables, booth seating, and a more-relaxed environment from which to take in the show. Performing artists are offered dedicated monitor and front of house sound engineers, an array of lighting and production options, and a loft-style hospitality suite complete with kitchen, bathroom and comfort area.
The Middle East – Boston, MA
472 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 Website
The Middle East is a live music and dining complex consisting of five adjacent venues in the Central Square area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its three dedicated concert spaces, Upstairs, Downstairs, and Sonia, sit alongside ZuZu and The Corner, two restaurant–bars which also host live music. Having featured a huge variety of musicians since 1987, the establishment, with its separate concert venues, “is the nexus of metro Boston’s rock-club scene for local and touring bands,” according to Boston Phoenix newspaper.
Mohawk – Austin, TX
912 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701 Website
Mohawk is a well-traveled and beloved live music venue and bar, located on the corner of 10th and Red River in Austin, Texas. Handmade in downtown Austin, Mohawk was built in 2006 as a one of a kind venue showcasing national and local talent over 300 nights a year, complete with amphitheater-style seating, two stages, and a full bar. Its mission is to host friends, musicians, and staff that represent all music tastes and all walks of life. All Are Welcome at Mohawk.
Motorco – Durham, NC
723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701 Website
Beautiful Venue, Bar, Patio, and Restaurant in Downtown Durham.
Mr. Small’s Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
400 Lincoln Ave, Millvale, PA 15209 Website
Within the beautifully repurposed former 18th century Catholic church lives Mr. Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh’s premier music venue and the anchor of the Millvale entertainment hub. The ambiance and spacious interior make it the ideal place for local and national acts to perform year-round. Local and national artists alike have played to sold-out crowds in the theatre– Muse, Snoop Dogg, Metric, Interpol, Smashing Pumpkins, Arctic Monkeys, All That Remains and Ziggy Marley are just a few. Sold out shows by Pittsburgh artists include Wiz Khalifa, Rusted Root, The Commonheart and more. USA Today/Esquire magazine named Pittsburgh the best place to rock, saying, “Mr. Small’s reputation is growing as quickly as its fans are.” Mr. Smalls Theatre has not only carved a deep niche as the best music venue of its size in Pittsburgh, but as one of the finest in the country.
Narrows Center for the Arts – Fall River, MA
16 Anawan St, Fall River, MA 02721 Website
The Narrows Center for the Arts was founded in 1995 for the promotion and enjoyment of the visual and performing arts. The Narrows, a fully accessible venue, is comprised of two visual art galleries, a performance theater and visual artist studios.
Pianos – New York, NY
158 Ludlow Street, New York, 10002-2377, NY Website
Pianos is Manhattan’s preeminent indie rock venue where bands such as Passion Pit, Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett, Imagine Dragons, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, St. Lucia, Empress Of, A Hundred Waters and many many more have played their first NYC shows. It features two venues: upstairs where its more folk and jazz and a showroom downstairs that features indie rock. Pianos is also a restaurant with three bars, three DJ’s in its three rooms and a nightly dance party 7 days a week from 10pm to 4am. Its also renowned for a daily happy hour from 2-8pm 7 days a week and its famous frozen margarita.
The Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC
224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601 Website
We love great music, great people, and great drinks at The Pour House Music Hall. We have been Raleigh’s home for live music since 1997 and are focused on bringing you an eclectic mixture of the best local and nationally touring bands nightly. Our 30 drafts rotate monthly and feature an extensive selection of the best beer North Carolina has to offer. Our drinks are reasonably priced, our staff is friendly and attentive, and we make delicious cocktails like the ever-popular Spicy Paloma.
The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
2303 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016 Website
Before it was the Rebel Lounge, it was the Mason Jar. Founded in 1979, the Mason Jar quickly established itself as one of the premier clubs in central Phoenix, hosting some of alternative rock’s best on their way to stardom: Rage Against the Machine, Tool, Jane’s Addiction, Green Day, Guns ‘N’ Roses, and Nirvana. In the early 2000s, the club was revamped and began booking diverse modern rock, indie, and metal bands, hosting The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Eat World, & Avenge Sevenfold, and more. In 2015, Stephen Chilton of Psyko Steve Presents took over the building to turn it into The Rebel Lounge. The club’s musical heritage will continue to inspire the musical tone of the club, hosting tomorrow’s best musical acts before anyone else.
The Red Herring Lounge – Duluth, MN
208 E 1st St, Duluth, MN 55802 Website
The Red Herring Lounge is Duluth’s premier music venue. Having opened in 2014 for the sole purpose of providing Duluth with a dedicated music venue, the Red Herring is now a well-oiled machine, putting on 150-200 shows per year. Hosting local artists to internationally-touring acts, as well as The Super Big Block Party, The Red Herring continues to be the spot to see live shows.
Reggies – Chicago, IL
2105 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616 Website
REGGIES brings a music fan’s ultimate dream to reality with a terrific bar and grill, kickin’ rock club, and a music lover’s record store — all under one roof! On September 8, 2007, REGGIES opened its doors, transformed from a once run-down auto bumper repair shop. Now home to one of Chicago’s hottest music scenes, REGGIES has hosted the Tragically Hip, Alkaline Trio, Gaslight Anthem, Carl Palmer, Supersuckers, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Screeching Weasel, and many other top acts.
The Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
PO Box 1728 Tucson AZ 85702 Website
As the Theatre approaches its 100th anniversary in 2020, it hosts 200 events and draws over 100,000 patrons annually from far and wide who enjoy a wide array of live entertainment in the Rialto’s historic setting.
S.O.B.’s – New York, NY
204 Varick St, New York, NY 10014 Website
S.O.B.’s, also known as Sounds of Brazil, is a legendary live music venue in the lower Manhattan neighborhood of SoHo. It was opened by owner and director Larry Gold in June 1982. Gold opened the venue with the purpose of exposing the musical wealth and heritage of the Afro-Latino Diaspora to as many people as possible. True to its mission, it has become renowned as the premier venue in New York City and beyond, not only for World Music but all genres. Latin legends like Tito Puente, Marc Anthony, Celia Cruz, and Eddie Palmieri were some of the first to hit the stage, but contemporary superstars like Drake, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Jill Scott, Justin Timberlake and more have all graced the SOBs stage. Outside of Latin, Hip-Hop, Haitian, Caribbean, and world music, SOBs has also consistently booked alternative acts like Boy Pablo, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and Icon for Hire. Today, SOBs is well known in the Urban music sector but remains a breeding ground for artists to grow.
Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL
3159 N Southport Ave, 60657, Chicago, IL Website
Schubas Tavern — the divey Lake View music venue that hosts indie rock, comedy, and more — has been a fixture of the Chicago music scene for almost 3 decades. The building that houses Schubas Tavern is a brick and masonry neo-Gothic treasure that’s been a Lake View neighborhood landmark for 100 years. Built in 1903 as part of a project undertaken by the Schlitz Brewery, the building was one of hundreds erected at the turn of the century. Schubas remains one of a handful of these elegant buildings still operating as a saloon. With its intimate atmosphere, neighborhood bar vibe, and booking that spans the best of all genres, Schubas is the place to see your next favorite artists in Chicago.
Swedish American Hall – San Francisco, CA
1319, 2174 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114 Website
Built in 1907 and operating as a music venue since 2015, Swedish American Hall holds a historical significance to the city. With Café du Nord below, Swedish American Hall runs a full house of music as shown on the show calendar. Its unique architecture blends well with some of the intimate performances by Joanna Newsom, Rilo Kiley, and Bob Mould. Historically, the building has been used as a meeting place for many generations of Swedish Americans. It has old world charm, a grand ballroom and is flexible to accommodate private events.
The Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
1601 University Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104 Website
The Turf Club is located two blocks North of I-94 and the Snelling Avenue Exit in Saint Paul. From the East or West on I-94 take the Snelling Ave Exit and go North on Snelling. In 2 blocks, at University Avenue, turn Left. The Turf Club is immediately on the right at 1601 University Ave next to the CVS Store. We have parking available in the lot behind the club off Sherburne Avenue. Bands should find the alley behind the venue for loading in the back door.
The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
2036 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704 Website
The UC Theatre is a multi-tiered, all-ages 1,400 capacity live music venue with a state-of-the-art Meyer Leopard sound system and a full-service bar and kitchen. The UC Theatre presents a diverse range of local, national and international artists and bands including indie, alternative, jazz, R&B, electronica, hip-hop, EDM, world, pop, comedy and much more (a cross between The Fillmore in San Francisco and The Fox Theatre in Oakland). The UC Theatre is operated by the Berkeley Music Group (BMG), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our Concert Career Pathways education program teaches young people the technical, creative and business aspects of concert and event promotion. Through hands-on workshops and paid internships, we train the next generation of music industry professionals.
Wave – Wichita, KS
650 E 2nd St N, Wichita, KS 67202 Website
WAVE is a social oasis and multimedia venue in Downtown Wichita. The perfect hybrid of a major event space and your favorite neighborhood bar, WAVE will welcome eclectic crowds of 500-3,300 people for concerts, yard games, and everyday relaxation in our indoor-outdoor space. Surrender to the all-season backyard vibes with live music, rotating food trucks, comfortable lounge areas and a fine selection of craft beers. Whether you’re kicking back under a sunny sky or a full moon, WAVE’s atmosphere is unforgettable. WAVE will offer all-season backyard vibes at the heart of Downtown. The indoor-outdoor space will be a social oasis, welcoming eclectic crowds with colorful musical experiences and relaxing neighborhood vibes. Join us for concerts, yard games and an always-changing line up of flavors from the beer garden and ADIOS NACHORIA, the in-house kitchen serving up a delicious variety of Mexican food. Come for a show, stay for the vibe.
World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 Website
World Cafe Live is an independent music venue in the University City District of Philadelphia, PA. Set in a renovated Art Deco factory building, WCL has been offering the best local, national and international artists on two stages to its loyal fans since 2004. From hosting one of Adele’s first US performances to showcasing artists such as Alabama Shakes, Graham Nash, and Edward Sharpe, WCL is known for bringing established artists to an intimate setting that is both artist and audience friendly. In addition to over 500 shows annually, World Cafe Live offers great food and beverages daily, and hosts and caters over two hundred special events a year. Sharing work space and a common philosophy, WXPN and World Cafe Live have entered into a unique partnership between a for-profit and a non-profit organization.