Rockwood Music Hall Expands to Boston

Posted on: January 27th, 2021 at 5:02 am by

Ben Harper and his mother, April 2014

Rockwood Music Hall sure likes to hit milestones in the month of January. After celebrating fifteen years on the Lower East Side a year ago, the music venue is announcing another expansion. This time, to Boston.

The club is seeking a liquor license to operate at 88 Van Ness Street, in the Fenway section of the city. The venue will have 1,847 square feet of space, with a ground floor and mezzanine floor with both seating and standing options. Basically, a mini House of Blues – it’s a seven minute walk from it.

The Allen Street venue first opened its doors in 2005 and has seen the likes of Amos Lee, Elle King, Lady Gaga, The Lumineers, Matisyahu, Norah Jones, Sara Bareilles, Ben Harper, and Sting with The Last Bandoleros, on its stage. Five years later, it annexed the adjacent space for Stage 2; then in 2012, Rockwood expanded into the base of the hotel next door, and launched Stage 3.

From the beginning, Rockwood has been a mainstay for artists in the in the early stages of their musical careers, and remains one of the few places left on the Lower East Side for indie live music.

Let’s hope they remain in the post-pandemic world.

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