Friends of New England Blues
Some of the best and friendliest venues you’ll find! This is a list that I anticipate to continue growing and growing!
Be sure to check our their websites and mailing lists for the latest concert listings and events!
*Please note, these are not paid advertisements.
Located in Beverly MA, 9 Wallis is a beautiful and intimate listening room. With owners who are doing amazing work to help keep the Blues alive, and accessible to everyone!
You’ll find new artists and big names alike passing through this venue, with owners, Peter and VIcki Van Ness, and a staff who are friendly, kind, and professional you can’t go wrong!
Music, Comedy, and more! READ THE REVIEW HERE!
Be sure to sign up for their free emailing list and get first crack at tickets before they are posted on the website!
Bull Run RESTAURANT
The Bull Run is a family owned long time establishment in central Mass. With large venue spaces for private functions and a great setting for live music, you’ll truly enjoy your time in Shirley MA.
They host a variety of entertainment, and have a dedicated staff who are sure to make the evening eventful.
Please take a look at the review previously posted for more information.
In the meantime, I strongly suggest checking out their list of shows, as well as their mailing lists so you don’t miss a note.
Chan’s fine oriental dining (egg rolls and jazz)
Chan’s is quite the experience for someone who's not been there before, and continues to be a great experience for the veteran attendee alike.
I'm constantly impressed with the names that John is able to bring into the venue, which just goes to show why they have had a musical tradition that has lasted 30+ years. He truly is on a mission to keep live music, and in my view the Blues particularly, alive and well.
He was recently inducted into the Rhode Island Blues Hall of Fame. In addition to many other nominations and awards. (Which, by the way, also includes Best Oriental Restaurant in Northern Rhode Island by Rhode Island monthly.)
With a name like Black-Eyed Sally’s, you know you’re in for something interesting. In the heart of downtown Hartford CT, Sally’s is one of those spots that blends perfectly into a bohemian big city setting but would equally be at home in a less than metro area. Which is to say, it’s a great place to go for music and fun no matter which you’re looking for.
The staff are professional, friendly, and attentive. This venue is set up in a diner turned music hall turned private space to dine all at the same time and they’ve made each compliment the other nicely.
Iron Horse music hall
The Iron Horse Music Hall is located in the heart of Northampton MA, and has that downtown "smallish town" feel. The venue lends itself truly to the feel of an intimate Blues club. And it's one that brings in big artists!
From the outside you would never know the depth of what is yet to come. The staff are all quite friendly and work hard to keep up with a packed room at showtime. They truly put their full energy into the work, and that energy pays off in a great evening out!
One of the first things that I noticed when I arrived at the Narragansett Café was that in this idyllic waterfront town, Jamestown Rhode Island, of beautiful streets lined with trees and shops. Something you never really know before going to a new venue is what the area will be like let alone the real world experience versus the online best pictures only posted kind of world.
I can promise you that in this case it is truly a lovely location. With easy street parking and on a rocking Sunday afternoon you’ll enjoy great Blues from local and nationally touring bands, all with no cover. Great drinks and food are available.
There’s a different special guest band/artist each week! Be sure to sign up for their mailing list.
Zinger’s Music, Comedy, & events
Relatively new to the scene, Zinger’s is located in Milford NH. They are already bringing in local and national names for live Blues. While also building a reputation as a destination for good music and a nice evening out, they are bringing more than just music to the region.
Check out their site for more information and scroll all the way to the bottom to sign up for their mailing list so you don’t miss a single show!
blue ocean music hall
Located in Salisbury MA, Blue Ocean Music Hall hosts a variety of music and events. They are well suited to music with large shows, dance parties, and multi artist festival style events.
The venue is set right on the water with a beautiful view from it’s expansive windows. With a fantastically designed layout including a full bar, an impressively large stage, a flow to and from the tables which are set on a gently rising floor level, you’re going to find a good seat throughout the venue.
Time out pub
Located in Rockland Maine, this venue is situated right on Main Street and is right next door to the site of the North Atlantic Blues Festival. The schedule is packed with numerous local and national touring artists on Monday nights. Something to chase the Monday blues away.
You can always check their concert listings for the month HERE. You can also enter your email on the link below to join their mailing list.
The Center for the arts natick (tcan)
If you’re looking for a great venue for live music, theater, and movies then you need not look any further than the multifaceted TCAN (The Center for the Arts Natick) of Natick MA.
A renovated firehouse that is still set ablaze with great music throughout the year, you will find a comfortably seated venue that is well managed and cared for by a group of volunteers who are dedicated to the arts.
Hosting a variety of events, they have shown they are dedicated to also keeping Blues accessible to all.
PAYOMET performing arts center
Located in North Truro MA, is a tent full of music and fun! Throughout the season you’ll find a whole host of music passing through the Outer Cape in a convenient space that hosts some of the most well known names in music.
Keb Mo’, Taj Mahal, Marcia Ball, Los Lobos. New names coming to that list are Jimmie Vaughn and Joe Louis Walker.
Be sure to sign up for their mailing list so you don’t miss a note!
Music Circus & melody tent
WIth a rotating stage you get a 360 degree live music experience on the South Shore in MA. Located in Cohasset MA there is plenty of free and easy parking.
A great non-profit operation that serves the region a whole host of music styles. I had the pleasure of seeing Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang in this location, where you honestly had the best seat in the house no matter which seat you had.
Be sure to sign up for their mailing list for all the information on the upcoming seasons each year!
narrows center for the arts
Located in Fall River MA, you’ll find a venue committed to arts in the community. A frequent stop for many of the award winning Blues artists has helped to establish this location as a “go to” destination for great music.
Be sure to sign up for their mailing list so you are always up to date on what’s coming up!
city winery: boston
Located in the heart of Boston is the City Winery. A national chain that also helps to support the local music scene as well as national touring artists.
A beautiful setting for live music and fine cuisine, you can’t go wrong.
Be sure you check our their calendar and mailing lists!