Where are the best places to hear live music in Boston?

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Start a search for the best places to hear live music in Boston at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade to hear free oldies concerts or a performance from the famed Boston Pops (you can also catch them at Symphony Hall). There’s also the Berklee Performing Center at Berklee College of Music, which houses a 1,200-seat theater that hosts student performances as well national concerts from jazz and pop musicians. For a trendier scene, your best bet is to cross the bridge over to Cambridge. Its Central Square is a grubby, hipster hangout packed with live music clubs like the Regattabar and Club Passim. Stay in the area after-hours to watch nightly DJ performances at the stylish Middlesex Lounge. Other Beantown favorites include the Paradise Rock Club near Boston University and Wally’s Café for live jazz music.

Jonathan Nicholson

The best places to hear live music in Boston are The Middle East, the Paradise, The Beehive and House of Blues.

Music in Boston can come from many sources. If you are seeking dinner with live entertainment, The Beehive in the South End has live music every night, and in the summer months they offer outdoor patio seating. If you are a jazz aficionado looking for a cozy lounge with an extensive beer and specialty drink menu, the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge is the place to go. For the concertgoers in the summer months, the DCR Hatch Shell offers astounding live concerts with striking views of the Charles River Esplanade. Lastly, for those who love musicals, visit the Theater District and catch one of the ever-changing musicals at a renowned theater.

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