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Zodijackyl
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:02 pm 
 

Many thanks to the Shutdown for his assistance and wizardry used to bless this mess and turn it into a properly-formatted compendium rather than an eyesore full of disorganized information.

A bit of information might be trimmed off while I'm formatting this, for full accounts of venues you can always search the thread for people who posted about it.

In the musicians forum, a bunch of users contributed information on their local venues that are metal-friendly. With a fair amount of user interest in a tour section, I think it would be a very useful resource to gather information on all of the metal venues in each area, with links to their websites/schedules (whatever is kept up to date, if possible), a brief description, what they tend to book, and any other relevant info. If you have experience with booking at a venue, that would also be appreciated by the musicians who started this.

Right now, the formatting is inconsistent and I just assembled what individuals posted. I'll sort it out once we determine exactly which information we want on each venue. As of now, we only have info on venues in the USA. Obviously, we're missing nearly every major city at the moment, but we have some great information on a few areas. Info on independent venues is perhaps the most important, as most major venues are affiliated with ticketing services that make it easy enough to find them.

The ideal information is: Venue name, city/state, website, brief description, estimate of size/what they book. I put together what I think is ideal for most of the venues in Connecticut, but don't hesitate to add any other info you find relevant. *edit* I'm also adding if venues tend to be all ages or 21+, If they do local/major tours/minor tours, and approximate venue type (major, club, bar/restaurant, youth center, practice space)

Originally started here: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=89120
A bit of talk about potentially adding a tour section: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=90790


Alabama

The Spring Street Firehouse - Birmingham, Alabama
http://springstreetfirehouse.com/
412 41st Street South Birmingham AL 35205
springstreetfirehouse@gmail.com
Comments: A great all ages venue for extreme/heavy/underground music.

The Nick - Birmingham, Alabama
http://www.thenickrocks.com/
2514 10th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35205
(404)876-8436
Comments: Birmingham's oldest rock'n'roll establishment, very metal-friendly. They've seen it all.

Bottletree - Birmingham, Alabama
http://www.thebottletree.com/
3719 3rd Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35222
(205) 533-6288
Comments: kind of a indie/hipster place but they have metal shows fairly often, with bands like EYEHATEGOD and Phobia coming through and freaking out the Portlandia clones.

Patera's - Birmingham, Alabama
2846 Hwy. 31 Pelham, AL 35124
ph: 663-7515 fax: 663-7516 alt: 663-7571 PATERASPIZZASUBS@BELLSOUTH.NET
Comments: small, fun, very metal friendly. there are some local NYDM/ALDM guys booking that place, if you are in that network.

Matthew's - Birmingham, Alabama
2208 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203-4212
205.467.5141

Arizona

Nile Theater - Mesa, Arizona
http://www.niletheater.com/
Comments: Venue for smaller to mid-tier bands.

901 Live - Tempe, Arizona
http://910liveaz.com/
Comments: Outdoor venue with an inside/outside bar that caters to smaller bands and local acts.

Rocky Point Cantina - Tempe, Arizona
http://www.rockypointcantina.com/index.html
Comments: Venue for smaller to mid-tier bands.

Marquee Theater - Tempe, Arizona
http://www.luckymanonline.com/
Comments: Venue for the larger acts.

California

Cobalt Cafe - Canoga Park, California
http://www.cobaltcafe.com/
All ages

Color Blind Studios - Concord, California
http://colorblindstudios.com/
Comments: Recording/rehearsal studio, hosts metal shows on occasion.

The Black Castle - Los Angeles, California
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Black ... 2572873680
855 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA.

Ghetto Grounds - Los Angeles, California
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ghetto-G ... 624?ref=ts
Comments: Coffee shop that hosts shows

Safari Sam's *CLOSED* - Los Angeles, California

Eli's Mile High Club - Oakland, California
http://www.elismilehigh.com/
21+
Comments: Seems to be the primary place in Oakland for metal shows. It's an ugly dive bar in a fucking abysmal neighborhood but still pulls a decent crowd and some fun shows.

Thee Parkside - San Francisco, California
http://www.theeparkside.com/
All ages
1600 17th Street San Francisco, CA
Comments: An awesome dive bar that books primarily punk/metal shows, this and the DNA Lounge are the primary metal venues in the city.

Elbo Room - San Francisco, California
http://www.elbo.com/
All ages
Comments: A nice hessian owned bar in the Mission, shows are upstairs in a decently large area with it's own bar, though as a downside, the same upstairs area doubles as a nightclub on weekends (every saturday maybe?) so if you're looking for a gig on one of the days they have something like that booked you'll have to settle for a matinee show (About 5PM-9PM.)

Sub-Mission - San Francisco, California
http://www.sf-submission.com/
All ages
Comments: For a touring band this might be an awesome spot given it's fairly large capacity but the venue doesn't book their own shows (so you'll need a promoter to help you out,) nor do they really promote them (they don't update their website often/ever nor are they good with social networking sites) and they take a pretty big chunk of the door sales (local bands are usually stiffed or given $10-20 even if it's packed though payouts are at the discretion of the promoter.) Despite all this, their staff is awesome and many if not most of the best shows I've been too have been here.

Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, California
http://www.hemlocktavern.com/
21+
Comments: Located in the beautiful Tenderloin District, this place is actually a huge bar with an small-ish upstairs area with a tiny stage.

Benders Bar - San Francisco, California
http://www.bendersbar.com/
21+
Comments: They only do shows on Saturday nights and it's somewhat of a small place but it always seems packed, they pay out well, and they give the bands free drinks (what more could you ask for?) They usually will only take on 2, maybe 3 bands max so it's a great place for bands travelling alone. Mikey at Subliminal SF books at both Benders and Hemlock.

Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, California
http://theregencyballroom.com/
21+
Comments: A larger venue, located on the corner of Van Ness and Sutter, for some of the bigger metal bands that come though the area. The Ballroom is more pricey (in terms of ticket prices and drinks) than places like Slims and the DNA lounge, but it's got a lot more space and hosts some of the more well-known metal bands. Pretty good looking place too, looks just like what you'd expect a ballroom to.

Slims - San Francisco, California
http://www.slimspresents.com/
21+
Comments: Right next to the DNA lounge on 11th street. A mid-sized brick building, can get pretty packed depending on which metal band is playing.

Red House - Walnut Creek, California
http://www.redhouselive.com/
Comments: Hosts metal shows on occasion.

Key Club - West Hollywood, California
http://www.keyclub.com/
9039 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood Ca. 90069

Viper Room - West Hollywood, California
http://viperroom.com/
8852 W. SUNSET BLVD.WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069

Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, California
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/
8901 W. Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069

Connecticut

Acoustic Cafe - Bridgeport, Connecticut
http://www.acousticafe.com/
All ages / Indie / Locals
Comments: Doesn't do much metal, but metal bands have played there over the years.

305k Gallery - Bridgeport, CT - Bridgeport, Connecticut
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gallery-3 ... 5792202986
All ages / Gallery
Comments: Really new place, not sure if they do metal but they have a festival booked with Scale The Summit headlining.

Heirloom Arts Theater (formerly Empress Ballroom) - Danbury, Connecticut
http://heirloomarts.org/about + http://www.facebook.com/pages/HEIRLOOM- ... 3072142532
All ages / Club / Tours+locals
Comments: Section of an old warehouse with an entrance from an alleyway. Mostly does indie/post-hardcore but also has some metal shows with local bands that I have never heard of. I saw a lot of major bands here in 2003-05 and haven't seen the place in years.

*Tuxedo Junction - Danbury, CT - Danbury, Connecticut
http://www.tuxedojunctionct.com/ + http://www.facebook.com/TuxedoJunctionCT
All ages / Club / Tours? Locals?
Comments: Needs a real website. Books lots of awful ___core bands but I think they would do metal too. Good venue the one time I was there.

The Beanery - Fairfield, Connecticut
http://cal.fairfieldct.org/content/2765/2777/3679.aspx
All ages / Youth center / Locals

Webster Theatre - Hartford, Connecticut
http://webstertheatre.com/
All ages / Major / Maj. tours+locals
Comments: The main room is a cave, there's a shoebox room/bar as a second stage. Recently acquired by the ownership of The Palladium in Worcester, MA.

Cook's Cafe - Naugatuck, Connecticut
http://www.cooksrocks.com/ + http://www.myspace.com/cookscafe
21+ / Bar/res / Locals
Comments: Restaurant/bar that also books local bands.

Toads Place - New Haven, Connecticut
http://www.toadsplace.com/
All ages / Major / Maj. tours+locals
Comments: Hasn't booked much metal for years, though there's an occasional local metal band and not-quite-metal stuff like Alcest.

El N Gee - New London, Connecticut
http://www.facebook.com/elngeeclub
Club / Tours+locals
Comments: Opened and closed countless times, apparently it's back. Infamous punk venue, also does metal.

Dewey's Pub - Seymour, Connecticut
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Deweys-Pu ... 9618707693
Bar/res / Locals
Comments: Pub that recently had some metal shows.

Lanza's - Seymour, Connecticut
http://lanzarestaurant.com/
Bar/res / Locals
Comments: Pizza place that recently had a few thrash bands.

Rack And Roll - Stamford, CT - Stamford, Connecticut
21+ / Bar/res / Locals
Comments: Billiards bar that will book local hard rock and metal bands. Not for touring bands. I've seen a metal band asked to play quieter here, but there are also no-admission shows and cheap beer.

Seaside Tavern - Stamford, CT - Stamford, Connecticut
http://www.seasidetavern.net/bands/
21+ / Bar/res / Locals
Comments: Bar room in the back of a restaurant. Haven't seen much metal there recently.

Shamrock Cafe - Suffield, CT - Suffield, Connecticut
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shamrock ... 4964067911
Bar/res / Locals
Comments: ""My friend/ex-band mate books shows there frequently. All shows are 21+, but they'll usually let you hang around if you're in one of the bands.""

Oakdale Theater - Wallingford, Connecticut
http://oakdale.com/index
All ages / Major / Major tours only
Comments: Big theater that holds ""smaller"" shows like Killswitch Engage in the lobby. Huge place, doesn't do local bands or openers at all AFAIK.(formerly/currently Chevrolet Theater, Toyota Theater, ""The Dome"" (lobby))

Cherry Street Station - Wallingford, Connecticut
http://www.myspace.com/cherrystreetstation
21+ / Bar/res / Locals
Comments: Bar that books local bands. They have hosted some extreme metal.

City Limits - Waterbury, Connecticut
21+ / Bar/res / Locals
Comments: Restaurant/biker bar type place, not a lot of shows, not much metal of those, but MSW have played there recently.

Trackside - Wilton, Connecticut
All ages / Youth center / Locals

Amity Teen Center - Woodbridge, Connecticut
All ages / Youth center / Locals

Florida

Beelzebub's Cave - Miami, Florida
http://www.facebook.com/beelzebubscave
Practice space
Comments: ""basically a practice space for the band Shroud Eater but they put on small shows for local bands once or twice a month.""

Vinyl Music Hall - Pensacola, Florida
http://www.vinylmusichall.com/

The Handlebar - Pensacola, Florida
http://www.handlebarpensacola.com/

Sluggo's Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar - Pensacola, Florida
http://www.sluggos.net/

American Legion 33 - Pensacola, Florida
http://www.al33.org/

Live Night Club - Pensacola, Florida
http://www.liveniteclub.com/

Seville Quarter - Pensacola, Florida
http://sevillequarter.com/

Georgia

Masquerade - Atlanta, Georgia
http://www.masqueradeatlanta.com/
Major / Maj. tours+locals

529 Bar - Atlanta, Georgia
http://529atl.com/
18+ / Bar/Res / Locals
529 Flat Shoals Ave, Atlanta, Ga. 30316

The Earl - Atlanta, Georgia
http://badearl.com/
21+ / Bar/Res

The Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, Georgia
http://thedrunkenunicorn.net/#
Club / Locals

WonderRoot - Atlanta, Georgia
http://www.wonderroot.org/
Bar/Res

Idaho

The Venue - Boise, Idaho
http://theboisevenue.com/
Club / Tours+locals
521 Broad St, Boise, ID 83702
Comments: Probably the best place in Idaho to see a metal show. They typically book on the smaller end of tours and crowds are usually 50-100. It has a really intimate feel to it and you can count on 6 to 10 quality metal shows coming through it annually.

Knitting Factory - Boise, Idaho
http://bo.knittingfactory.com/
Major / Maj. tours+locals
Comments: Much bigger than The Venue, but it still hosts good metal shows occasionally. The shows that come through here are much bigger than those at The Venue and I would estimate The Knitting Factory regularly pulls 200-400 people per show. It hosts far fewer good metal shows than The Venue though and really only draws the big names in metal (In Flames, Amon Amarth, Whitechapel, etc.)

Kansas

Sandstone - Bonner Springs, Kansas
http://www.sandstoneamp.com/
633 North 130th Street Bonner Springs, KS 66012
Comments: An ampitheatre. I've never been. Some rock/metal tour is going through in the near future. Probably not a particularly metal venue.

The Woodlands - Kansas City, Kansas
http://www.woodlandskc.com/
9700 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, KS 66109
Comments: Never been here, some shows are slated for the future as I've seen. Seems like it's not a metal venue primarily. A race track?

The Granada - Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.thegrenada.com/
1020 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS 66044
Comments: Fucking awesome venue. Drinks are slightly overpriced. Plenty of places to chill comfortably, friendly and intimate setting, great air system, always cool inside even when it's going nuts (as it frequently does) and lots of great metal bands come here all the time including local heroes.

The Jackpot Saloon - Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.thejackpotsaloon.com/
943 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS 66044
Comments: Get's the occasional metal show. Not metal oriented. A bit dingy, a bit cluttered for moshing. Basically a saloon.

The Overlook House - Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.facebook.com/TheOverlookHouse
Comments: ""Another pretty cool place in Lawrence is a DIY/House venue at 6th and Alabama called The Overlook. It used to be called something else so I think it changes a lot, but they do a lot of independent shows. It's mostly punk stuff, but I saw Hellbastard there a few years ago and Speedwolf on Easter Sunday this year. It's worth keeping an eye on.""

Louisiana

Siberia - New Orleans, Louisiana
http://siberianola.com/
2227 St. Claude, New Orleans

The Big Top - New Orleans, Louisiana
http://www.facebook.com/bigtop3ring
1638 Clio St., New Orleans

The House of Blues - New Orleans, Louisiana
http://www.houseofblues.com/
225 Decatur St., New Orleans

Maine

Asylum - Portland, Maine
http://www.portlandasylum.com/

Maryland

Ottobar - Baltimore, Maryland
http://theottobar.com/

Massachusetts

O'Brien's Pub - Allston, Massachusetts
http://www.obrienspubboston.com/booking.php
Bar/Res

The Black Moon Music Lounge - Belchertown, Massachusetts
http://www.blackmoonmusic.com/
Bar/Res / Locals

The Middle East - Cambridge, Massachusetts
http://www.mideastclub.com/
Club / Tours+locals

The Flywheel - East Hampton, Massachusetts
https://www.facebook.com/FlywheelArts
Art Gallery

The Elevens - Northampton, Massachusetts
http://musicattheelevens.blogspot.com/

Pearl Street - Northampton, Massachusetts
http://www.iheg.com/pearl_street_main.asp
Tours+locals

Ralph's Rock Diner - Worcester, Massachusetts
http://www.ralphsrockdiner.com/
21+ / Bar/Res / Locals

Club Oasis - Worcester, Massachusetts
https://www.facebook.com/pages/London-B ... 5007607194
Locals

The Palladium - Worcester, Massachusetts
http://www.thepalladium.net/
AA / Major / Maj. Tours+locals

The Raven - Worcester, Massachusetts

Michigan

DTE - Detroit, Michigan

Harpo's - Detroit, Michigan

Blondie's Detroit - Detroit, Michigan

Magic Stick - Detroit, Michigan

Majestic - Detroit, Michigan

The Intersection - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Mac's Bar - Lansing, Michigan

Blackened Moon - Lansing, Michigan

Clutch Cargo's - Pontiac, Michigan

Crofoot - Pontiac, Michigan

Minnesota

Station 4 - Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

First Avenue - Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

Medusa - Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

Missouri

The Beaumont Club - Kansas City, Missouri
http://www.beaumontkc.com/
4050 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64111
Comments: Awesome venue with lots of great metal shows. Local bands play frequently as well as low-mid popularity underground bands. Has a nice bar area with tables and a comfy outdoor area with a second stage where local DJs spin.

The Riot Room - Kansas City, Missouri
http://www.theriotroom.com/
4048 Broadway Street, Kansas City, MO 64111
Comments: Awesome venue, I've been many times and always loved it. Nice and intimate as you can walk right up to the stage and blow kisses to the singer of Nightcreation. Cheap drinks, super comfy couches in the bar area where you can still see the show, and the sound is surprisingly good for such a hole in the wall place. Also has a nice outdoor area in the back, basically a fenced off back alley. So much fun.

Starlight Theater - Kansas City, Missouri
http://www.kcstarlight.com/
4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132
Comments: Nice open air theatre! Expensive, though. Mostly dad rock, but when Slayer came, they came here

Uptown Theater - Kansas City, Missouri
http://www.uptowntheater.com/
3700 Broadway Street, Suite 300, Kansas City, MO 64111

Midland Theater - Kansas City, Missouri
http://www.midlandkc.com/
1228 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
Comments: Has a fair number of metal shows. Mostly dad rock. Has a funny artdeco/roccoco design philosophy. The chairs are extremely uncomfortable and the floor is a bit uneven when they remove them in the pit area. Drinks are extremely overpriced and the large beers have the same amount of beer as the regulars. Total rip off.

Knuckleheads - Kansas City, Missouri
http://www.knuckleheadskc.com/
2715 Rochester Street, Kansas City, MO 64120
Comments: -""And that Knuckleheads place in KC does look super sketch, but it's REALLY nice on the inside. There's an inside stage and a gigantic outside stage with like some tables and stuff. I saw Diamond Head there last year. One of the best sounding shows I've been to!""

Nevada

Club Underground - Reno, Nevada
http://www.myspace.com/clubunderground
Club

The New Oasis - Reno, Nevada
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-New-O ... 6089107569

The Knitting Factory - Reno, Nevada
http://re.knittingfactory.com/
Club / Maj. tours+locals

The Holland Project - Reno, Nevada
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Holla ... 0398900494

New Hampshire

Milly's Tavern - Manchester, New Hampshire
http://millystavern.com/manchester_nigh ... tm#booking

New Jersey

Le Grand Fromage - Atlantic City, New Jersey
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Le-Grand- ... 7137664263

Dingbatz - Clifton, New Jersey
http://www.dingbatznj.com/index.php

The Cup Complex - Linden, New Jersey
http://www.cupcomplex.com/

Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, New Jersey
http://www.starlandballroom.com/
Major / Maj. Tours+locals

Championship Bar & Grill - Trenton, New Jersey
http://www.facebook.com/ChampionshipBar

New York

Town Ballroom - Buffalo, New York
Major / Maj. Tours+locals

Acheron - NYC/Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn Masonic Temple - NYC/Brooklyn, New York

Europa - NYC/Brooklyn, New York

Knitting Factory - NYC/Brooklyn, New York

Public Assembly - NYC/Brooklyn, New York
21+

Union Pool - NYC/Brooklyn, New York
21+

Shea Stadium BK - NYC/Brooklyn, New York
http://liveatsheastadium.com/
DIY

The Charleston - NYC/Brooklyn, New York
21+

Saint Vitus - NYC/Brooklyn, New York

Trash Bar - NYC/Brooklyn, New York

Gramercy Theatre - NYC/Manhattan, New York
Major / Maj. Tours+locals

Santos Party House - NYC/Manhattan, New York
http://www.santospartyhouse.com/

Cake Shop - NYC/Manhattan, New York
21+

Lit Lounge - NYC/Manhattan, New York

ABC No Rio - NYC/Manhattan, New York

Ohio

Now That's Class - Cleveland, Ohio
http://www.nowthatsclass.net/
Bar/Res
11213 Detroit Ave. Cleveland, OH 44102
Comments: another great venue for hardcore/metal shows. A lot of bands like this venue because it's an intimate little place. It's got a great feel, great staff, and a sizeable following to where shows will be packed, but never crowded. Also home to many a local shows.

Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, Ohio
http://www.beachlandballroom.com/calendar.asp?Page=3
Comments: power metal's haven. Lots of local shows through here, and a lot of power metal plays here for some odd reason. It's a bigger venue, and allows for dancing/moshing and also makes it easy to stay out of the foray. It's got a bar connected indoors to it, and the beer there is three bucks for a tall boy. Ain't a bad place to catch a show.

The Grog Shop - Cleveland, Ohio
http://www.grogshop.gs/
Comments: mostly indie and folk bands, along with rap but there are a handful of metal shows a month. Located in one of the youngest neighborhoods in Cleveland, Coventry, and is an ideal location for those of you unfamiliar with Cleveland. Round the corner from bars, restaurants, and places to stay. It's a great venue, a good size, and has an excellently managed staff, I've never had a problem booking/playing/seeing a show. A little far off the main highway though (route 71) so it may be a little too far for some.

Peabody's Down Under - Cleveland, Ohio
http://www.peabodys.com/
Comments: the metal venue in Cleveland. Everyone who's anyone comes here. I've seen over a hundred shows at this venue. It's got a bar inside, whose prices aren't great, but they won't gouge you. There's a big enough area to mosh, but you can stay out of it pretty easily. The stage is just high enough where you can comfortably rest your hands on to headbang (this is a big deal to anyone who's ever been to a venue with those awful short shin-height stages) and you can easily pop in and outside to the courtyard for smokes/shitty band breaks. There's a separate venue called the Pirate Bay located right before you make it outside, and that's where all the local bands play, and there's almost always three or four local bands when every show comes to town. So each show feels like a mini festival, you can see up to six or seven bands depending on who the headliner brings along. Simply put, my favorite venue. Great place to go see a show, and I recommend all metalheads who come through the area to stop by, we'll grab a beer.

The Symposium - Lakewood, Ohio
Comments: this is the best of the best for local extreme metal shows. Tons of mini death-fests and local giant shows. A great place to buy from local labels like Hells Headbangers and see some great local talent. It's around a bunch of restaurants and bars as well. Not the best place for out of towners, just because everyone knows everyone here, but I've never felt out of place.

Frankie's Inner-city - Toledo, Ohio
http://www.frankiesinnercity.com/

Oklahoma

The Warehouse - Bixby, Oklahoma

The Hidden Castle - Norman, Oklahoma
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Hi ... 4420908554

The Horde Hole - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Horde ... 2336077153

The Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
http://www.diamondballroom.net/

Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, Oklahoma
http://www.cainsballroom.com/

The Brady Theatre - Tulsa, Oklahoma
http://www.bradytheater.com/

The BOK Center - Tulsa, Oklahoma
http://www.bokcenter.com/

The Eclipse Cultural House - Tulsa, Oklahoma
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eclipse-C ... 6090615706

The Ole Memorial Lounge - Tulsa, Oklahoma
http://www.reverbnation.com/venue/1095276

Tankz - Tulsa, Oklahoma
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Tankz/145633792216578

The Zombie Lounge - Tulsa, Oklahoma
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Zo ... 9217939531

The Crystal Pistol - Tulsa, Oklahoma
http://www.facebook.com/#!/crystalpisto ... 2005816693

The Sound Pony - Tulsa, Oklahoma
http://thesoundpony.com/

The Conservatory - Tulsa, Oklahoma
http://www.conservatoryokc.com/

Oregon

Branx - Portland, Oregon
http://branxpdx.com/
Tours+locals

Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, Oregon
http://www.hawthornetheatre.com/calendar.php

Roseland Theatre - Portland, Oregon
http://www.roselandpdx.com/
Major / Maj. tours

Rhode Island

AS220 - Providence, Rhode Island
http://as220.org/
Locals

Tennessee

New Daisy Theatre - Memphis, Tennessee
http://www.newdaisy.com/

Texas

Emo's - Austin, Texas
http://www.emosaustin.com/

Red Seven - Austin, Texas
http://www.red7austin.com/

Vermont

Nectar's - Burlington, Vermont
http://www.liveatnectars.com/

Virginia

Blue Nile - Harrisonburg, Virginia
http://bluenileva.com/

Crayola House - Harrisonburg, Virginia
http://www.facebook.com/crayola.houselocalshows

Strange Matter - Richmond, Virginia
http://www.strangematterrva.com/

Empire (Jaxx) - West Springfield, Virginia
http://www.empire-nova.com/

Washington

Two Bit Saloon - Seattle, Washington
http://www.the2bitsaloon.com/

The Morgue - Seattle, Washington
http://www.facebook.com/morgue.georgetown

Studio Seven - Seattle, Washington
http://www.studioseven.us/

The Kraken - Seattle, Washington
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Krake ... 6001300708

The Blacklodge - Seattle, Washington
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001253448093

The Funhouse - Seattle, Washington
http://www.thefunhouseseattle.com/

El Corazon - Seattle, Washington
http://www.elcorazonseattle.com/

The Hop - Spokane, Washington
http://www.thehopmusicvenue.com/

Knitting Factory - Spokane, Washington
http://sp.knittingfactory.com/

The A Club - Spokane, Washington
http://www.aclubspokane.com/

Wisconsin

Regent Street Retreat - Madison, Wisconsin

The Wisco - Madison, Wisconsin

The Frequency - Madison, Wisconsin

Mr. Roberts - Madison, Wisconsin








Canada

Alberta

Calgary

Calgary, Alberta:

Vern's tavern, small bar with cool guy operating, cool place for a gig

The Distillery: pretty pimp spot and great metal/punk ect. Club

Lord Nelson's Bar and Grill, good sound, weird layout, good pitcher prices and is right NEXT to a hotel....ionno if that's what you meant and yeah clint from Vern's is a cool guy, he has some funny banter between the bands sometimes. The Distillery is good shit too, decent price, good sound, cool layout.

Dickens Pub: near Lord Nelsons, not far from Vern's and Distillery (all downtown so at worst these are a train stop and/or bus away from eachother) has the odd Metal show, old school pub layout-not bad. only place i've heard of people stagediving too, of legit establishments at least. normal bar prices (over)

Republik:ex-Punk bar in the 80s turned more of a 'club' in recent years but they have shows sometimes these days, reasonably known acts though like Dickens but less often, i think Behemoth? was the last show there, ionno, never been (never been a band i wanted to see)

New Black Centre: some upstair, loft-like place, more of a Punk venue....they have the some Metal shows, some mixes, mostly Punk. very intimate (small) but i've always liked the sound there, has a support pillar where/nere the pit usually forms though-kinda lame, but it's small enough that standing at the back isn't a big deal. gotta drink outside

The Area: some shithole near the New Black, behind a Crown Surplus army surplus (cool place) apparently it stinks, can't drink inside, but can smoke inside? has bad sound and in general is just a fuckin weird place.......this is all just here-say though, never been there (for want of cash not want of want though)

Palomino: pub downtown, expensive but GREAT fucking food (pulled pork......nyugh) has the rare show, never went to one though

Tubby Dog: yeah.....a fucking Tubby Dog, now you can listen to Metal and get smarties on a hot dog at the same time! has shows sometimes, not a lot, more Punk here too. decent sound for the size, but yeah it's small and stinks of grease, meh, they do actually serve beer though.....obviously overpriced

The Gateway: a bar at the SAIT campus, i've heard of stuff going on there, never went

The Den/Mac Hall: University of Calgary's pub/show hall, a place for the bigger shows, but not like 'big 4' big, like Testament or our Noctis Metal fest....only ever seen the Den in use for Noctis, don't think it regularly has Metal shows but Mac Hall gets stuff coming through frequently enough. good sound, pricey booze

Big 4 Building: in terms of types of bands, this is pretty much between the Saddledome and Mac Hall, though it has them less frequently than either. shit fucking sound and thuggish security. shares a parking lot with the Saddledome, pretty much. fuckit

the Saddledome: this is where Ozzy, Maiden, Metal and Slayer and all those type of fucking bands play, it's our sports venue most of the time- doubles as the 'big act' stadium though, for all music. ridiculously priced booze, ridiculously priced food and weird acoustics and layout.......ionno, i've never had it as bad as some people i know and i still like it but i still recognize that a saddle-shaped venue is a fucking stupid idea, ah well


Edmonton:
Dv8 tavern, cool spot ran by traditional skin. Kind of run down but high in character.
Pawn shop, great pub and sound top tier small venue. Great for gigs.
The New City Suburbs: downsized newer location great for gigs
The Studio: out of the way but cool
The rendezvous: kind of a dive but the awesome staff makes up for it.
Filthy Mcnasty's: good for a Monday gig. There's mostly a banger or two amongst the crowd having a

pint at any given point and time.

British Columbia

Funky Winkerbeans - Vancouver
http://www.reverbnation.com/venue/320905

Pogue Mahones - Kamloops
http://poguemahonekamloops.com/events/
Irish pub and local venue

The Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver
http://www.liveatrickshaw.com/

This one deserves a mention for Vancouver. The size is decent, enough room for a couple hundred people. The layout of the place is double decker like an opera house, so when there are larger shows they open up the second floor, which is fun for the pot smokers out there who want to blaze while a good band is playing with less chance of being seen by security. Sound quality in this venue has always been very good in my experience. For some shows they sell drinks, at a very reasonable price (a decent selection of beers, starting at $4 Pabst the last time I was there). Not only that, but they often allow underage (-19) people into shows where they sell drinks, they just ask for your ID when you go to the bar, so if you're a teenager and you want a few brewskis you can probably find someone cool who will get the drinks for you. Bands that play there range from larger underground acts like Amon Amarth or Opeth to less known Canadian bands like Mitochondrion. The best shows are ones with the good underground Canadian bands like Mitocohndrion, Antidiluvian, Gyibaaw that cost like 10 bucks to get into. There are usually about 3 - 5 metal shows a month at the Rickshaw. Only downside of this venue that really comes to mind is that its right on the corner of Main and Hastings, which is tied with Jane and Finch in Toronto for the worst intersection in Canada. You will see a lot of meth heads, crack heads and homeless people wandering past while you wait in line outside the venue, but they are mostly harmless. The silver lining is that if you get caught by a street cop blazing outside the venue on a smoke break, they shouldn't give you a hard time because they are used to dealing with schizophrenic crack addled hobos. And hey, maybe you're an adventuresome tourist who doesn't mind seeing some of the more colourful folks in town!


Manitoba



New Brunswick

Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: The Manhattan, the Paramount. Downtown club with three venues

within, owner is a metal fan.

Newfoundland and Labrador



Nova Scotia

Gus's Pub - Halifax
Small pub with cool atmosphere.

Ontario

Toronto:

The Opera House
735 Queen Street East Toronto, ON M4M 1H2
(416) 466-0313
This is the place where most mid-sized drawing metal bands come through. It has two floors, though I've never seen the second floor opened. They tend to host more all-ages shows than 19+ ones, but definitely do both. There aren't really any places to sit, but besides that, it's still a decent venue.

Annex Wreckroom
794 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON M5R 3G1
(416) 536-0346
This venue holds a few hundred people and is definitely one of the best venues. Despite an ill-placed pole in the middle of the room, the setup is actually pretty nice. The stage is literally a step above the ground and there are plenty of places to sit. They do a lot of 19+ gigs but do sometimes have all ages ones as well. My only real complaint is that they play the music between bands almost as loud as the bands themselves, so it's good to have ear plugs in when you get there.

The Kool Haus
32 Queens Quay East Kool Haus, Toronto, ON M5A 3Y5
(416) 869-0045
This place is literally a giant room. The whole area is floor/pit space. Good sound from what I remember, but I've only been once.

Hard Luck Bar
772 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON M6J 1V1
(416) 833-9302
This place is even smaller than the Wreckroom but is also awesome. The whole floor area is very open, good space for merch on the side, and always cheap concerts here. The local bands seem to play here often and I really like it. On a side note, if anyone's been here before it was renovated, it was actually a terrible venue. It was like a long hallway, and I can't even believe it's the same place now.

The Rock Pile
5555 Dundas Street West Etobicoke, ON M9B6C1
(416) 504-6699
This venue is probably similar in size to the Wreckroom (maybe a bit bigger). There's tons of seating, a room for merch in the back, and a huge patio. It can get a little bit loud, but is still a nice venue. I'd like to go back for a second time. For some reason, they sometimes have 16+ events. Also, this is the only place that Inertia-Entertainment doesn't seem to book. There are other venues as well (The Phoenix, Molson Ampitheatre, Mod Club, Echo Beach), but I don't know them well enough to review. Also, if you are in the area and looking for concerts, the number one promoter around here is Inertia-Entertainment http://www.inertia-entertainment.com/

Blacktooth Entertainment is another good one for smaller gigs.



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Quebec

Montreal:
Katacombes: http://www.coopkatacombes.com/
A very cool metal and punk coop bar. There's some metal djs during the week, Annick Giroux of Cauchemar used to be one before her travels. The atmosphere is cool and very metal, it's a bit tiny for it's good enough. There's a lot of metal shows too, Negura Bunget played there recently and the first edition of Messe des Mort took place at this venue. Their beers are good and the people are usually nice. It's in downtown Montréal, so there's plenty of restaurants and other stuff to see.

Club Soda: A bigger venue, I've seen Behemoth and Accept there, quite cool, the sound is good and it's also downtown.

Théatre Corona: One of the prettiest venue in Montréal, the angelic and religious paintings on the ceiling gave a cool vibe for the Ghost/Blood Ceremony show, it's near downtown.

Café Campus/Petit Campus: One of my favorite venues, it's basically 2 venues in one, the petit (little) campus is on the 2nd floor (I've seen Rotting Christ/Melechesh and Agalloch there) and the Café Campus is on the 3rd floor (I've seen Enslaved there). Good sound, affordable beer and it's on Prince Arthur (a pedestrian street near a cool park, near the Mont Royal; my usual used cd shopping place and near the metro station Sherbrooke).

Also, the Bell centre (Montreal Canadians' place) for huge concerts, I'm seeing Iron Maiden for the 2nd time there in july, it's meh, but yeah.

There's many other places too, like Sala Rossa (I've seen Nasum there), I think there's an Italian restaurant on the first floor, also on the Mont Royal. The Café Chaos who has plenty of local or smaller bands, it's on St-Denis, one of the coolest street in Montréal, I've seen Witch Mountain and Castle there yesterday, it's small, but it's cool. There's Il Motore, Underworld and many more. Montréal is a cultural city!

There is also the Theatre Plaza; Forteresse & Miserere Luminis played there.
There are also other trippy shows, for exemple, last week I saw Yamantaka / Sonic Titan there.


Saskatchewan

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

The Exchange http://www.culturalexchange.ca/index.php?p=Contact
Smaller venue, two musical instrument store in close proximity, for tourers who may need to pick up odds and ends or replace broken equipment. Plenty of restaraunts and bars/clubs near by. Hotels are a few blocks away. Esnalved, Mayhem have played here (amongst many others). Typically all ages shows, though there is a bar in the venue(doesn't typically serve food).

Riddell Center, University of Regina http://www.saskmusic.org/listings.php?v ... ingid=1034
About two to three times the size of The Exchange. Near outskirts of the city, so it's easy to get to. Bar (which serves food) seperated from venue by a wall, so all shows here are all ages. Not near any hotels, but it is easy to get downtown from here via the Ring Road or Wascana Parkway/Broad St. Gwar, Cannibal Corpse, Obituary have all played here.

These are the two primary venues for metal in the city, though there is a bar/club in the city called the Distrikt which also hosts metal acts occasionally, though I was unable to find contact info for them.



Australia

Sydney, NSW:

The Valve
900 Princess Highway, Tempe
http://www.valvebar.com.au/
Nice venue - cool bar. The stage itself is tucked away and is a nice little room. The only downside of this place is the only women's bathroom is in the venue part, right off from the dance floor/mosh-pit.

The Sando
387 King St, Newtown
http://sando.com.au/
Long-standing pub in Newtown. Three stages - one in the main pub area that is mainly blues, the "chill stage" upstairs which also has a bar and is often used as a merch selling area when the main stage, one level up, is used. The main stage is excellent, and the place often hosts metal bands and festivals including Slaughterfest, The East West Deathgrind Fest and as of this year Steel Assassins. International acts such as Steve Grimmett have played here.

The Bald Faced Stag
345 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt
http://www.baldfacedstag.com.au/
Quite a decently sized venue, that also hosts international acts regularly. Really, the place is pretty massive. The bar itself isn't the best, but they have a pretty good bistro.

The Lucky Australian
81 Forrester Road, St Marys
http://www.luckyoz.com.au/
This place is quite far from the city and a bit out of the way for some people, but it features an old door stage which is great - sound is always pretty damn good and there are some great acts, with a really cool rock n' roll vibe to it. It is all ages, but I wouldn't bring kids in there on a Saturday...

Melbourne:

We are quite known for our grindcore scene but over the past couple of years, a few of our venues that had held such bands have closed but we do still have some neat venues around.

The Bendigo Hotel:

Bendigo Hotel
125 Johnston street Collingwood 3066, Vic, Australia
ph: (03) 9417 3415

It seems as of late that this venue has really bought back some life into local and international metal.
Since our premier venue, The Arthouse closed down, we were in a bit of a limbo with venues here and the local gigs stopped short for a little bit of time but since this venue has pumped life back into the scene, we've had some great international bands play here like Inquisition and Absu.
Macabre are playing here tonight and i'm quite excited for that.

The Tote:

Address: 71 Johnston Street
(Cnr Johnston & Wellington)
Collingwood, 3066
Victoria

When we had major alcohol tax hikes thrown onto several small bars here, this affected this venue here (and closed down The Arthouse for good).
So for a few months, this venue which I had seen a fair share of local shows and Skinless at was closed for several months and the locals weren't happy about this, needless to say it had opened again but there really hasn't been a metal show since it's opening again.
I think I've only really seen one local metal band since then but it looks like they have plenty of crust punk shows there, which is basically the new 'in' thing here.
It may change it's ways and start hosting metal again but who knows.

The Hi Fi Bar:

The Hi-Fi (opposite Melbourne Town Hall)
125 Swanston Street,
Melbourne, 3000

One of my favourite venues right here.
The metal bands that play here are usually the mid established international ones like Dismember, Sodom and Cannibal Corpse.
It's also a really great venue in itself too as it can hold around 500 people on a sold out show and the tickets won't burn a hole in your wallet either as the average price for an international show is $40.

Billboard The Venue:

170 Russell St, Melbourne 3000
ph: (03) 9639 4000

Nice venue here that usually holds indie rock and raves but they won't have a problem with ripping you to shreds in terms of ticket prices for international metal bands.
They usually hold your bigger bands like Morbid Angel, Behemoth and Dark Funeral here.
The last show I saw here was Morbid Angel I believe and they were asking $80 a ticket, pretty bullshit prices.

Forum Theatre:

Same basic thing as Billboard except this venue can get away with high ticket prices as it's a refurbished theater hall with millions of dollars put into it.
I really like the classy look of this place, it's usually a group of metal bands that play here together though to get more attendence.
A few of the shows I've seen here were Suffocation w/ Arch Enemy and Meshuggah w/ Devin Townsend Project.

The Espy:

The Esplanade Hotel
11 The Esplanade
St. Kilda VIC 3182
Australia

This is a bit of a love hate venue which weighs in about the same with Hi Fi Bar.
It's located across the road from the beach and in one of the most trendiest locations of Melbourne.
While I don't mind this venue too much in regards to venue and well priced tickets for metal, the majority of the complaints that come with here are that the band room inside the venue is too small and the sound doesn't travel well through it.
I've actually seen a few metal bands apologies for the sound of it.




aeternus1990 wrote:
If you would like to see some metal shows in Moscow, Russia:

1. Milk Moscow
2. Plan B
3. Arena Moscow
4. Stadium Live
5. P!PL
6. Crocus City Hall
7. Olimpic Stadium
8. Relax Club
9. Kasta Club
10. Rock House

We haven't specific places only for metal shows and all these places are for every kind of music...
If you're looking for more, see lists of events on Last.fm and Darkside. Or just send me a message and I'll tell you about it.


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Nice. All the venues listed for Georgia are specifically in Atlanta. Archive Gallery just shut down also so you can lose that one.
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A couple more for the bay area:

California

Regency Ballroom in San Francisco is a larger venue, located on the corner of Van Ness and Sutter, for some of the bigger metal bands that come though the area. The Ballroom is more pricey (in terms of ticket prices and drinks) than places like Slims and the DNA lounge, but it's got a lot more space and hosts some of the more well-known metal bands. Pretty good looking place too, looks just like what you'd expect a ballroom to.

Slims in San Francisco as well and is right next to the DNA lounge on 11th street. A mid-sized brick building, can get pretty packed depending on which metal band is playing.

Red House and Color Blind Studios are two small places in Walnut Creek and Concord respectively that host metal shows on occasion.

EDIT: places listed above are usually all ages events
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Are you talking about venues that only play metal shows? I don't know any of those but Emos in Austin Texas consistently has metal shows. They book fairly large shows-Nightwish, for instance, is going to be there in October-and smaller shows, such as Destroyer 666 who was there back in 2010.
http://www.emosaustin.com/
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Thashierthanthou wrote:
Are you talking about venues that only play metal shows? I don't know any of those but Emos in Austin Texas consistently has metal shows. They book fairly large shows-Nightwish, for instance, is going to be there in October-and smaller shows, such as Destroyer 666 who was there back in 2010.
http://www.emosaustin.com/


Any venues that book metal shows. I would note if they were very sparse, but I'm familiar with Emos, and if you could provide some info on other venues like that in the area, it would be appreciated.

The venues I listed range from being all metal all the time (Saint Vitus Bar) to metal every few weeks (most ticketmaster venues) to a local metal show once or twice a year (Acoustic Cafe).

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Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada: The Manhattan, the Paramount. Downtown club with three venues within, owner is a metal fan.

Halifax, Nova Scotia: Gus's pub small pub with cool atmosphere.

Calgary, Alberta: the Lord Nelson hotel,
Vern's tavern, small bar with cool guy operating, cool place for a gig
The Distillery: pretty pimp spot and great metal/punk ect. Club

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: Dv8 tavern, cool spot ran by traditional skin. Kind of run down but high in character.
Pawn shop, great pub and sound top tier small venue. Great for gigs.
The New City Suburbs: downsized newer location great for gigs
The Studio: out of the way but cool
The rendezvous: kind of a dive but the awesome staff makes up for it.
Filthy Mcnasty's: good for a Monday gig. There's mostly a banger or two amongst the crowd having a pint at any given point and time.

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Vancouver, British Columbia: funky winkerbeans
Kamloops, British Columbia: Pogue Mahones

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Zodijackyl wrote:
Thashierthanthou wrote:
Are you talking about venues that only play metal shows? I don't know any of those but Emos in Austin Texas consistently has metal shows. They book fairly large shows-Nightwish, for instance, is going to be there in October-and smaller shows, such as Destroyer 666 who was there back in 2010.
http://www.emosaustin.com/


Any venues that book metal shows. I would note if they were very sparse, but I'm familiar with Emos, and if you could provide some info on other venues like that in the area, it would be appreciated.

The venues I listed range from being all metal all the time (Saint Vitus Bar) to metal every few weeks (most ticketmaster venues) to a local metal show once or twice a year (Acoustic Cafe).

There's Red Seven, also in Austin. It's smaller than Emos, and generally has less metal shows, but I've caught Toxic Holocaust and Saint Vitus there. And what do you know, just looked at the calendar and it turns out that Landmine Marathon is going to be there on Saturday. My weekend just got much better. :hyper:
http://www.red7austin.com/
Can't offer you any more info, these are the only two venues I go to for shows that aren't arena level bands, so I have no idea how they compare to other smaller venues.
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The Masquerade in Atlanta hosts pretty much all of the metal shows I go too. Nice ratty looking place with a floor that feels like it will cave in any second http://www.masqueradeatlanta.com/

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For NY, I would add the following,

Manhattan:
Gramercy Theatre - Most mid sized tours come through here.
Santos Party House
Cake Shop (21+)
Lit Lounge (21+) - Metal shows every Monday night.
ABC No Rio - Mostly hardcore, but will occasionally book some metal bands, usually Saturday matinee.

Brooklyn:
Knitting Factory
Public Assembly (21+)
Union Pool (21+)
Shea Stadium - DIY space.
The Charleston (21+)

The website for Acheron is here: http://theacheronbk.blogspot.com/, and for St. Vitus is here: http://www.saintvitusbar.com/ Also St. Vitus is 21+.

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Sydney, NSW:

The Valve
900 Princess Highway, Tempe
http://www.valvebar.com.au/
Nice venue - cool bar. The stage itself is tucked away and is a nice little room. The only downside of this place is the only women's bathroom is in the venue part, right off from the dance floor/mosh-pit.

The Sando
387 King St, Newtown
http://sando.com.au/
Long-standing pub in Newtown. Three stages - one in the main pub area that is mainly blues, the "chill stage" upstairs which also has a bar and is often used as a merch selling area when the main stage, one level up, is used. The main stage is excellent, and the place often hosts metal bands and festivals including Slaughterfest, The East West Deathgrind Fest and as of this year Steel Assassins. International acts such as Steve Grimmett have played here.

The Bald Faced Stag
345 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt
http://www.baldfacedstag.com.au/
Quite a decently sized venue, that also hosts international acts regularly. Really, the place is pretty massive. The bar itself isn't the best, but they have a pretty good bistro.

The Lucky Australian
81 Forrester Road, St Marys
http://www.luckyoz.com.au/
This place is quite far from the city and a bit out of the way for some people, but it features an old door stage which is great - sound is always pretty damn good and there are some great acts, with a really cool rock n' roll vibe to it. It is all ages, but I wouldn't bring kids in there on a Saturday...
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It'd be helpful for all you guys to try to include as much useful info as possible. Address, website, phone number, how often the venue has metal, what the place is like, etc.
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Massachusetts:

The Black Moon Music Lounge (Belchertown, MA)
http://www.blackmoonmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheBlackMoonMusicLounge
Small venue/bar, occasionally has metal shows. Hosts an event called Metalympics.

The Elevens (Northampton, MA)
http://musicattheelevens.blogspot.com/ https://www.facebook.com/TheElevens (They have a real website but they don't update it)
Rock bar that hosts live music every weekend. Not many metal shows, but Black Pyramid have played there in the past. I think they'd be willing to host more metal if there was a more active metal scene in the area.

Pearl Street (Northampton, MA)
http://www.iheg.com/pearl_street_main.asp
Has two rooms, one slightly bigger than bar-sized, the other a decent-sized theater. Very rarely hosts big-name metal shows, but the smaller room is hosts to local bands, so if you play metal in the area, you could feasibly get a gig booked there.

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WingedOctopus wrote:
The Masquerade in Atlanta hosts pretty much all of the metal shows I go too. Nice ratty looking place with a floor that feels like it will cave in any second http://www.masqueradeatlanta.com/

Dude, there are many much better venues for seeing metal and much better bands playing elsewhere in atlanta. Masquerade is the p[lace that has the big metal tours (Six Feet Under is playing there tomorrow / Morbid Angel is playing there later this year) but is generally hated by anyone that knows better. Super expensive alcohol, no re-entry, generally over priced shows, shitty sound, and they take a portion of band's merch sales so band's merch is more expensive to compensate. Fuck that place. It is pretty easy to sneak in though so that's a plus.

Not dogging you for going there. I've been there to see plenty of shows that are too big for the other clubs around atlanta, but they do not give a single fuck about the local music scene that is going on around them or the bands that are playing their venue. They threatened to not pay Watain last time they played here w/ Devil's Blood etc if they brought out their animal carcass'. Not to mention they do ZERO promotion for the shows there.
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Boise, Idaho

The Venue
www.facebook.com/BoiseVenue

Probably the best place in Idaho to see a metal show. They typically book on the smaller end of tours and crowds are usually 50-100. It has a really intimate feel to it and you can count on 6 to 10 quality metal shows coming through it annually.

The Knitting Factory
bo.knittingfactory.com

Much bigger than The Venue, but it still hosts good metal shows occasionally. The shows that come through here are much bigger than those at The Venue and I would estimate The Knitting Factory regularly pulls 200-400 people per show. It hosts far fewer good metal shows than The Venue though and really only draws the big names in metal (In Flames, Amon Amarth, Whitechapel, etc.)

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BlashyrkhMR101
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:29 am 
 

Baltimore, Maryland has Ottobar which isn't 100% metal but typically books small-large-ish metal gigs whenever possible. Bands like English Dogs, Tryptykon, Diamond Head played there.

West Springfield, Virginia has Empire (formerly known as Jaxx) which was _the_ place to see European metal gigs in the DC metropolitan area for quite a while. Fucking Dio played there, and this club's in a strip mall.

Richmond, Virginia has Strange Matter, a bar/restaurant by day and metal venue by night. Not a lot of huge names play there but it's really "underground", I guess. Just recently saw Withered play there to a crowd of 7 people, after the entire crowd dispersed when the 3 local black metal bands had finished their collective sets.

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tolivetody
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 10:37 am 
 

In Jersey, there's Championship Bar & Grill in Trenton. They host a mixture of all genres, but the main focus is Metal and Hardcore. They don't do genre blending too much, with the exception of a Death Metal band on a Thrash show. All in all, very positive experiences with them. They book national acts as well as locals and unknown touring bands. In the last year alone, they've hosted Forbidden, Obituary, Deceased, DRI, among others and are doing Blood Feast next week. Max capacity is about 220, no guardrail, nice and intimate. No monitors, but the way the sound bounces off the wall you really don't need them.

The Cup Complex in Linden is a smaller place than Champs, but does shows for all of the right reasons. Very nice staff, very clean and professional venue. Draw is hit or miss, but it's well worth checking out. Only downfall is the location of the pool table, which is in the middle of the dance floor. However, they make up for it by having a killer jukebox (where else have you seen one with The Godz on it??)

Le Grand Fromage in Atlantic City is a bit of an interesting spot. While it's well-run, the area isn't exactly the best. However, the crowd is strong over here, one time was even sold out for a show of all locals.

Out of all listed, Champs is the best of the bunch, but all are definitely worth checking out.

However.....do NOT book at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ!!!!! Not only is it a complete shithole, they steal bands' gear. I have a few horror stories that I had to endure from this venue, but all in all, stay far away from here!!! Also, The Blue Room in Secaucus is run by the some of the same staff as Dingbatz...needless to say, don't book!! Even though it's attached to a strip joint, it's not worth it as the sound sucks, the draw is hardly positive, and you leave feeling worse than you did when you got there.

There's a few others that I'll post up later as I recall them.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:52 pm 
 

BottomFeeder1 wrote:
Calgary, Alberta: the Lord Nelson hotel,
Vern's tavern, small bar with cool guy operating, cool place for a gig
The Distillery: pretty pimp spot and great metal/punk ect. Club


Lord Nelson's Bar and Grill, good sound, weird layout, good pitcher prices and is right NEXT to a hotel....ionno if that's what you meant and yeah clint from Vern's is a cool guy, he has some funny banter between the bands sometimes. The Distillery is good shit too, decent price, good sound, cool layout.

couple more:
Dickens Pub: near Lord Nelsons, not far from Vern's and Distillery (all downtown so at worst these are a train stop and/or bus away from eachother) has the odd Metal show, old school pub layout-not bad. only place i've heard of people stagediving too, of legit establishments at least. normal bar prices (over)

Republik:ex-Punk bar in the 80s turned more of a 'club' in recent years but they have shows sometimes these days, reasonably known acts though like Dickens but less often, i think Behemoth? was the last show there, ionno, never been (never been a band i wanted to see)

New Black Centre: some upstair, loft-like place, more of a Punk venue....they have the some Metal shows, some mixes, mostly Punk. very intimate (small) but i've always liked the sound there, has a support pillar where/nere the pit usually forms though-kinda lame, but it's small enough that standing at the back isn't a big deal. gotta drink outside

The Area: some shithole near the New Black, behind a Crown Surplus army surplus (cool place) apparently it stinks, can't drink inside, but can smoke inside? has bad sound and in general is just a fuckin weird place.......this is all just here-say though, never been there (for want of cash not want of want though)

Palomino: pub downtown, expensive but GREAT fucking food (pulled pork......nyugh) has the rare show, never went to one though

Tubby Dog: yeah.....a fucking Tubby Dog, now you can listen to Metal and get smarties on a hot dog at the same time! has shows sometimes, not a lot, more Punk here too. decent sound for the size, but yeah it's small and stinks of grease, meh, they do actually serve beer though.....obviously overpriced

The Gateway: a bar at the SAIT campus, i've heard of stuff going on there, never went

The Den/Mac Hall: University of Calgary's pub/show hall, a place for the bigger shows, but not like 'big 4' big, like Testament or our Noctis Metal fest....only ever seen the Den in use for Noctis, don't think it regularly has Metal shows but Mac Hall gets stuff coming through frequently enough. good sound, pricey booze

Big 4 Building: in terms of types of bands, this is pretty much between the Saddledome and Mac Hall, though it has them less frequently than either. shit fucking sound and thuggish security. shares a parking lot with the Saddledome, pretty much. fuckit

the Saddledome: this is where Ozzy, Maiden, Metal and Slayer and all those type of fucking bands play, it's our sports venue most of the time- doubles as the 'big act' stadium though, for all music. ridiculously priced booze, ridiculously priced food and weird acoustics and layout.......ionno, i've never had it as bad as some people i know and i still like it but i still recognize that a saddle-shaped venue is a fucking stupid idea, ah well

there's some other venues that have the odd show that i see, but it's either not enough for me to remember like all the others or it's for shit shows of shitty bands so i ignore it altogether. either way, these are still all the most active and most likely to have a show if someone finds themselves here. these are alllllll downtown as an fyi, all of them

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FlaPack
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:18 pm 
 

South Florida is tough for metal (music in general). It's just too far to drive for most small time bands making next to nothing and there is no way to fit it in on the way to another gig. For bands not based in Florida it just usually doesn't make sense to drive a couple hundred miles south of Orlando/Tampa knowing you're just going to have to drive right back up there. We mostly only see bigger nationally touring acts at bigger venues that don't necessarily cater to the metal scene.

The only real underground local metal venue that I know of is Beelzebub's Cave in Miami which is basically a practice space for the band Shroud Eater but they put on small shows for local bands once or twice a month.

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WingedOctopus
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:22 pm 
 

dontlivefastjustdie wrote:
WingedOctopus wrote:
The Masquerade in Atlanta hosts pretty much all of the metal shows I go too. Nice ratty looking place with a floor that feels like it will cave in any second http://www.masqueradeatlanta.com/

Dude, there are many much better venues for seeing metal and much better bands playing elsewhere in atlanta. Masquerade is the p[lace that has the big metal tours (Six Feet Under is playing there tomorrow / Morbid Angel is playing there later this year) but is generally hated by anyone that knows better. Super expensive alcohol, no re-entry, generally over priced shows, shitty sound, and they take a portion of band's merch sales so band's merch is more expensive to compensate. Fuck that place. It is pretty easy to sneak in though so that's a plus.

Not dogging you for going there. I've been there to see plenty of shows that are too big for the other clubs around atlanta, but they do not give a single fuck about the local music scene that is going on around them or the bands that are playing their venue. They threatened to not pay Watain last time they played here w/ Devil's Blood etc if they brought out their animal carcass'. Not to mention they do ZERO promotion for the shows there.

This is the first time I've heard any of this! Other than the no re-entry, over-priced shows, and bad acoustics part, I mean. I was on the fence about seeing Dying Fetus there tonight, but might not after hearing this.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:31 pm 
 

Buffalo New York - Town Ballroom. Fits 1200 or so easy. Split level interior with a decent sized stage. Second tier is a good place to hang out to avoid the moshing kiddies. On either wing of the second tier there's a bar too, so you don't even have to leave the room to reload. Outside the main area there's another room at least as big where the merch guys usually are, plus a big ass island bar that commands the room. Seen Blood Red Throne, Enslaved, and Dimmu Borgir there, and the sound is great.

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Knucklehead
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:36 pm 
 

WingedOctopus wrote:
dontlivefastjustdie wrote:
Dude, there are many much better venues for seeing metal and much better bands playing elsewhere in atlanta. Masquerade is the p[lace that has the big metal tours (Six Feet Under is playing there tomorrow / Morbid Angel is playing there later this year) but is generally hated by anyone that knows better. Super expensive alcohol, no re-entry, generally over priced shows, shitty sound, and they take a portion of band's merch sales so band's merch is more expensive to compensate. Fuck that place. It is pretty easy to sneak in though so that's a plus.

Not dogging you for going there. I've been there to see plenty of shows that are too big for the other clubs around atlanta, but they do not give a single fuck about the local music scene that is going on around them or the bands that are playing their venue. They threatened to not pay Watain last time they played here w/ Devil's Blood etc if they brought out their animal carcass'. Not to mention they do ZERO promotion for the shows there.

This is the first time I've heard any of this! Other than the no re-entry, over-priced shows, and bad acoustics part, I mean. I was on the fence about seeing Dying Fetus there tonight, but might not after hearing this.

These are common complaints about the Masquerade, but I still go to see shows there, from time to time.

There is a *lot* of metal going on in Atlanta. In fact, there is a killer show tonight, of all local bands. Check out atlantametal.net, if you are interested in getting information about smaller national tours and local shows.

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Delduwath
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:07 pm 
 

Some for Minnesota in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area:

-Station 4
-Triple Rock Social Club
-First Avenue
-Medusa

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ShadesOfDarkness
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:29 pm 
 

Washington, Seattle area:

The 2 Bit Saloon has killer Metal Mondays shows every week, they occasionally have metal on other nights as well.

http://www.facebook.com/metalmondaysatthe2bit
http://www.the2bitsaloon.com/

Other venues for metal in the Seattle area:

The Morgue
Studio Seven - www.studioseven.us
The Kraken - http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Krake ... 6001300708
The Blacklodge
The Funhouse (although soon closing or possibly relocating) - http://www.thefunhouseseattle.com
El Corazon - http://www.elcorazonseattle.com

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:54 pm 
 

GTog wrote:
Buffalo New York - Town Ballroom. Fits 1200 or so easy. Split level interior with a decent sized stage. Second tier is a good place to hang out to avoid the moshing kiddies. On either wing of the second tier there's a bar too, so you don't even have to leave the room to reload. Outside the main area there's another room at least as big where the merch guys usually are, plus a big ass island bar that commands the room. Seen Blood Red Throne, Enslaved, and Dimmu Borgir there, and the sound is great.
i live about 45 min from buffalo and might go see the Shockwave Festival at the Town Ballroom. good to hear its a nice venue
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:04 pm 
 

Los Angeles area/Hollywood, California -
These clubs play local bands as well as big bands
Key Club 21+
Viper Room 21+ (i think)
Whiskey A Go Go, All Ages
Safari Sam, All ages

These are the more local, smaller ones
Ghetto Grounds, All Ages
Cobalt Cafe, All Ages
Ques Bar, 21+

Those are all the ones I know of that are metal friendly, I'm sure there are more.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:51 pm 
 

Great resource! Wanted to bump this (only once) as well as compliment. I was noticing the lack of a trove like it and randomly came across the original in the musicians discussion. Are you waiting to get the info more organized before making it a sticky or was there lack of enthusiasm? To my noob mind, this should be overt. Shows shall be attended!

also, Eli's is indeed fucking ugly. Beware The Shadows of Overpass.

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Zodijackyl
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:46 pm 
 

Grave_Wyrm wrote:
Great resource! Wanted to bump this (only once) as well as compliment. I was noticing the lack of a trove like it and randomly came across the original in the musicians discussion. Are you waiting to get the info more organized before making it a sticky or was there lack of enthusiasm? To my noob mind, this should be overt. Shows shall be attended!

also, Eli's is indeed fucking ugly. Beware The Shadows of Overpass.


Thanks! I need to update it and organize it a bit better, I just haven't taken the time to do it. I'd like to gather more info on the venues too.

I'm not sure how to organize it regionally though - would it be better to break things down by city/greater area for the bigger states, or just have venues by state? I feel like I would need to include "more input needed!" on most of them.

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Metantoine
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:15 pm 
 

Ok, since Zodi complained there was nothing for Montréal in the chat, I'll talk about some:

Katacombes: http://www.coopkatacombes.com/
A very cool metal and punk coop bar. There's some metal djs during the week, Annick Giroux of Cauchemar used to be one before her travels. The atmosphere is cool and very metal, it's a bit tiny for it's good enough. There's a lot of metal shows too, Negura Bunget played there recently and the first edition of Messe des Mort took place at this venue. Their beers are good and the people are usually nice. It's in downtown Montréal, so there's plenty of restaurants and other stuff to see.

Club Soda: A bigger venue, I've seen Behemoth and Accept there, quite cool, the sound is good and it's also downtown.
Théatre Corona: One of the prettiest venue in Montréal, the angelic and religious paintings on the ceiling gave a cool vibe for the Ghost/Blood Ceremony show, it's near downtown.

Café Campus/Petit Campus: One of my favorite venues, it's basically 2 venues in one, the petit (little) campus is on the 2nd floor (I've seen Rotting Christ/Melechesh and Agalloch there) and the Café Campus is on the 3rd floor (I've seen Enslaved there). Good sound, affordable beer and it's on Prince Arthur (a pedestrian street near a cool park, near the Mont Royal; my usual used cd shopping place and near the metro station Sherbrooke).

Also, the Bell centre (Montreal Canadians' place) for huge concerts, I'm seeing Iron Maiden for the 2nd time there in july, it's meh, but yeah.

There's many other places too, like Sala Rossa (I've seen Nasum there), I think there's an Italian restaurant on the first floor, also on the Mont Royal. The Café Chaos who has plenty of local or smaller bands, it's on St-Denis, one of the coolest street in Montréal, I've seen Witch Mountain and Castle there yesterday, it's small, but it's cool. There's Il Motore, Underworld and many more. Montréal is a cultural city!

That's it for me now.
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Nephilum667
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:13 am 
 

Louisiana:
Siberia 18+ (They're known for their metal and punk shows, some of the wildest acts to play in the state. I hear they serve authentic Russian food from time to time.)
2227 St. Claude, New Orleans
504-352-1150

The Big Top All Ages (It's an art gallery, but they have a venue that lets all genres play)
1638 Clio St., New Orleans
504-569-2700

The House of Blues 18+ (Most likely place for larger acts)
225 Decatur St., New Orleans
504-310-4999
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invisiman
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:39 am 
 

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

The Exchange http://www.culturalexchange.ca/index.php?p=Contact
Smaller venue, two musical instrument store in close proximity, for tourers who may need to pick up odds and ends or replace broken equipment. Plenty of restaraunts and bars/clubs near by. Hotels are a few blocks away. Esnalved, Mayhem have played here (amongst many others). Typically all ages shows, though there is a bar in the venue(doesn't typically serve food).

Riddell Center, University of Regina http://www.saskmusic.org/listings.php?v ... ingid=1034
About two to three times the size of The Exchange. Near outskirts of the city, so it's easy to get to. Bar (which serves food) seperated from venue by a wall, so all shows here are all ages. Not near any hotels, but it is easy to get downtown from here via the Ring Road or Wascana Parkway/Broad St. Gwar, Cannibal Corpse, Obituary have all played here.

These are the two primary venues for metal in the city, though there is a bar/club in the city called the Distrikt which also hosts metal acts occasionally, though I was unable to find contact info for them.

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Kuranes Trevor
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:21 am 
 

Sounds like a cool idea with a worldwide database of metal venues.
Would make it alot easier finding gigs when you're abroad!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:04 am 
 

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:04 am 
 

Cleveland, bitches.

The Symposium - In Lakewood, this is the best of the best for local extreme metal shows. Tons of mini death-fests and local giant shows. A great place to buy from local labels like Hells Headbangers and see some great local talent. It's around a bunch of restaurants and bars as well. Not the best place for out of towners, just because everyone knows everyone here, but I've never felt out of place.

Now, That's Class! - another great venue for hardcore/metal shows. A lot of bands like this venue because it's an intimate little place. It's got a great feel, great staff, and a sizeable following to where shows will be packed, but never crowded. Also home to many a local shows.

Beachland Ballroom - power metal's haven. Lots of local shows through here, and a lot of power metal plays here for some odd reason. It's a bigger venue, and allows for dancing/moshing and also makes it easy to stay out of the foray. It's got a bar connected indoors to it, and the beer there is three bucks for a tall boy. Ain't a bad place to catch a show.

The Grog Shop - mostly indie and folk bands, along with rap but there are a handful of metal shows a month. Located in one of the youngest neighborhoods in Cleveland, Coventry, and is an ideal location for those of you unfamiliar with Cleveland. Round the corner from bars, restaurants, and places to stay. It's a great venue, a good size, and has an excellently managed staff, I've never had a problem booking/playing/seeing a show. A little far off the main highway though (route 71) so it may be a little too far for some.

Peabody's Down Under - the metal venue in Cleveland. Everyone who's anyone comes here. I've seen over a hundred shows at this venue. It's got a bar inside, whose prices aren't great, but they won't gouge you. There's a big enough area to mosh, but you can stay out of it pretty easily. The stage is just high enough where you can comfortably rest your hands on to headbang (this is a big deal to anyone who's ever been to a venue with those awful short shin-height stages) and you can easily pop in and outside to the courtyard for smokes/shitty band breaks. There's a separate venue called the Pirate Bay located right before you make it outside, and that's where all the local bands play, and there's almost always three or four local bands when every show comes to town. So each show feels like a mini festival, you can see up to six or seven bands depending on who the headliner brings along. Simply put, my favorite venue. Great place to go see a show, and I recommend all metalheads who come through the area to stop by, we'll grab a beer.
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Subrick
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:26 am 
 

There's two places I'm playing within the next week that I'll put up descriptions for once I've done the shows there. The two places are The Raven in Worcester, MA and Asylum in Portland, Maine.
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overkill666
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:26 am 
 

Oklahoma:

Cain's Ballroom:
Cain's Ballroom is a place where you usually catch big tours. Definitely not always metal, but it has a lot of history. Cain's Ballroom has been in operation since 1924.
http://www.cainsballroom.com/

The Brady Theatre:
Almost exactly the same as the Cains Ballroom. Very old with lots of history, only books huge national tours.
http://www.bradytheater.com/

The BOK Center:
This venue only books Metallica sized acts. Outrageous ticket prices and hard to find parking is expected.
http://www.bokcenter.com/

The Eclipse Cultural House:
A decent sized venue with a lot of artsy history. The stage is small, but it's a fun place. Books metal, hardcore, and punk. I've seen Death Angel and Bonded by Blood here.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eclipse-C ... 6090615706

The Ole Memorial Lounge:
A pretty small, urban tulsa style bar. no stage but the ban area is tile. It's not a bad little place to catch a show. Books everything frm country to rock to metal.
http://www.reverbnation.com/venue/1095276

Tankz:
A bar that specializes in hard rock and metal. I haven't been to this one.
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Tankz/145633792216578

The Zombie Lounge:
A shithole in a really bad part of town. Juggalos like to hang out here, but they often book metal shows.
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Zo ... 9217939531

The Crystal Pistol:
A downtown style bar that has frequent shows of all styles.
http://www.facebook.com/#!/crystalpisto ... 2005816693

The Sound Pony:
A downtown style bar that has frequent shows of all styles
http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-soundpony-tulsa

The Conservatory:
One of Oklahoma City's premier metal venues. Books tons of metal tours, as well as punk and indie. It may be a little run down, but it's a really cool place for shows. Plus their sound guy is really good. A+ from me.
http://www.conservatoryokc.com/

The Horde Hole:
A metal venue started by death metal band Horde Casket (signed to Sevared Records). I haven't been here, but they only book extreme metal concerts.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Horde ... 2336077153

The Diamond Ballroom:
Similiar to the Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, this venue usually books bigger tours of various styles of music.
http://www.diamondballroom.net/

The Warehouse:
A small venue in the Tulsa suburb of Bixby. Usually has hardcore shows, but will occasionally book a metal band.

The Hidden Castle:
This might be one of the only venues in Norman, aside from a bar I haven't heard of. The Hidden Castle is infact a castle. The building looks like a miniature castle from the outside. Lots of metal and rock shows booked here.
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Hi ... 4420908554
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Messiah_X
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:30 am 
 

MoonPenatrator wrote:
Los Angeles area/Hollywood, California -
These clubs play local bands as well as big bands
Key Club 21+
Viper Room 21+ (i think)
Whiskey A Go Go, All Ages
Safari Sam, All ages

These are the more local, smaller ones
Ghetto Grounds, All Ages
Cobalt Cafe, All Ages
Ques Bar, 21+

Those are all the ones I know of that are metal friendly, I'm sure there are more.


Safari Sam's is now closed

Also, as metal venues go, you can't talk about LA without mentioning The Black Castle. Love or hate this place, it is THE single metal-only venue in LA. Kind of dirty, trashy, and in a ghetto neighborhood, but that's what makes it home.

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Spiner202
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:41 am 
 

Toronto:

The Opera House
735 Queen Street East Toronto, ON M4M 1H2
(416) 466-0313
This is the place where most mid-sized drawing metal bands come through. It has two floors, though I've never seen the second floor opened. They tend to host more all-ages shows than 19+ ones, but definitely do both. There aren't really any places to sit, but besides that, it's still a decent venue.

Annex Wreckroom
794 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON M5R 3G1
(416) 536-0346
This venue holds a few hundred people and is definitely one of the best venues. Despite an ill-placed pole in the middle of the room, the setup is actually pretty nice. The stage is literally a step above the ground and there are plenty of places to sit. They do a lot of 19+ gigs but do sometimes have all ages ones as well. My only real complaint is that they play the music between bands almost as loud as the bands themselves, so it's good to have ear plugs in when you get there.

The Kool Haus
32 Queens Quay East Kool Haus, Toronto, ON M5A 3Y5
(416) 869-0045
This place is literally a giant room. The whole area is floor/pit space. Good sound from what I remember, but I've only been once.

Hard Luck Bar
772 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON M6J 1V1
(416) 833-9302
This place is even smaller than the Wreckroom but is also awesome. The whole floor area is very open, good space for merch on the side, and always cheap concerts here. The local bands seem to play here often and I really like it. On a side note, if anyone's been here before it was renovated, it was actually a terrible venue. It was like a long hallway, and I can't even believe it's the same place now.

The Rock Pile
5555 Dundas Street West Etobicoke, ON M9B6C1
(416) 504-6699
This venue is probably similar in size to the Wreckroom (maybe a bit bigger). There's tons of seating, a room for merch in the back, and a huge patio. It can get a little bit loud, but is still a nice venue. I'd like to go back for a second time. For some reason, they sometimes have 16+ events. Also, this is the only place that Inertia-Entertainment doesn't seem to book.

There are other venues as well (The Phoenix, Molson Ampitheatre, Mod Club, Echo Beach), but I don't know them well enough to review. Also, if you are in the area and looking for concerts, the number one promoter around here is Inertia-Entertainment http://www.inertia-entertainment.com/

Blacktooth Entertainment is another good one for smaller gigs.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:11 pm 
 

Scourge441 wrote:
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The Elevens (Northampton, MA)
http://musicattheelevens.blogspot.com/ https://www.facebook.com/TheElevens (They have a real website but they don't update it)
Rock bar that hosts live music every weekend. Not many metal shows, but Black Pyramid have played there in the past. I think they'd be willing to host more metal if there was a more active metal scene in the area.


I've played there before. It's a pretty good place; small and intimate and all that. The sound is quite good too, especially since the sound guy seemed like he didn't really care when everyone was setting up.
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