Great Scott and Brighton Music Hall duke it out in USA Today’s ‘Best Small Music Venue’ poll


Call it the battle of Allston Rock City.

A pair of Allston rock clubs, Brighton Music Hall and Great Scott, have been nominated in USA Today’s 2015 Reader’s Poll, in the category of “Best Small Music Venue”. The rooms, located a quarter-mile from each other and connected by street corners off Harvard Avenue, will go up against 18 other mid-sized rock clubs around the country, including the Mohawk in Austin, New York City’s Baby’s All Right, and the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

Voting is open for the next 28 days, and you can peruse through all the categories and nominees here.


In a different poll in USA Today’s annual online survey, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is nominated in the Best Outdoor Music Venue category.

But it’s this rivalry-licious Allston showdown that has really captured our attention, pitting the Crossroads Presents and Bowery Boston clubs against each other.

Here’s what USA Today has to say about Crossroads Presents venue Brighton Music Hall, located at 158 Brighton Ave., and currently 7th in the poll:

One of Boston’s favorite music venues, this lauded concert hall books performances from rock bands to stand-up comedy acts. The 476-capacity venue primarily showcases national touring acts and large local bands. In the near future, audiences will enjoy the sounds of Balkan Beat Box and Blues Traveler.


And here is USA Today’s bio on Bowery Boston venue Great Scott, located at 1222 Commonwealth Ave., and currently 4th in the poll:

Deemed one of the best places in the Boston area to see a good indie-underground show or a small, on-the-rise band, this low-key destination always draws raves for its long-running dance nights. The Great Scott calendar boasts acts from comedians to singers like Jessica Pratt and Rocky Votolato.

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