Top 5 Venues for Live Music.

I saw my good friend Myra over the weekend, and we got to talking about shows we want to see this summer.  

She lives in NC, and I obviously live here, so our conversation quickly went from shows to the venues we like to see our faves perform in!

Here's my Top 5, followed by hers!

Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank:   This venue is the perfect blend of old and new, and no matter where you sit, the acoustics are perfect.  I love the staff and the feeling of being so close to the stage (no matter where you sit)!
The Count Basie Theatre

State Theatre New Jersey:   Same reasons as Count Basie--it has rich history and you can't beat the sound--plus, not a bad seat in the house!
State Theatre, New Jersey

Madison Square Garden:   While most will say it's a big venue and you don't feel close to the stage, I love it, and when an artist that I admire gets to perform there, I always feel so happy for them to be on that iconic stage.   Will never tire of the Garden!
Madison Square Garden

Beacon Theatre, NYC:  A fave for the rich history, the sound, the staff, and how despite it being modernized a bit, it still retained a lot of the artwork and fixtures on the walls.   Not a bad seat in the house, either!
Beacon Theatre

Webster Hall, NYC:   If I had to pick a venue where you stand to see a show, this is it.  You can get close to the stage, go upstairs, and who doesn't love a unisex bathroom?  I've seen so many bands and artists going back to when it was The Ritz!
Webster hall

That was mine, now here's Myra's pick of venues.

Center Stage-Atlanta: A Triple Threat for Live Music Fans! Nestled in the heart of midtown Atlanta is Center Stage, an icon in the Atlanta Music and Performing Arts Community which also plays host to The Loft and Vinyl. Center Stage-Atlanta boasts premier sound and lighting for local, regional and national acts with stunning views of the downtown Atlanta skyline, open bar areas and much more. For example, Vinyl @ Center Stage-Atlanta has been a standard in Atlanta’s local music scene for the past five years. It is a low-key, high quality venue for live performances offering an intimate setting with plenty of seating for a prime views of the show and billiards for those just stopping in for a cold beer and a little music. Center Stage-Atlanta | Atlanta, GA

The Fillmore: A Taste of San Francisco in Charlotte!  The Fillmore Charlotte is housed in a historic textile mill, and is themed in the tradition of the legendary Fillmore, San Francisco.  The Fillmore Charlotte features the iconic music venue's trademark decor, including red oak hardwood floors, red painted interior, vintage posters of legendary live music performances, magnificent chandeliers throughout, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, as well as, stadium style tiers that create great sight lines from anywhere in the venue, a VIP area and more. The Fillmore Charlotte | Charlotte, NC

The Peace Center: A World Class Performance Venue! Situated in a Nationally Recognized hub of the Carolina's the Peace Center has a 2,100-seat concert hall, 400-seat theatre, an amphitheatre, a sophisticated patrons’ lounge and more, featuring a variety of musical performances yearly from Classical, Dance, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Pop, Comedy, Rock and more. The Peace Center also hosts a full calendar of top Broadway shows yearly. Some of the musical performers who have played the Peace Center include Gov't Mule, Carole King, Steve Winwood, Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire to name a few. In addition the many musical acts who have graced the stages at The Peace Center, some of the most renowned Broadway shows have performed on its stages including The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, The Color Purple, School of Rock, Les Miserables and many others.  We welcome Hamilton in 2018. The Peace Center | Greenville, SC

The Bowery: The 8th Wonder of The World! Located just step from the Atlantic Ocean lies the World Famous Bowery which has been entertaining millions from all over the globe since 1944. The Bowery features live music seven nights a week with a large dance floor just steps away from the ocean. Aside from featured performances throughout the year their house bands are some of the best in the business, they have to be to keep the crowds coming back for more. The Bowery’s most famous house band from 1973 -1980 was country super group “ALABAMA”, who still consider The Bowery their home, and make numerous appearances throughout the year. The Bowery’s place in music history was secured after Alabama was inducted into the County Music Hall of Fame in 2005. The Bowery | Myrtle Beach, SC

The Orange Peel: One of the Southeast's Preeminent Concert Venues! Well known for presenting up and coming new talent as well as showcasing legendary performers, The Orange Peel is just a short drive (or walk) from the World Famous Biltmore Estate and features state-of-the-art sound and lighting rarely found in a club its side. In its first three years as a music club, The Orange Peel was recognized as one of the best live music venues in the nation. It has been featured and highlighted in USA Today,  Rolling Stone Magazine and most recently, in the May 2011 issue of GQ. Acts appearing on stage over the years at the Orange Peel have included The Commodores, Bob Dylan, Jack White, Blondie, Joan Jett, Lauryn Hill, Cyndi Lauper, Ice Cube and many more. Even the Smashing Pumpkins did a nine-show run in June and July 2007. The Orange Peel | Asheville, NC

...and an added bonus for Live Music Fans is The Cajun Queen: A Taste of New Orleans in the Upstate of the Carolinas! The Cajun Queen is nestled in a 100-year old house featuring Live Jazz in the upstairs dining area seven nights a week, with a more intimate, quieter dining downstairs. The Cajun Queen offers a menu that makes New Orleans proud making for a beautiful night out for singles, an intimate setting with the one you love, enjoyable family dinners, a place where friends can share great meals together and company associates can schedule memorable business lunch and dinners. Voted Charlotte's Best Cajun Restaurant - The Cajun Queen | Charlotte, NC

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