Category Archives: Venues

The Tank: From Theater to Film to Circuit-Bending

When I say Tank, what do you think of? A large armored vehicle? That thing you spend way too much to fill up with gas? Time for a new image.

The Tank was, at one point a volunteer-run space, and they still offer a massive variety of events with a reputation for both intimacy and diversity while they search for a new home.

Basically, The Tank hosts anything you can dream up: theater, film, music and multimedia presentations, comedy and dance performances as well as community events and workshops. The staff and directors work hard to be inclusive and make their organization a hub of creativity and community. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 23, 2011 in Venues


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Bill’s First Night in Austin

Music Doer Bill was recently down in Austin for SXSW and sent us this report from his first night at the festival. Enjoy!

SXSW 2011 was all it was cracked up to be: music, beer, food, beer, Pee Wee Herman and a gazillion others coming to get a taste of the “Live Music Capitol Of The World.” I arrived early to be a part of the interactive and film portion of the festival, but on my first night there, I could not resist an invitation to go see some real “local” music in a not-so-well-known spot.

I followed the directions: “…when you’re standing in front of The Continental Club, walk North to the end of the building. Go in the unmarked glass door and walk upstairs.” When I got upstairs I found a small room (maybe 40 capacity), with a very small bar and a few couches. On one side of the room was a Hammond B-3 organ and a small P.A. system. It was 8:25pm and I was the only person there besides the bartender and a couple musician types. I took one of the few bar stools and settled in next to the bay window that gave a great view of the newly reshaped Austin skyline and overlooked the ever-trendy South Congress Blvd. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 26, 2011 in Music, Music, Venues


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BPT’s Featured Venue: Connie’s Ric Rac

Wanna hear a great story? It’s about the Tartaglia family from South Philly. For years the father, Joe Tartaglia Sr. worked a stand on 9th and Ellsworth with his sons, Joe Jr. and Frankie, selling everything from Kung Fu movies to Fixodent toothpaste.

The mom, Connie, meanwhile ran a discount electronic appliance shop called “Connies’ Ric-Rac” down the the street at 1132 South 9th Street. Connie’s stayed open for 13 years until the mid-90’s when internet shopping started stealing her walk-in customers, causing her to close the doors of her shop and start using the space as storage for her, now internet-based, mail-order business. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Comedy, Venues


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BPT’s Featured Venue: The Lizard Lounge

There’s a great little venue in Cambridge, Massachusetts that uses Brown Paper Tickets to ticket their events. It’s called the Lizard Lounge and Rolling Stone calls it an “eclectic hot spot.” It’s gained a reputation as a great place to see top-notch musicians performing in an intimate setting and by intimate we mean intimate (maximum capacity is right around 100 people). But they set the mood right with low lighting and a plush, cozy, hipster-basement vibe.

They have a Poetry Night on Sundays, an open mic on Mondays and live acts throughout the rest of the week. Upcoming acts include “Gypsy Dirge-core” band Bury Me Standing, who will be doing a 4 week residency on Thursdays in April, tickets available here. And “Morroccan-dosed dub-jazz collective” Club d’Elf, will be celebrating their CD Release with two shows on Friday, April 22. Special guests will include none other than John Medeski and other guests from their 13 year residency at the Lounge. Tickets available here.

For drinks, they boast a full bar with top notch custom cocktails like their Watermelon Margarita and the Absolut Homerun that features Absolut Boston vodka, white grape juice and a splash of ginger ale! They also have 24 beers on tap featuring a rotating selection of local microbrews and imported classics like Chimay and Guinness and a dinner menu that is available every night until midnight. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 4, 2011 in Venues


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Launch Party in Seattle

Brown Paper Tickets recently celebrated our new services and updated website launch with a raucous party in our hometown of Seattle, Washington. We partied with over 400 of Brown Paper Tickets event producers, performers and friends.

Our new services are aimed at empowering event producers to successfully organize and ticket any type of event they may desire. This inspired us to adopt a theme of “Anything is Possible” to lead the night’s entertainment and modern-vaudeville vibe. Read the rest of this entry »


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BPT’S Favorite Venues: The Woods

We ticket shows for the Portland, Oregon venue The Woods and I gotta say, I’m a little envious of Portlanders for having such a cool and unique venue in their town.

The Woods is located in a former funeral parlor in the historic Sellwood neighborhood in Southeast Portland. It’s a mission-style building built in 1929 and booker Jeremy Hadley is doing a great job of getting acts that fit the beautiful, serene elegance that this venue exudes. Their website describes the atmosphere as “part club-house, part secret society” and that “patrons will feel they have stumbled upon another world: candle-lit, eccentric yet stately.” Performances take place in a beautiful chapel area but there are also several smaller lounges and outdoor seating, including a covered smoking “salon.” They have a full bar and a simple, affordable cafe menu and it looks like they also have Karaoke, stand-up comedy, and movie screenings scheduled on non-musical performance nights. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 21, 2011 in Music, Venues


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BPT’s Favorite Venues: The Can Can

In the heart of the Pike Place Market, here in Seattle, we’re lucky enough to have a little gem of a nightclub called the The Can Can a subterranean cabaret that’s become one of the most popular night-life destinations in town.

The Can Can’s aesthetic is steeped in Moulin Rouge-era Paris but maintains a modern edge. Descending into the basement night-club visitors anticipate a show heavy on nostalgic naughtiness. However, The Castaways, the Can Can’s in-house dance troupe, are not retro bump and grinders. These guys and gals perform burlesque with a edgy, surreal twist. My band has performed with them quite often and they constantly blow me away with their aggressive, high-energy, ultra-sexy dance moves. Always heavy on quirk and humor, they manage to trick audiences into watching modern dance by disguising it as a burlesque show. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 23, 2010 in Arts, Burlesque, Venues


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A Steampunk New Years in London

Karen from the UK office sent word about an amazing New Years event in London being held at a top secret location that will only be revealed a week before the event. Mysterious! This Steampunk-inspired evening of circus performance, live music, and cabaret boasts an interactive game element that encourages guests to “unlock the secret of the Eve of Tomorrow.”

Performers include burlesque stars Miss Polly Rae and Kitty Bang Bang, Big Band swing orchestra My Gosh Marvellous, Olivier Award-winning illusionist Marisa Carnesky, and much, much more. Event organizers White Mischief and Boom Boom Club encourage costumes inspired by Aristocrats, Inventors, Scientists, Dandies and Dieselpunks and even offer a 20% discount for a rental costumier! According to the counter on their website, they’ve sold 80% of their tickets. The other 20% are available here.

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Posted by on December 21, 2010 in Music, Seasonal, Venues


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