Fireside Bowl, not quite R.I.P.
I heard on WNUR last night that the Fireside Bowl had closed, but this
is not quite accurate. According to the venue's web site, "Until recently
booking was handled by MPShows and due to recent developments this
relationship has ended. . . The Fireside will continue to have live
entertainment." For now, however, all upcoming shows have been canceled.
I have mixed feelings about the venue. The acoustics are terrible, and
bands that have been terrific elsewhere just have their sound deadened
there. One of my friends argued that the atmosphere more than makes up
for the lousy acoustics. The first time I was there after we'd had this
discussion, a cockroach moseyed along the bar as I was downing a drink.
This was a little more atmosphere than I could deal with, but the band
that night did sound good.