New Year, New Tunes: 4 Hidden Gem Music Venues to Unleash Your Rhythm
Live music is our heartbeat at 4Squares! We are big fan's of Medford's Chevalier, but we also love uncovering new venues - that pulse with unforgettable vibes and melodies. So get ready for an exhilarating musical adventure as we unveil four electrifying venues that fly under the radar but pack an impressive punch.
Deep Cuts, 21 Main Street, Medford, MA
The newest music hot spot on the Medford block, Deep Cuts, began as a pop-up in 2018, later relocating to West Medford in 2021 and eventually establishing a 240-person venue in Medford Square. Striving to bridge the gap left by the departure of the iconic Great Scott in Allston and Once in Somerville, Deep Cuts offers live music, a brewery, delectable food options, and a record store managed by Light of Day Records. To boot, you can try your hand at one of the pinball games from Our Lady of Pinball! In living up to the Deep Cuts name, the talent lineup includes up-and-coming, niche artists like Jane’s Party and Boy Jr. & Medusa to draw an eclectic crowd from near and far.
Backroom at the Burren, 247 Elm Street, Somerville, MA
Davis Square and The Burren in Somerville share an inseparable connection, where this lively Irish pub stands as a cultural cornerstone. Whether you're seeking a traditional Irish seisiún, a Bluegrass Jam, or Gypsy Jazz vibes, you'll find your match here as they offer something for every taste — musical and culinary. Dig into a traditional Irish Breakfast or Shepherd’s Pie and pair it with their signature Bloody Mary or a pint of Guinness or Bellhaven while enjoying local artists such as Matt & Shannon Heaton, Annie and the Fur Trappers, or the Porch Party Mamas.
Clockwise from top left: Narrows Center, interior; Backroom at the Burren, Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers; Cary Memorial Hall; Narrows Center, exterior, Allan Millora Photography.
Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA
Cary Memorial Hall is more than the heart of the renowned Lexington Symphony—it's a stage buzzing with musical magic. Sure, it's the symphony's home base, but this hall doesn't stop there. It's a melting pot of musical talent, welcoming diverse acts from classical virtuosos to boundary-pushing performers across genres. Curious to learn whatever happened to Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken of American Idol fame? Well, they’re playing in January, as is five-time Grammy winner Robert Cray. The star-studded lineup doesn’t end there. Check out the Carey Hall website for more exceptional musical acts across genres.
Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River, MA
Nestled on the banks of the Taunton River in Bristol County, the Narrows Center for the Arts isn't just a venue—it's a vibrant, welcoming haven for culture. From legends like Mavis Staples and Los Lobos to stars like Ruth Moody of The Wailin’ Jennys and John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, The Narrows’ stage has hosted diverse musical talents, painting a vivid picture of genres. Set in a historic mill, the Narrows isn't just about the beats—it's a symphony of live music and creative expression. More than a venue, it's a community hub, sparking creativity with art shows, workshops, yoga classes, and programs that invite everyone to dive into the thrilling world of arts and culture. Upcoming performers include Grateful Dead cover artists The Pearly Baker Band, and the Morrocan-Funk fusion band Club D’Elf.