Best Concert Venues In The North East

Best Concert Venues In The North East

A list of some venues that have provided a unique experience each time I've visited them.

There are many different types of concert venues located across the country with capacities of a hundred people to thousands, meaning there is a place for everyone, regardless of what your taste in music is. You may witness some bands starting at a venue that holds a hundred people on a good day, then working up to the top to perform at a place that thousands of people can attend.

Since I live in New Jersey and can easily travel to Philadelphia or New York City, I have been able to experience venues of all kinds. One I'd like to start off talking about is located in Philadelphia and is pretty much unknown to most concert goers.

1. Everybody Hits

Everybody Hits is actually a batting cage that small concerts are held at every so often. I attended one there in March with about a hundred other people, and it was definitely one of the best concert experience I've ever had. With it being such a small crowd, it felt like a really personal performance and one that I'll never forget.

Smaller, unknown bands are the kind that you'll find here. It's definitely not one to miss out on, regardless if you know the music or not.

2. Starland Ballroom

Starland Ballroom located in Sayreville, New Jersey, is a bigger capacity venue, able to hold around 2,000 people. I've experienced everything from rock to pop punk bands here and have enjoyed it each time. You can get a perfect view regardless of where you're standing inside and parking is easily accessable compared to other venues I've been to in cities.

3. Terminal 5

Terminal 5 in New York City is another mid-size capacity venue, similar to the last one mentioned. This time though, it's decorated in nothing short of the best: chandeliers, eccentric, grand lighting. Anything you would imagine a venue in NYC would look like, this one provides.

4. Festival Pier

Festival Pier, located right next to the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia (once again), is a one-of-a-kind experience. It's located completely outside so, as you watch whatever musical act you choose to see, you can enjoy whatever nature is there. The environment is definitely unique, with the city noises being right in front of the venue gates. You'll hear muffled sounds of cars honking and other background noise during the music. This may sound weird at first, but it truly is great and enjoyable.

5. Theater of the Living Arts

Theater of the Living Arts in good ole' Philadelphia once again, is very similar to Terminal 5 in New York City, but with that Philly flare instead. It's located directly on South Street, which is known for it's many great restaurants and other one-of-a-kind places to shop.

6. Tower Theater

Closing this list off with another one of Philadelphia's bests: Tower Theater. It's been there since the 1970's, so it is definitely considered a historic place too. This venue features a unique and huge balcony. Although most of the venues I mentioned have that too, this venue is not age-restricted in most cases and you usually don't have to pay extra to sit up there. It provides a great view and a completely different experience than any of the other ones mentioned on this list.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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