Everything you need to know about local venues:
Higher Ground: Burlington
According to Nick Vaden, the promotional manager of Higher Ground, the venue hosts “practically every genre of music imaginable, as well as comedy shows, spoken word, film screenings and plays.” It is not uncommon for Higher Ground to have multiple performances a day, seven nights a week. The facility includes two separate venue spaces that are standing room only. They offer both parking and food service catered by Encore Catering. Shows are considered to be ‘all ages’ unless otherwise specified.
Smoke Signals: Lake Placid
Smoke Signals also has two venues. The downstairs space is for smaller groups, while the larger acts perform upstairs. Owner Jason Stoltz says the genres include,” jazz, hip hop, rock, metal, blue grass, and reggae.” They have first-come-first serve seating available at the shows, as well as parking (two municipal lots) and a Barbeque-style menu including burgers, ribs, nachos, fried pickles and pulled pork. On average they have two shows per week; all of which are listed on their website and Facebook page. All shows are 21 and up.
ROTA is a volunteer-run venue. They host a variety of shows including punk, metal, country, folk and jazz, according to the secretary and Assistant Music Coordinator Shannon Stott. ROTA has an average of eight shows per month. They have parking (in the Farmer’s Market lot on Durkee Street) and seating, but does not serve food. The shows are all ages and they offer scaling admission ($3-$10).
Nectar’s is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Above Nectar’s is another music space, ‘Club Metronome’. They host all types of music including live bands and DJs and have shows up to seven nights a week. While they do offer an ’18 and up’ night during the week (the day varies), they are otherwise 21 and up. They have limited ‘club’ seating, but it is not considered to be a seated venue. According to the VP of Business Development Brian Mital, their food service includes items such as their beloved “burgers, fries, wings and specials such as ‘Fried Chicken Fridays.’ There are several parking options in the area, both metered lots and street parking, but nothing designated for Nectar’s specifically.
Monopole has been in business for 118 years. They have live music ranging from jazz to alternative Wednesdays through Sundays. They are open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. All shows are 21 and up and they have bar seating and street parking. According to owner Corey Rosoff, their menu includes, “pizza, wings and bar snacks.”