EXCLUSIVE: Say Anything’s Max Bemis Shares His Top 5 Venues
Say Anything has just ticked off their summer Rarities and More Tour, so Max Bemis was kind enough to give Buzznet the lowdown on his favorite venues! Take a look at his review and why he loves each one.
1. House of Blues Sunset – West Hollywood, CA
This, as well as the amazing Troubadour, is where I went to the most life-changing shows as a kid growing up, and thus, I still get a little nostalgic when we headline the joint. Not to mention it’s a hometown show for me, so the backstage is always filled with people I love and we usually end or begin tour there, so it’s always an emotional affair.
2. Best Buy Theater/Irving Plaza (tied) – New York NY
New York is where I was born and I spent many years living in the city later on as an adult. Shows at either of these venues are always very charged and tiring in the best way possible. Plus, the Best Buy Theater is close to my favorite comic book store, Midtown Comics.
3. Hawthorne Theater, Portland, OR
Portland is such an amazing place and the area around this joint is super cool and fun to peruse before a show.
4. Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro NC
Amazing history, enthusiastic crowds, and another superb area to explore day of the show.
5. Emo’s – Austin TX
As you might ascertain by the the obviously “on the nose” name of the place, we always feel at home here and have played in all the different rooms/stages at various points in our career. Love me some Austin.
Thu Jun 6 Dallas TX The Door
Fri Jun 7 Austin TX Emo’s East
Sat Jun 8 Houston TX Fitzgerald’s
Sun Jun 9 New Orleans LA Tipitina’s
Tue Jun 11 St. Petersburg FL The State Theatre
Wed Jun 12 Lake Buena Vista FL House of Blues – Orlando
Thu Jun 13 Atlanta GA Masquerade
Fri Jun 14 Carrboro NC Cat’s Cradle
Sat Jun 15 Norfolk VA The NorVa
Sun Jun 16 Baltimore MD Ram’s Head Live
Tue Jun 18 Rochester NY Water Street Music Hall
Wed Jun 19 New Haven CT Toad’s Place
Thu Jun 20 New York NY Irving Plaza
Sat Jun 22 Philadelphia PA Theatre of Living Arts
Sun Jun 23 Boston MA Paradise Rock Club
Tue Jun 25 Pittsburgh PA Stage AE
Wed Jun 26 Cleveland OH House of Blues
Thu Jun 27 Detroit MI St. Andrew’s Hall
Fri Jun 28 Columbus OH Newport Music Hall
Sat Jun 29 Sauget IL Pop’s
Mon Jul 1 Denver CO The Summit Music Hall
Tue Jul 2 Salt Lake City UT In the Venue — Club Sound
Fri Jul 5 Seattle WA Showbox at The Market
Sat Jul 6 Portland OR Hawthorne Theatre
Sun Jul 7 San Francisco CA The Regency Ballroom
Tue Jul 9 Las Vegas NV House of Blues
Wed Jul 10 Tempe AZ The Marquee
Thu Jul 11 San Diego CA House of Blues
Fri Jul 12 Los Angeles CA House of Blues
What’s your favorite concert venue?