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.

Be sure to check out all the tour dates below and get tickets here.

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?