“A lot of my favorite watering holes have been taken over by under-30s . . . and by boneheads,’’ said Jesse Burkhardt, 55, a Cambridge resident who often hangs at the Plough during weekend afternoons.
Now middle aged, the early rock generation has mellowed, so it is understandable their music—and the music scene itself—does not have the midnight mania it used to have.
“A lot of people I know are older and they’re looking to relax to music,’’ said Bear, the Rustlers’ bassist. “They don’t want the angry, three-chord punk anymore.’’
Tune in Club circuit for middle age rockers:
Lizard Lounge lizardloungeclub.com
Plough & Stars ploughandstars.com
Sally O’Briens Bar sallyobriensbar.com
Smoken’ Joe’s smokenjoesbbqboston.com
Steve Morse is a former music critic for the Boston Globe who now teaches an online course in rock history for Berklee College of Music. He can be reached at email@example.com.