First shows announced for Boston’s newest music venue Roadrunner

The 3,500-capacity Allston-Brighton venue will begin hosting shows at the end of March.

An exterior view of the building that will house Roadrunner, a new Bowery Boston live music venue. The Bowery Presents

Who couldn’t do with a little more music?

Boston’s newest music venue, Roadrunner, just announced its very first concert lineup for this spring. The 3,500-capacity Allston-Brighton venue will begin hosting shows at the end of March, starting with indie pop act Bleachers.

Roadrunner’s spring lineup is stacked with local acts, including Foxborough-native JoJo, Lake Street Dive, a band that formed at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and Big Thief, whose members all attended Berklee College of Music.

The 50,000-square-foot venue is named after “Roadrunner,” a love song to Massachusetts by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers.

“To us, the song ‘Roadrunner’ so authentically belongs to Massachusetts and this new venue. There’s a reason why it came close to becoming the official state song: it’s transportive while still unifying people,” Josh Bhatti, Vice President and head of the Boston office of The Bowery Presents, told Variety in May. “We could not be more excited to welcome in fans next year.”


The spot is operated by AEG-affiliated Bowery Presents, which also manages venues like the Royale in Boston and The Sinclair in Cambridge. According to Bowery, the venue will become New England’s largest general admission concert venue, giving spots like the House of Blues in Fenway a little competition.

“From unobstructed sightlines to state-of-the-art sound, plus easy access to bars and restrooms, we’re confident that Roadrunner will join The Sinclair as a beloved concert venue in Greater Boston, delivering on our commitment to keep the music first,” Bhatti said.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 5, so mark your calendars and be the first to check out this new Boston venue.


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