Worcester Palladium Announces Million Dollar Restoration Project
Saturday, February 01, 2014
The Worcester Palladium, a storied music venue that has been a city fixture since it first opened as a movie theater in 1931, has announced the beginning of The Palladium Restoration Project.
The Project seeks to raise $1 million in order to renovate and modernize the venue. The renovation effort will encompass everything from rebuilding the Palladium's historic architecture to the way that the venue uses up-to-date technologies.
The Palladium is appealing to members of the public to help them with their efforts, offering myriad prizes and giveaways to those who contribute. Fundraising efforts for the Restoration Project have kicked off on indiegogo.com. Donors of $150 or more will receive tickets to see Falling in Reverse during their sold-out show Saturday, February 1st, as well as a CD and signed poster. $250 and up earns donors a chance to sign their name on the Palladium main stage--enshrining themselves in the history of this classic central-Massachusetts venue at the same time that they help to ensure its future.
To learn more, see the full list of giveaways and prizes, or to donate to the Palladium Restoration Project, click here.
If you like punk and metal, the Palladium is your perfect night out. Having hosted acts like Fall Out Boy, Blink-182, and My Chemical Romance, the Palladium continues to feature the best of the genre (as well as some others—Moby, Bob Dylan, and Kanye West, to name a few). Ticket prices vary by performer, and all shows are general admission unless otherwise noted.
261 Main St, Worcester. 508-797-9696. www.thepalladium.net
The DCU Center, home of the Worcester Sharks, also hosts many large-scale concerts—the standard set by its 1982 inaugural performance by Frank Sinatra. Ticket prices vary by performer and seat location.
50 Foster St, Worcester. 508-755-6800. www.dcucenter.com
During the week, Jillian’s is the perfect place to chill—there’s a bar, pool tables, and a game room. On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s a cozy concert hall—beginning at 9:30, local bands from hard rock to reggae take the stage.
315 Grove St, Worcester. 508-793-0900. www.jilliansworcester.com/
Beatnik’s came into existence as a place to “be you”—an homage to the mid-20th-century subculture from which it borrows its name. It has a unique but cozy atmosphere and great food as well as live music. If you’re over 21, check it out.
433 Park Ave, Worcester. 508-926-8877. www.beatniksbeyou.com
Lucky Dog Music Hall
If you’re over 21, come check out this longstanding and highly praised Worcester music hall. Catering to rock fans, Lucky Dog has live music almost every night of the week, with 80s tribute band Flock of Assholes appearing every Thursday.
89 Green St, Worcester. 508-363-1888. www.theluckydogmusichall.com
Ralph’s Rock Diner
Ralph’s has something for everybody—Cinemageddon on Sundays, poetry on Mondays, guest bands and DJs on Tuesdays, trivia and karaoke on Wednesdays, Metal Thursdays, and live music on Fridays. For Ralphs, too, though, make sure you’re over 21!
148 Grove St, Worcester. 508-753-9543. www.ralphsrockdiner.com
Nick’s Bar and Restaurant
Why should you have to wait for the weekend for a night out? Nick’s hosts acts every night. Kick back with a beer and a snack from the new menu and listen to the best of Worcester’s live music.
124 Millbury St, Worcester. 508-753-4030. http://www.nicksworcester.com/
The Hanover Theater
If you prefer a large and regal stage to a small lounge and Broadway tunes to rock, try the Hanover Theater. This venue hosts traveling shows as well as speakers—Rudy Giuliani, Tony Bennett, and Cirque Dreams Holidaze are all coming up in the next month.
2 Southbridge St, Worcester. 877-571-SHOW. www.thehanovertheatre.org
JJ Sports Bar and Grill
Just outside of Worcester in Northboro, JJ’s hosts live music every Friday and Saturday and trivia every Tuesday and Thursday! Now that the World Series is over, there might not be as much to see, but JJ’s is also equipped with many HD televisions and a state-of-the-art sound system, so you can watch the game while you wait for the bands to play. 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northboro. 508-842-8420. www.jbag.biz.