The Middle East in Cambridge and the MG US Tour

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Boston and I had a tumultuous relationship. I moved there alone not knowing anyone or having ever visited the city before. I had a new role with my company, a new house, and new friends to seek out, which wasn’t easy. One thing that I was able to go out and do by myself (that lead to meeting all kinds of interesting characters) was going to concerts. Music has a way of bringing together longtime friends and loners.

Central Square (in Cambridge) was hardly littered with pea-coat wearing MBA’s like the rest of Boston. It wasn’t pretentious – it had dive bars, diners, galleries, and great live music venues. From a couple Mighty Mighty Bosstones “hometown throwdown” shows to punk bands and lots of local acts, I checked out venues like TT The Bears and the legendary Middle East. This scene was mere blocks away from my old loft on Pleasant Street.

Legendary Venue - The Middle East

I loved living in the republic of Cambridge. Every now and then I pine for the life I lead there although I’m so glad I have already been able to share a slice of these memories with John.

When Matt announced he’ll be playing a US Tour I was pretty much crossing my fingers that a Boston-area show would be included. Much to my delight, he’ll be stopping in Cambridge, at the Middle East no less.

Funny thing is, when I lived in Boston I ordered Avalanche online and it almost became a soundtrack for those times. I can’t listen to “In a World Called Catastrophe” and not think about walking to work along the frosted brick sidewalks of Harvard with the Charles River following me every step of the way.

If anyone didn’t know what to get me for Christmas I think a plane ticket to my former zip code would make me crumble into little bits of excitingness. Regardless, you can probably count on John and I taking a long weekend in March 2008.

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  1. EvaWednesday, December 19th, 2007 — 2:27pm PST

    I grew up in the Boston area. I remember some of the smaller venues around Central Square. I remember seeing a few shows at T.T. the Bears! I certainly plan on heading down there (from Montreal) for the long weekend. My folks still live in the area. Maybe I’ll catch you at the show! 🙂

  2. fotoeinsWednesday, December 19th, 2007 — 4:00pm PST

    Awesome; hope you both go back to show your old haunting grounds. I’m totally digging the slices of history …

  3. teflonjediWednesday, December 19th, 2007 — 6:17pm PST

    I was a resident of Inman Square myself, between the summer of 2000 and the summer of 2003. I lived in an apartment with my now-ex-girlfriend during that time, and we used to walk down to Central all the time. I really loved my time there…it was great to not need a car to get around, and Cambridge offered so much.

    My only complaint? My drive out to Framingham every morning to work. I spent as much time every morning driving across Cambridge to get onto the Pike, as I did driving up the Pike. I turned that to my advantage though, as it offered me some alone time to listen to music. I don’t know if we lived in Cambridge/Somerville at the same time, but if we did, I was the guy in the black VW Jetta playing Collective Soul’s Disciplined Breakdown (or similar fare)…

  4. Duane StoreyThursday, December 20th, 2007 — 10:45pm PST

    Let me know if you go! I haven’t been to Boston in a while now.

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