Best Club to See Regional Acts

The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern

An old Croatian social hall that co-owners Mark Leddy and Cindy Barber have turned into a concert site, the Beachland is perhaps the most artist-friendly venue in town. With two rooms -- a spacious ballroom and a small tavern -- the Beachland can present a variety of shows on different scales. It has hosted concerts by local acts as wide-ranging as jazz singer Jimmy Scott, old-time punks the Pink Holes, the percussion ensemble Drumplay, and classic rocker Michael Stanley. Recent renovations include a stage for the tavern area, new paint, new floors, and a full kitchen that serves everything from burgers and fries to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.