By Heather Cohen, SED’17
I have always been a lover of music. Whether I am doing homework, walking in Boston, or trying to fall asleep, I am always listening to music. I never leave anywhere without my headphones, and Spotify has become my best friend. But nothing comes close to hearing the music you love, performed right in front of you.
One of the great things about going to school in a city like Boston is not only the fact that almost every musical artist makes a stop here, but we have one of the best venues (in my opinion), The House of Blues. The House of Blues is right across from Fenway Park and is in walking distance of almost every student who lives on campus. It feels like a small venue but it can still hold over 2,000 people. I have had the privilege of seeing 5 concerts at this venue and for all of them, I was 3rd row or closer. The beauty of the House of Blues is that you have the option of buying tickets with seats or standing room tickets. So if you prefer to get there on time instead of getting there early for good spots, getting a seat ticket is the way to go. However, I will share a little trick with you that might change your mind about waiting in line for standing room tickets.
When I went to see the incredibly talented acapella group, Pentatonix, I got there 6 hours early because I wanted to be as close as I possibly could to the stage. I had waited forever to see this group and I had my heart set on front row. When I got to the venue, there were only two girls there and since I had gone by myself, we started making conversation to pass the time. They told me that there were VIP tickets, so those lucky people would go in first by doing something called “pass the line.” I had never heard of this, so they explained it to me.
The House of Blues has a restaurant right next to the concert venue. If you eat at the restaurant before the concert and you order off a certain menu, your waiter will sign your receipt. With that, you automatically get put into a different line. So you “pass” the main line and go ahead of them. Since Pentatonix had VIP tickets sold, VIP members went in first, then the “pass the line,” and then the general admission line.
This trick (that most people don’t know!) has allowed me to see Walk the Moon (twice), Matt and Kim, and Twenty One Pilots from the first or second row. And for these concerts, I didn’t have to stand in line for 6 hours. If the doors opened at 7:30, I got to the restaurant by 6:00, had a nice meal and was in line by 7:00. Then I only had to wait for a half an hour to see some of my favorite bands perform right in front of me.
So the next time your favorite artist is in town, and they’re playing at the House of Blues, show your knowledge of being a Bostonian and Pass the Line.