Venue Review: Tremont Music Hall – Main Stage
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|Tremont Music Hall has been around since 1994. Until now, I’ve only seen bands play in their smaller section that they call the “Casbah” stage. This time, I got to experience a show in the larger hall. Just like the smaller section, it is what seems to have been a warehouse or factory, and as such is a cement block cave. The differences in size between the two sections of Tremont present a completely different concert experience, depending upon which side you’re on to see a band. The “Casbah” section is a rectangle on end with stage at the top short side. The main stage is also rectangular, this time on its side and the stage is halfway across the top long end. This allows for a much greater audience size and stage area for the band. The sound is great. A major checking point with me is that if you can hear the vocals and understand them, then the sound is good. At Tremont’s main stage, I heard the vocals very clearly and very well. The better part of the main stage area is of course that it’s spacious. No matter where you end up in there, you’ve got a great vantage point to see what’s happening on stage.
As I said in the “Casbah” section review, the staff is friendly and very helpful, with a well stocked bar that even has Gatorade available for those hot nights. The heat is still an issue at Tremont, no matter which side you’re on, that it’s hot in the summer as there is no air-conditioning. However, with a good band, and they have good bands there often, it’s something that can be easily overlooked as long as one is prepared for it.
The biggest issue I’ve encountered with attending anything at Tremont is the line to get in if you’re even remotely late to a show. Solution to that is to get there early!
|Sound Quality: The main stage is much, much larger than the Casbah section of Tremont. This stage fits a large band very easily. Many speakers line each section of the stage. The sound itself though loud did not overpower me, nor did my ears hurt after listening to the band on stage for a while. I always prefer to be in the back and whether on the left, right or middle, I found the sound quality to be just about perfect.
Beverage Selection: The bar has a few on tap, six maybe, with a full selection of liquor and bottled beer, and additionally has a cooler stocked with water, Gatorade and vitamin water.
Cleanliness: The Tremont is an older building but that is maintained fairly well. I found that the bathroom was clean and well stocked (though there were not many females there this night), and the floors (though all cement) were clean.
Wait Staff: Â This busy evening I found that everyone was being served quickly, and very efficiently. They took both cash and credit cards. You do have to go to the main bar (which you pass on the way to the stage) to get served though, they do not have a second bar anywhere to be seen, so on a busy night, plan accordingly.
Location: The street is well named, so, you really canâ€™t miss it (Tremont). We paid $5 to park, so make sure you have a bit of cash on hand if you are intending on parking here. They have at least 2 seconds of grass/gravel parking. Though if you plan on leaving early make sure you get a spot where you are not parked in!
Handicap Accessibility: The entrance to the Tremont is in the back of the building, where a ramp takes you directly to the folks who ID and accept forms of money to let you in. There are no steps inside the place and some seats around the bar, as well as some seating directly next to the stage. I didnâ€™t see handicap marked parking, but it is possible that the fellow collecting money for parking would let you park next to the building.
Tremont does not have air conditioning, not even a fan/vent to the outside world (in the roof). The doors are kept open with large fans blowing air about the place, which is fairly inefficient. It tends to get very hot during the summer. The Tremont website indicates a capacity of 1000 folks when using this main stage.
Overall I give this venue 4 out of 5 stars. Other than the hot factor, I like the place for live music.