A look at music venues in Burlington

Burlington’s music scene may be best known as the birthplace of Phish — check out Nectar’s — but it’s much more than just jam bands. From folk to reggae to punk, if you’re looking for a place to listen to some music, Burlington has a venue to offer. Higher Ground — The largest music venue in the area, Higher Ground attracts some pretty big acts. This can be attributed to Burlington’s location between Boston and Montreal, which are both popular concert cities. Upcoming artists for the fall include Broken Social Scene, Guster, Ingrid Michaelson and Pretty Lights. Check out the Higher Ground website for a calendar of events — the good shows can sell out pretty quickly. Nectar’s — If you’re less about nationally touring artists and more about some really good local ones, Nectar’s is the place to go. Located downtown on Main Street, Nectar’s Restaurant and Bar has live music seven nights a week and was where Phish got their start. For something different, Sunday night is Reggae night. Flynn Center — The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts hosts events such as dance, theater and music shows. With acts ranging from classical musicians to acts like The Swell Season, the Flynn Center’s calendar is worth checking out if you’re looking for musical, or any kind of performing arts, events. Metronome — Located above Nectar’s is Club Metronome. Between DJs and live acts, Metronome has a variety of music styles, ranging from hip-hop to 90s night on Friday and an 80s dance party on Saturday. The Monkey House —Located in Winooski, the Monkey House is a small, more obscure venue in the Burlington area that hosts a variety of indie acts. Radio Bean — The Radio Bean is a coffee shop/music venue with a unique vibe. Small, intimate and kind of bohemian, the Radio Bean is the sort of place where there are regulars. The Skinny Pancake — The Skinny Pancake may be best known for their crepes, but on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, the place fills up with the sound of live folk music. 242 Main — Because Burlington has something for everybody, if hardcore punk is your thing, this substance-free venue is a likely place to find some grinding guitar and biting drums.