Sounds Good: Granada 80th Anniversary Shows / Mumford & Sons @ Sandstone

Embedded image permalinkThis week’s a special one for a certain music venue in Lawrence that’s seen its share of ups and downs over the years.

The Granada on Mass. Street is celebrating its 80th anniversary this week.  It was originally a movie theater, but has been a live music venue for the last 20 or so years.

To celebrate, owner Mike Logan has decided to jam-pack some quality shows together, along with some free outdoor events.  Tonight is California indie rockers Best Coast; Thursday night is punk revivalists AFI; Friday is alt-folksters Minus the Bear; and Saturday is legendary Cali-ska punks Rancid.

Don’t look now, but Logan has been slowly taking over the Lawrence live music scene.

First off, Logan cleaned up the bad reputation that the Granada had about 10 years ago.  The 800 person venue was known among locals as the GraNasty, due to its grungy interior, miserable bathrooms, and often unruly and violent crowds.

Logan invested heavily in making the historic theater a nice place to go.  He built a bar in the front, separate from the stage; re-did the bathrooms; expanded the balcony; opened up the main room and revamped the sound system; added amenities for the touring bands coming through; added tons of taps to the bar; and slapped fresh paint on everything.

Now, if you want to see a solid, national touring band almost any night of the week in Lawrence, the Granada is the first place to check.  And it makes sense, especially for the bands – I mean, have you ever seen the green room at the Bottleneck?

Check out their Facebook page here for a full listing of events.


Friday, September 20th

Mumford & Sons at Sandstone in Bonner Springs

They had to cancel the show that was originally scheduled for a couple months back when one of the boys had a blood clot removed from his brain. So this concert has been much anticipated for a long time.  And these guys just might be the biggest band in the world right now – yes, this show’s been sold out for months and months.  But if you don’t have a ticket, you can still listen in because 96.5 the Buzz is broadcasting the whole thing live on the radio.  I’ve seen Mumford once, and they put on a helluva show – one of the best of the year.  I truly don’t think they’re quite as flash-in-the-pan as some of the others they get lumped in with, like the Lumineers, for example.

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5 Responses to Sounds Good: Granada 80th Anniversary Shows / Mumford & Sons @ Sandstone

  1. Orphan of the Road says:

    David Bromberg is at Knuckleheads Sat, 21st.

    A guitar players player. Or anything with strings.

  2. balbonis moleskine says:

    Mumford might be the first band to reschedule a gig and by the time they’ve come back they’ve jumped the shark.

    Neo-alt-folk-americana revolution is here to stay! or not…

    • mike t. says:

      well, in some circles, at its core, it never went away and probably never will. kinda like the blues. only the popularity shifts to and fro, with new players bringing new wrinkles to the genre now and then. and then when they do, they have to invent a new genre name, to at least part of your point, balbonis. imo of course.

  3. T&J says:

    love that place.

  4. PB says:

    Would love to see Bromberg, but prior commitments will keep me away. For those willing to brave the P&L District, the always solid Blues Traveler will be playing a FREE concert there on Friday night, which should be a nice evening weather-wise. And I’m with balbonis on the Mumfords and all of that ilk, I wish they would just go away already, but hey, somebody had to replace Dave Matthews for a whole new set of brahs and their girlfriends.

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