The Haunt, Ithaca, NY Total shows: 41. 24 at the old Haunt on Green Street, 17 at the current location on Willow Street. Capacity: 500 current, ?? old location The Haunt opened in 1969 at the Green St. location. It was a long, narrow room with a stage at the far end, and a bar on the left side if you were facing the stage. The stage had fencing at the front. Sound was generally good. The sightlines weren’t great once you got too far back in the room. The place had a great vibe. Lots of big reggae bands played there over the years. The current location is one of my favorite rooms. It’s a little more square than the old room. The The sound is really good, the sightlines are good from almost everywhere. The bar is easy to get at. There’s also food, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten there. Chuck Clark’s, Elmira, NY Counting 14 of the 15 shows I played here, I’ve seen at least 31 shows here. They were almost entirely local band shows, so there are probably some that aren’t on my list. One of the shows I played was on New Year’s Eve 1996. We played first, and then split and went to Binghamton. Capacity: Probably about 500 This was a local bar in Elmira, where I grew up. A lot of my friends, including most of my old band, were regulars. There was a big back room with a stage. There was music one or two nights a week back there. The sound was ok. There were tables in the back behind the sound board. There was also a second bar back there that was open if the show sold well. I think the biggest band I ever saw there was Warzone, but Flock of Seagulls and Quiet Riot both played there in the 1990s. Closed in 1998 or 1999. Max’s / Key West / Castaways / The Dock, Ithaca, NY 31+ shows total. 23 at Max’s, 4 at Key West, 3 at Castaways, 1 at The Dock. Capacity: 300? IIRC, this place opened as the Salty Dog in 1972. It has closed and reopened multiple times. Max’s was open from around 1991 until June or July 1993. There were a ton of metal, punk, and college rock shows there while it was open. Key West opened a few months later and was more of a bar and less of a venue at first, but had some shows. I played there once. It closed in 1998, I think. It reopened as Castaways in fall 1999. I worked there from shortly after it opened until summer 2000. The 3 shows on my concert list were not while I was working. I also worked the door at a bunch of shows there. It closed a few years ago and was reopened as The Dock. The Dock closed as a music venue two or so years ago, and appears to be a pool hall now. No longer a music venue. Tazmanian Embassy, Binghamton, NY Including the 13 I played here, I’ve seen 26 shows here. Capacity: ?? This was a local bar in Binghamton. There was a stage against the wall where the front door was, and a bar on the left side wall if you were facing the stage (on the right as you walked in). They made their money during the day. They ran an all day happy hour (8-6), so it was where all the old drunks hung out during the day. There was also a kitchen and a decent lunch business. At night, the regulars would leave and there were shows. Mostly regional bands, but the occasional bigger touring act. Closed in the early 2000s. Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 19 shows. 18 of those were They Might Be Giants shows. Capacity: 650 One of the billion Bowery Presents venues. There is a downstairs lounge and a back bar upstairs behind the performance space. Sound is pretty good. Sightlines vary. We often stand at the back behind the soundboard because the room isn’t that big, and there’s a drink rail there. Honorable mention: State Theater of Ithaca, Ithaca, NY 17 shows, including 1 that I played. The most recent one was Mike Gordon 3 days ago. What’s interesting is looking at my show list and realizing how many venues that I’ve seen about 8 shows in. I’ve seen the most shows in Ithaca, Syracuse, and Buffalo. But in Ithaca, the shows are largely concentrated in 3 venues. In Buffalo, they’re spread over 12+ venues.