Beacon has long been a haven for artists and musicians alike, and because of this, there is no shortage of outstanding talent. This week, we’re featuring the best venues in town to both catch a show, and perform one.
If you’re out looking for some great live music in a laid back atmosphere, your first stop should be Quinn’s.
On a regular basis, and nearly nightly throughout the week, Quinn’s, a bar serving traditional Japanese fare in an unrenovated diner, hosts local established musicians, performing anything from grunge punk to classic jazz. Once, I even caught a man in a bear mask playing trombone. You really never know! But while the acts change nightly, the level of talent does not. Whatever your mood is, Quinn’s has the drink and the music to match it. Visit at 330 Main St, Beacon – we recommend the house sake, hot, and the purple sweet potato fries with curry dipping sauce!
A few other bars in town will often have music wafting from their walls, like Dogwood (47 E. Main St.) and Melzingah Taphouse (554 Main St.), and the Beacon Hotel Restaurant (424 Main St.), which, on warm summer nights, opens it’s large windows during shows- making for a comfortable, stylish spot.
Denning’s Point Distillery“
Another special place to catch music and, in our opinion, get the best cocktail in town is Denning’s Point Distillery (10 N. Chestnut St.)- which also touts a tasting room, with its full line of spirits (try any three for $5!). This venue hosts pop-up events like Blues Jams, local bands and dance parties, and offers a bar of super tasty signature cocktails. If you happen to hear some music coming from around the corner of Rite Aid next time you’re walking down Main St., follow it! Denning’s Point never disappoints.
The Towne Crier Cafe
The only place in town to catch a large venue act along with a three course meal is the 170+ seat Towne Crier Cafe, which moved to Beacon five years ago after 23 successful years in Pawling. After so much time, the Towne Crier has become a Hudson Valley staple for musicians of all ages. At their Monday and Wednesday evening Open Mics, singer/songwriters as young as 10, and well into their 70’s, turn out to share their passion and talent. With no obligation to participate in order to attend, the Towne Crier’s Open Mic is the greatest free show in town! The mic is absolutely open to, and encouraging of, amateurs… so dust off that ukulele and give the spotlight a shot. Everyone has a song to sing! The Towne Crier has a full bar, as well as a restaurant seating area with small stage, and a large concert venue with dining seating. Visit them for an open mic any Monday or Wednesday at 379 Main St – sign up starts at 6!
Beacon Music Factory
For those of you who don’t feel musically inclined but have always had the itch, the Beacon Music Factory has your solution. BMF offers boot camps for music enthusiasts, teaching the attendees an entire album of the band of their choosing (past camps have included Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cream, Oasis, U2 and Santana) and then concluded with a live performance of the album! It’s a pretty cool experience for those in the band, of course, and just as cool to be an audience member, seeing your friends be rockstars. Check out their website for more information about bootcamps and private instrument lessons at BeaconMusicFactory.com