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Posted by PR Lab, guest blogger of Boston University

 “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”- Plato
Whether we are working out, trying to uplift our mood, putting our dance shoes on, or simply passing time, music plays an essential role in our lives. For anyone visiting or living in Massachusetts, this blog offers music lovers (of all genres) options on the best venues and upcoming concerts in Massachusetts to get in the groove. Home to some of the best music schools in the world and a diverse music scene, Massachusetts presents a variety of places, artists, and events for music lovers to choose from.
Genre: Country

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Where to Hear it
The Country Music Ranch & Saloon, Worcester: A saloon with five bars and a huge dance floor, you are guaranteed to hear country music at all times.
Loretta’s Last Call, Boston: A southern pub in Boston that features live bands playing new and classic country music.

  • LOOK OUT FOR Luke Brian in Foxborough on July 15

Genre: Folk

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Where to Hear it
Club Passim, Cambridge: This American folk music joint provides customers with a mix of great food and live performances.
Hedge House Lawn, Plymouth: Enjoy breezy summer nights outdoors watching indie and folk artists perform.
Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley: A multipurpose facility with the options to dine-in, attend concerts, and host events.

  • LOOK OUT FOR Bob Dylan in Boston on July 14

Genre: Hip-Hop and RnB
hip hop

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Where to Hear it
City Bar, Boston: With two locations in Boston, this classy cocktail bar is the perfect place to lounge in and enjoy upbeat music.
MiddleSex Lounge, Cambridge: Get your dance on at this entertaining lounge and dance club. The in-house DJs are known to play exactly what the crowd is in mood for.

  • LOOK OUT FOR Beyonce in Foxborough on June 3.

Genre: Alternative Rock

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Where to Hear it
Paradise Rock Club, Boston: Another popular concert venue in Boston, Paradise Rock Club hosts many of the finest artists visiting Massachusetts.
Toad, Cambridge: A cozy spot to listen to live alternative rock music and enjoy good food and drinks.
Bull McCabe’s, Somerville: This pub’s specialty lies in its fresh food and weekly schedule of music events.

  • LOOK OUT FOR Coldplay in Foxborough on July 30.

Genre: Rock

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Where to Hear it
Great Scott, Allston: Always crowded on the weekend, this lounge consists of a huge dance floor and has a series of events centered around rock music.
Thunder Road Music Club & Rock n’ Roll Bistro, Somerville: This music venue features rock concerts, a dance floor, and all the perks of a fine-dine restaurant.

  • LOOK OUT FOR Guns N’ Roses in Foxborough on July 19

Genre: Jazz

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Where to Hear it
Wally’s Café, Boston: Well-liked by many Berklee students in Boston, this café has sweet sounding jazz and blues jam sessions.
Opus, Salem: Not only does this pub have mouth-watering dishes, but the music scene is constantly changing from jazz, to funk, to hip-hop.
Stonewood Tavern, Peabody: Daily live bands with upbeat music, delicious American cuisine, and a suitable drinks menu. Need I say more?

  • LOOK OUT FOR Gary Clark in Boston on August 31

Music Festivals
music festivals

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Boston Calling, Boston: This student-favorite takes place every summer at City Hall and features three days of live performances. This year it will take place on May 27-29 and will feature Sia, Disclosure, Haim, and more.
Tanglewoood, Lenox: The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra features a summer of classical, folk, and pop performances. This year will feature Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan, and James Taylor, among others.

  • LOOK OUT FOR FreshGrass Festival 2016 in North Adams on September 16