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The Lily Pad

The Lily Pad

1353 Cambridge St.
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Originally an art gallery that offered space for artists of all stripes to make and display their creative wares, the Lily Pad has evolved into one of Boston’s premiere venues for all things slightly left of center. Many of the most creative musicians coming out of the programs at Berklee College of Music or the New England Conservatory spend their off nights here developing their craft and jamming with other like-minded musicians.

All musical styles are represented here, where one might hear a string quartet, jazz trio and pop-rock ensemble all in the same evening. The space still functions as an art gallery, changing featured artists about once every month.

On Monday nights the Lily Pad hosts the Fringe, a legendary local jazz trio with a 30-year history whose members have become some of the most influential musicians of their generation.  Admittance to the Lily Pad is on a donation basis, and all proceeds go to the performers. No food or beverages are served and no alcohol is allowed on the premises.

The Lily Pad Information

  • Public Transportation: Reasonable (good bus access; 10 minute walk to nearest subway station)
  • Handicap Accessibility: Poor
  • Performances/Programs: Approximately 900 performances annually, often several groups perform each night
  • Ticket Prices: Suggested donation only (usually $5-$15).