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Tour Boston's Rock & Roll Past & Present

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 13 reviews.Boston, United States

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Experience hosted by Matt

90 mins
Includes equipment
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Explore Boston’s rock and roll past and present on a walking tour through Boston’s Fenway and Back Bay neighborhoods. Visit the sites of legendary venues like the Rat, Storyville, and the Boston Tea Party - The Velvet Underground’s favorite place to play in the whole country! Learn how pioneering DJs, producers, and educators sparked a revolution in how music was transmitted, recorded and taught. Trace Boston’s impact on the careers of iconic artists like B.B. King, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, New Edition, The Cars, Nirvana, Pixies, Aimee Mann, Radiohead, Tracy Chapman, Peter Wolf, Van Morrison, Jonathan Richman and more.

* Hear tales from the Rat, the cavernous Kenmore Square breeding ground for numerous Punk and New Wave bands in the 70s and 80s
* Examine Boston's impact on the Folk Revival in the 60s
* Stroll down Fenway's lively Lansdowne Street, home to the House of Blues and several former clubs like the Avalon, Axis and Metro
* Discover the locations of storied venues like the Boston Tea Party, Catacombs, and Venus De Milo (the location of Radiohead's first show in the US)
* Marvel at Boston rock memorabilia from the David Beiber Archives at the Verb Hotel
* Visit world-renowned musical institutions with stops at Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory
Explore Boston’s rock and roll past and present on a walking tour through Boston’s Fenway and Back Bay neighborhoods. Visit the sites of legendary venues like the Rat, Storyville, and the Boston Tea Party - The Velvet Underground’s favorite place to play in the whole country! Learn how pioneering DJs, producers, and educators sparked a revolution in how music was transmitted, recorded and taught. Trace Boston’s impact on the careers of iconic art…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Hand Sanitizer
From $30
/ person

Meet your host, Matt

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 13 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am local musician in Boston and owner of Soundscape Tours (www.soundscape-tours.com) I moved here in 2007 to join a band and have played in some of the best (and dingiest) venues in town! I believe the best way to experience a city is through its music. My goal is to promote Boston’s music scene through celebrating the city’s significant impact on jazz, folk, and rock and roll in the 20th century. Whether you’re a longtime resident or visitor, I hope my tour inspires you to check out Boston bands and support live music in Boston and beyond.
I am local musician in Boston and owner of Soundscape Tours (www.soundscape-tours.com) I moved here in 2007 to join a band and have played in some of the best (and dingiest) venues in town! I believe the best way to experience a city is through its music. My goal is to promote Boston’s music scene through celebrating the city’s significant impact on jazz, folk, and rock and roll in the 20th century. Whether you’re a longtime resident or visitor, I hope my tour inspires you to check out Boston…
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Where you'll be

Beginning at Nuggets Records, we will trace Kenmore Square’s musical legacy before winding our way around iconic Fenway Park. We will stop at the Verb Hotel to admire Boston rock and roll memorabilia and continue through America's oldest Victory Gardens to the Bebop Pub. We will walk approximately 1.5 miles in total.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 13 reviews.

Kelly
March 2020
I would highly recommend this tour! I gifted this tour to my bf for Christmas as we are newer to the Boston area and he has a passion for music. Matt did not disappoint - he was insightful and was able to share interesting facts! Just what I was hoping for
I would highly recommend this tour! I gifted this tour to my bf for Christmas as we are newer to the Boston area and he has a passion for music. Matt did not disappoint - he was in…
Bob
March 2020
Fascinating tour through the little known rock history of Boston, creatively brought to life by Matt’s storytelling approach, “soundscaping” musical clips, research, and passion for the subject.
George
October 2019
Matt is extremely knowledgeable in his history of rock and Boston, and you can see the enthusiasm in his voice when he tells it to you. Great tour of historic locations around Fenway and Back Bay, and allowed us to visit places we never thought to go in before (and we live in Boston). Highly recommended tour that isn’t your typical historic tour of Boston.
Matt is extremely knowledgeable in his history of rock and Boston, and you can see the enthusiasm in his voice when he tells it to you. Great tour of historic locations around Fenw…
Carla
October 2019
I had a very fun time on this tour! Matt is a treasure trove of rock 'n roll triva - my kinda guy!
Kelsey
October 2019
Matt was a super knowledgeable host! He gave us a really interesting look at how Boston played a part in the careers of some of the best jazz, folk, punk, and rock and roll artists. It was a reasonable amount of walking through some scenic parts of Boston. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to learn more about Boston’s musical history!
Matt was a super knowledgeable host! He gave us a really interesting look at how Boston played a part in the careers of some of the best jazz, folk, punk, and rock and roll artists…
Rebecca
October 2019
Matt conveys a ton of music history that we had never heard of (and we live not too far away, but it turns out don’t know much about Boston music history!). The content was well-curated and interesting. Great for tourists or people who live locally. Excellent walking tour of Boston sites too in Fenway/Back Bay. Thanks, Matt!
Matt conveys a ton of music history that we had never heard of (and we live not too far away, but it turns out don’t know much about Boston music history!). The content was well-cu…

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    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

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    Guest requirements

    Up to 4 guests ages 13 and up can attend.

    More tips

    *The tour covers approximately 1.5 miles
    *With the exception of the Verb Hotel, the tour will be outside
    *Pets are not permitted (except service animals)
    *Drinks not included

    What to bring

    Good Walking Shoes

    Water