Joseph Sater, Lilli Dennison, and Nabil Sater playing rock stars at the Middle East.
Nando Sistillio playing strongman at Centerfolds
The Lyons Group's Steve Coyle, Ray Montgomery, Mindy d'Arbeloff, and Eric Aulenback playing billiards at Kings.
The Dharma Group's Kevin Troy playing Texas Hold 'Em at Jillian's
> NIGHTCLUBS AND BARS (continued)
Rack caters to we civilians who get off on rubbing shoulders with
actors, athletes, and reality-television " celebrities. " Barclay is
also extremely generous in donating his facility and services for
events benefiting charitable causes, which is a huge plus in our book.
Boston Billiard Club
the leading national industry publication deems your pool hall the best
in the country, then you know you’re doing something right. Singleman
has built a small empire of Billiard Clubs throughout the Northeast,
with seven in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
has a rich history in Boston nightlife, which is all the more
impressive considering his young age. His family operates La Famiglia
Giorgio restaurants, he has had great success working as a nightclub
promoter, and now he owns and operates News, a fantastic restaurant and
lounge that stays open late. Giorgio’s connections ensure that all
manner of nightlife-industry people come to his joint to hang out and
have a good time.
takes a true player to overcome all the obstacles Beaulieu faced in
opening Rise, Boston’s only after-hours club. The club, which admits
members only, fills a late-night niche in providing night owls with a
safe (and alcohol-free) place to soak in the grooves provided by top
DJs. Beaulieu is an owner and the face of the club.
Stadium and the Junction
is a relatively new player on the local nightlife scene, but he’s come
in with a bang. Along with partner John McGrail, he owns the Junction
bar in South Boston, as well as the huge and gorgeous sports bar and
nightclub Stadium in the same neighborhood. These gentlemen have some
ambition in the nightlife realm, and we expect continued success from
them in the coming years.
Gillmore is admired far and wide not only for his success in the
nightclub industry (his Western Front club has been a Cambridge fixture
for decades), but also for his straightforward and caring personal
manner. If he weren’t so honest, Gillmore could have been a politician.
Joe and Steve Slesar
Boston Beer Works
brotherly kings of beer have sagely set up their Boston locations near
the FleetCenter and Fenway Park. Their fantastic beer is worth
traveling to, even in the off-season. They also own a Beer Works in
Soho and Sanctuary
matters. Anyone who thinks that every new club comes from the same
cookie-cutter model hasn’t visited Soho and Sanctuary, two of the
hottest nightspots in Boston.
Tonic, Black Rhino, Aqua, Joshua Tree, Beer Garden, the Playwright, and Sauce
about being a player — anyone who is in for a piece of seven nightclubs
definitely knows what it takes to get the job done. The fact that these
establishments are spread all over the city (Southie, downtown,
Somerville) makes Ascari’s influence all the more encompassing.
Park is the kind of upscale, sophisticated lounge that considerably ups
Boston’s hip quotient — the Whiskey Park brand is well-established
nationally as an " in " place to see, be seen, and party with class.
As GM, Passaretta is the man running the show at the Boston location,
in the Park Plaza Hotel.
Joseph Sater, Nabil Sater, Lilli Dennison
The Middle East
Middle East complex, which features the Upstairs and Downstairs rock
rooms, as well as ZuZu and the Corner Bakery, is the kind of club that
makes New Yorkers jealous. It’s hip, it’s efficient, and it’s one of
the best club complexes of its kind in the country. Everything from
top-notch international acts — in a wildly diverse array of genres — to
up-and-coming local bands to jazz to dance parties to belly-dancing
(and let’s not forget the great food) are on the menu each and every
night at the Middle East. The Sater brothers are not absentee owners,
either, as they can be seen at the club on most nights. Dennison, as
scenesters know, is the force behind ZuZu’s emergence as a destination
is not your sketchy uncle’s gentlemen’s club — it is a clean, nicely
designed, efficient business where no funny business is tolerated. It
is also one of the most fun places to spend a night out in all of
Boston. Sistillio is the man in charge.
Patrick Lyons, John Lyons, Mindy d’Arbeloff, Ed Sparks, Steve Coyle, Steve Adelman, Eric Aulenback, and Ray Montgomery
The Lyons Group
Lyons Group practically defines " nightlife players " in Boston. Its
holdings include Avalon, Axis, Embassy, the Modern, I/D, and Bill’s Bar
on Lansdowne Street; the restaurants Sonsie, Harvard Gardens, part of
Jasper White’s Summer Shacks, Lucky’s Lounge, and the Tiki Bar; the
entertainment emporium that is Kings and the deVille Lounge; Sophia’s
nightclub; and, in the Alley, the Big Easy, Sugar Shack, and Sweetwater
Café (obviously, we could have listed this group in the restaurant
category as well). These eight people are the engine that makes the
Lyons machine run smoothly. Their exact roles are as follows: Patrick Lyons, chairman/owner; John Lyons, VP of operations; Mindy d’Arbeloff, VP of public relations; Ed Sparks, CEO/owner; Steve Coyle, VP of operations; Steve Adelman, marketing director of Avalon/Embassy; Eric Aulenback, VP of operations; and Ray Montgomery, GM of Avalon, Axis, and Embassy.
As its name suggests (dharma
is the Buddhist way), the Dharma Group is very quietly one of the most
powerful and influential entertainment companies in the city. Jillian’s
Boston, Tequila Rain, Pravda 116, the Blue Cat Café, and La Boom are
among its local holdings. Across the country, the group owns 40
Jillian’s, a nightclub in Hollywood, and several bowling alleys. Look
for another such bowling alley, Lucky Strike Lanes, to open soon on the
third floor of Jillian’s Boston. Owner Kevin Troy is the local face
behind this group, while marketing director Tracy Wallace works the "
buzz " end of the business.
Dave Marsden, Jim Ahern, Don Law, and Maureen Ford
Law has been a Boston legend for decades, since his days of booking the
old Boston Tea Party (then Boston’s premier rock room) when he was only
26. Don Law Productions is now part of Clear Channel, where Law serves
as chair and co-CEO of the music division. Other key members of the
team are Dave Marsden, vice-president and talent buyer; Jim Ahern,
talent buyer; and Maureen Ford, vice-president of national venue sales.
president of MassConcerts, Peters is responsible for bringing a wide
variety of great music to different venues in New England. The company,
one of the top independent promoters in the country, brings a diverse
array of national acts to such venues as the Roxy, Lupo’s, the
Somerville Theatre, and more.
Planetary Group, Great Northeast Productions
is the president, co-founder, and co-owner of the Planetary Group, an
area promotions company that works with international, national, and
local music artists. One of his recent successes has been bringing
American bands to China — he has made 10 trips in the last 18 months
(and still sheepishly admits to speaking only 10 words of Chinese).
Lewis also works in partnership with Great Northeast Productions, the
company that throws the Phish extravaganzas each summer.
Mike Dreese and John Brusger
are a couple of retail guys on the list of nightlife players? Because
Newbury Comics has been a steadfast supporter of the local music scene
since the beginning. The shop stocks more local bands than any other
record store, and it employs its fair share of day-jobbing musicians.
President of Berklee College of Music
is a driving force behind our local music scene, as each and every
year, a plethora of young musicians comes to hone their skills at the
school. The clubs around Berklee take advantage of this incredible
resource by hiring some of these students to lay down the grooves for
their patrons. For its part, Berklee often employs established artists
like Gary Burton and Joe Lovano, which means that they play more gigs
in Boston as a result. In June, Roger H. Brown will take the reins from
the estimable Berk.
The Lyons Group
director of live-music operations and marketing for Lyons Group,
Marshall is a man who wears many hats. His street cred in the industry
has been firmly established by his 18 years at the Lyons Group
(including a long run directing Bill’s Bar), as well as by his
1988-2001 stint as owner and operator of Monolyth Record Group. His
current responsibilities include managing the live-music programs for
the Paradise, the Paradise Lounge, Avalon, and Axis. Marshall also acts
as liaison between his company and Clear Channel. In his spare time, he
works as an independent consultant to labels and artists.