Announcing a Noise Floor print sale to benefit Great Scott
Hang some Great Scott memories on your wall and raise some funds for the GS and O’Brien’s staff.
It’s been a week since the news broke that Allston’s beloved Great Scott wasn’t planning on reopening its doors in the wake of COVID-19, and to say that the local music community has expressed its anguish would be an grand understatement. We shared stories and mourned together, but we also set off calls to action that included a letter-writing campaign and a petition that’s gathered over 20,000 signatures urging decision-makers to protect local venues and give Great Scott a chance to stay.
Great Scott has meant a great deal to me over the years. You’ll find no shortage of galleries shot there on the pages of this blog and elsewhere that I work (my exact count is somewhere in the neighborhood of 130), and it’s impossible to overstate how important this room was in finding my way into the Boston music community. I saw so many of my favorite local bands here for the first time, headlining their own shows or thoughtfully picked as openers. Great Scott was truly the nexus of the local and national scenes in Boston – a place where a super-sold-out gig by an up-and-coming touring artist could sit comfortably next to an Allston Pudding showcase on the calendar. Moreover, it was a welcoming, inclusive and friendly destination to see live music – the place I always felt most at home shooting bands and hanging out with the friends I’d inevitably run into at every show.
The situation continues to unfold, and while I’m personally hopeful that Great Scott or a space like it will someday grace the corner of Comm. Ave. and Harvard again, the fact remains that the employees that help make GS (and its sibling venue, O’Brien’s Pub) so special need our help now as both clubs remain shuttered.
With all that in mind, I decided to gather up some of my favorite Great Scott memories and offer a select set of prints for sale, with the profits to be donated directly to the GoFundMe benefitting the staff. Options are below, with more hopefully to come pending artist approval. Click a photo for the link to the individual order page or browse the whole collection here.
If there’s a specific image from my GS archives you’d like to purchase instead, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to accommodate.