Lately I've been thinking about where else in the Boston area might be a good place for Vienna to play. Don't get me wrong - Club Passim is a nice cozy, intimate venue, and as a non-profit with a long history of supporting new, independent music, they're definitely an organization worthy of patronage. But it only has room for 125, and Vienna easily can (and has) sold out two shows per night there. I'm sure she'd appreciate a larger place where she would only have to play one set.
But where? The Paradise Lounge, where she played with the Modern Troubadours, isn't much bigger (only holds about 150, I think), and they don't have enough chairs for everybody. The Somerville Theatre, where she opened for Marc Cohn last year, would be an ideal venue for a headlining show someday, but there may still be some question as to whether she's "big enough" yet for their 900-seat auditorium. I've been trying to think of a place sized between those two, which regularly hosts music shows and would be in or close enough to the city so that enough people would go. (Being close to the MBTA subway system wouldn't hurt, either...) There don't seem to be many places that fit those criteria, but I did think of one:
Remis Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts is best known as home to an excellent independent film series, as well as many lectures. But they also host a music series with a wide range of acts, from baroque to world music and even some indie rock. cinematreasures.org states a capacity of 380, which would seem to be a good size for what Vienna currently draws in this area. I have no idea how they do their booking, but it's certainly worth considering.
Anyone else in Boston know of other venues that would be a good fit?