CQ moves into TT the Bear’s

Autochrome christened the new era of booking at T.T. the Bear’s Place last night.

First there was Chowder Quake Productions, now there’s CQ Presents. But there was an awful lot of great music in between — and plenty more to come —  as CQ marked its official takeover at T.T. the Bear’s last night with a free show featuring local art-pop band Autochrome.

OK, so back to the beginning. In 2004, when Carl Lavin took over Great Scott’s music booking, transforming the sports bar into a nationally recognized indie rock venue, he called his new venture Chowder Quake Productions.

“I got it from an Onion piece where this lady was going on about how amazing her soups are. She said,  ‘This soup’s like a g—damn chowder quake.’ I stuck with it,” he laughs.

Last winter, however, when Lavin united with former Mass Concerts talent buyer Josh Smith, the name underwent some modification.

“When I went with Josh I told him we’ll have to call it Chowder Quake Presents and he said, ‘OK, let’s compromise,’” Lavin laughs.

 So CQ Presents was born, and apart from booking Great Scott’s and sister venue O’Brien’s, CQ coordinates shows at the Middle East and Royale. When T.T.’s longtime booker Randi Millman retired this fall, CQ was asked to come on board.

“We said yes. It was a no-brainer,” says Lavin. As he sees it, any conflict of interest is negated by T.T.’s bigger size.

“Someone was going to do it and they would have been competing with Great Scott, so we may as well bring it into the family. What’s good for TT’s will be good for Great Scott.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Hillary Clinton headed to Boston for women's leadership…

Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to visit Massachusetts Wednesday amid continuing speculation about making another bid for the presidency in 2016.

Local

Boston Marathon: Marathoners ready to run, honor victims

Scores of runners will cross the Boston Marathon starting line in Hopkinton Monday and embark on a 26.2-mile journey to Boston in honor of the victims.

Local

MIT student, Rhodes scholar, dies

Eliana Hechter, a student at MIT and Harvard, died, her family said. The announcement was posted on MIT's website.

Local

Video: Car crashes into Cambridge store, man arrested…

A Cambridge man was arrested on gun and drug charges after crashing his car into a Massachusetts Avenue storefront early Saturday morning.

Television

'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

The Word

Miley Cyrus cancels more dates, tweeting from hospital

Miley Cyrus is reportedly so sick that she's had to postpone more tour dates. We know this because she has been sitting in a hospital…

NHL

NHL video highlights: Bruins smack down Red Wings…

NHL video highlights: Bruins smack down Red Wings in Game 2

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox defeat Orioles, 4-2

Brock Holt the difference in the Red Sox' win

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.