CQ moves into TT’s

Autochrome christens the new era of booking at T. T. the Bear's Place on Tuesday 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 marks its official takeover at T.T. the Bear’s, on Tuesday night, with a free show featuring local art pop band Autochrome.

OK, so back to the beginning then. 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 goddamn 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.”

When Lavin first got involved with band promotion, he was a sales administrator at MetLife insurance.

“They were really cool about it, they just said, ‘Just don’t go crazy with the printer making the flyers.’ I can only imagine the difference in the toner budget when I left.”
 
CQ Presents Kick Off Party
With Autochrome and DJ Mike the Considerate
Tuesday, 7 p.m.
T.T. the Bear’s Place
10 Brookline St., Cambridge
MBTA: Red Line to Central
Free, 21+, 617-492-2327.
www.ttthebears.com



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.