Haute Spots Boston: Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

There are many places in Boston to check out your favorite performing act when they come to town, but if you are looking for something special, head over to the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. Located right on the waterfront in the Seaport District, this open air pavilion offers an intimate venue for an up-close view of some of the biggest names in music. Past performers here include Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Counting Crows, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt and The Goo Goo Dolls.

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The acre-size circular amphitheater offers a nice selection of 500-person VIP tent for VIP season ticket holders that include box seats along with special parking and access to the private VIP club and even VIP party decks for private events.

Over the winter last year, Live Nation reinvested in the replacement of its signature white roof membrane fabric just in time for the opening of its Concert Series this year. (The first event to take place under the new tent was the Massachusetts College of Art & Design Commencement).

Since opening 17 years, the entertainment venue has become one of the most popular in town for an intimate seat at some of the year’s best concerts.

Blue Hills Bank PavilionPhoto Credit: Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is one of the city’s most popular outdoor amphitheaters and has hosted some of the city’s most memorable concerts, including last weekend’s popular end-of-summer Lynyrd Skynyrd concert.

Lynyrd SkynyrdPhoto Credit: Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

The property holds up to 5,000, guests (one of the largest in the area). Originally known as Harbor Lights, the venue later became associated with Bank of Boston and renamed Bank of Boston Pavilion. In 1996, the bank merged with BayBank and the name changed to BankBoston Pavilion. Live Nation purchased the venue in 1999 and sold the naming rights to FleetBoston. The venue was later renamed FleetBoston Pavilion, but would eventually change to Fleet Pavilion after the bank acquired Summit Bancorp and sold off several of its New England branches. When FleetBoston merged with Bank of America, the venue went through yet another name change and was then renamed Bank of America Pavilion. Two years ago, Blue Hills Bank won the naming rights for the waterfront amphitheater, and the venue was once again renamed to its current name – Blue Hills Bank PavilionTo us, but to all of us lifelong Bostonians, it will always remain Harbor Lights.

Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is located at 290 Northern Avenue in Boston.