Your Live Music Guru
Fally Afani, editor and founder of the music journalism project I Heart Local Music, is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 15 years in media. From her home in Lawrence, she reports on local and touring musicians and enjoys photographing families, live events, concerts, conferences, and her daughters. She is a champion of the area’s vibrant, colorful, and progressive music community—and eager to share these riches with guests and visitors.
Fally's 5 Top Spots for Music
What it’s known for: Day in and day out, the Granada is bringing a range of national acts into Lawrence while also hosting some of the city’s biggest local music events.
Why she loves it: Recently, the venue has been hosting a series of free, outdoor community concerts known as “Live on Mass” events (named after downtown’s central street, Massachusetts Street, where the block party concerts are held).
Insider tip: Follow the Granada’s twitter account for chances to win free tickets.
What it’s known for: This restored historic one-room schoolhouse is an event space that happens to host some of the city’s most innovative, all-ages musical concerts.
Why she loves it: It’s a really good, all-ages DIY venue for local and regional shows.
Insider Tip: Look for posters around town to see if your trip coincides with a White Schoolhouse event.
LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS
What it’s known for: Love Garden is best known for its quality, eclectic collection of LPs (new releases and bargain used selections).
Why she loves it: Browse through the stacks, ask the staff to lend you some earphones to sample tunes and enjoy the selections from the in-house DJ.
Insider Tip: There are the occasional album-release concerts at Love Garden—and if your visit overlaps with one of them, be sure to attend.
What it’s known for: A small venue with a huge reputation. This is a bar with an emphasis on live musical performances on the outdoor patio stage.
Why she loves it: It’s a place where musicians go to hear other musicians; a place for legendary late-night performances as well as family-friendly weekend afternoon concerts.
Insider Tip: Home to one of the city’s biggest karaoke nights.
What it’s known for: A combined arts cinema theater and movie rental shop, Liberty Hall’s historic stage has also hosted some of the largest national acts to come through town—ever, from Susan B. Anthony and Oscar Wilde to Janelle Monáe and Billy Corgan.
Why she loves it: It’s a Lawrence institution. This is the quintessential Lawrence concert space.
Insider Tip: Fresh Free State beer is on tap in the concession room.