North Attleboro, Massachusetts
May 19, 2006
Now, parking is expensive. They say that there is discount parking on their website but I didn't see a thing. Lupo's is in a good area in Providence. It is located among the theater district area. However, it was confusing with the sign in the window saying be back in 5 minutes and a guy at the door not bothering to give information to us shmucks waiting at the window.
After looking at the bouncer/door guy, I realized he looked more out of place than I did, but I ventured on. They had my tickets at the desk and proceeded to get my bracelet for "adult beverages." The woman (I think) was sort of scary. With her hot pink hair and shaved in strategic side patterns, she gruffly gave me my bracelet once she checked my ID. I noticed that the 21+ line was shorter than the "other" line. But I plugged on.
Inside the stage is about 100 feet from the door. There are stairs that lead up to the upper mezzanine. The mezzanine loops around the stage, 90% of the venue is standing room. There are a few couches and some tables and bar stools. They were relatively clean but still had a decent view of the stage even when people are standing around you. There are three bars—one on each side to your left and right and one in the middle. Prices were more expensive than I would have thought, a mixed drink and a beer cost me $11.
The sound system was rough with some high pitched squeals going off regularly. The back of the venue (or really where you walked in from) is where they set up shops for merchandise. Lupo's has several named and many more no-named bands that come regularly.
If you are in Providence for a few days and not too sure what you want to do, Lupo's is a good place to check out some live music. Their website is great to find out what is coming up. www.lupos.com
Overall, this place is good to see live music. You have to get past a few idiosyncrasies but it's a pretty good place to check out as a side venture.
From journal Providence: A Revamped City