[breaking news] The Sinclair in Cambridge delays opening to mid-November; nine shows relocated

Bowery Boston will announce later this afternoon that THE SINCLAIR, their 525-person Harvard Square live music venue and restaurant, will delay their opening more than two weeks to November 14 because of “unexpected construction delays.” That means the first official show at the newest rock club in Cambridge club will be with the Tennessee roots rock band Dirty Guv’Nahs and not the Meters with Page McConnell on Tuesday night.

Overall, the nine shows originally planned for the Sinclair between October 30 and November 12 have already found new venues, according to Josh Bhatti of Bowery Boston, including the Meters, which will now go down at Royale, the 775-person nightclub on Tremont Street in Boston that is also booked by Bowery. Bhatti said the opening delay became inevitable as the targeted October 30 opening date approached. “We could have cut corners and gotten it done, but once it’s finished, that’s the product,” Bhatti told the Phoenix this morning. “We don’t want to sacrifice the quality of the venue, so we had to move a couple of shows.”

Those gigs include moving Andrew Jackson Jihad's Halloween night show to Bowery-affiliated T. T. The Bear’s Place (now sold out due to the drop in capacity from 525 to 275), and shifting Converge’s November 12 show across the river to Royale. In fact, a majority of the shows affected have been moved from the Sinclair to Royale.

Garly Clark Jr.’s two-night stand at the Sinclair on November 2 and 3 has been condensed into one night at Royale on Friday, November 2. “Other than Gary Clark Jr., everything else was moved to a different venue on the same date; ultimately every show gets the same play,” Bhatti said.

The full announcement from Bowery is pasted below:

Dear Friends of The Sinclair,

From the entire team at The Bowery Presents: Boston, we are very sorry to report that due to unexpected construction delays, The Sinclair will not open on October 30th as we had anticipated. With that said, it is with great disappointment that we have to move or reschedule the following artist performances:

Tuesday, October 30, 2012: The Meter Men with Page McConnell has been moved to Royale. (More tickets have been made available and can be purchased online here.)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012: Andrew Jackson Jihad has been moved to TT the Bear’s.

Friday, November 2, 2012: Gary Clark Jr. has been moved to Royale on Friday, November 2. All tickets for both previously scheduled Friday and Saturday shows will be honored.

Saturday, November 3, 2012: Gary Clark Jr. has been rescheduled to Royale on November 2, 2012. All tickets to the November 3rd show will be honored at the Royale on the new date. Any refunds can be made at the point of purchase.

Sunday, November 4, 2012: K’naan has been moved to Royale.

Thursday, November 8, 2012: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour has been moved to Royale.

Friday, November 9, 2012: Roky Erickson has been moved to TT the Bear’s.

Sunday, November 11, 2012: Barefoot Truth has been moved to Royale.

Monday, November 12, 2012: Converge has been moved to Royale.

We look forward to welcoming The Dirty Guv’nahs as our first artist on Wednesday, November 14th. All existing tickets to the above Sinclair shows will be honored at their new respective venues.

If you have any questions we would be happy to hear from you. Please email us at

See you soon,

The Sinclair / The Bowery Presents: Boston

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