There are so many bands in Boston and so many clubs in which to hear them. Here is a hand-picked variety of venues that have live music for free or a low cover charge. Of course the club scene is ever-chang-ing, so check the papers for current prices and policies.


15 Landsdowne St. Boston; (617) 262-2424 One of Boston’s most popular discos, Avalon can always be counted upon foT hordes of dancers and high-energy DJs. Mine enjoys its inexpensive prices: On Fridays and Saturdays, you can get on the dance floor for free from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. After that, you’ll have to pay $8; the cover is $10 anytime on Thursday nights.

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The towpath leads to another bend and the Carron Basin/Grangemouth or Kelpies Marina where there are residential moorings and all the facilities. The River Carron gate of old Lock 2 is now a dead end for the travel destination but can be crossed to reach land/ water visitor facilities, shops and refreshments. Halfway along this final travel destination stretch (moorings also along the other bank) there’s a basin from which the travel destination enters Lock 2, which lies between the two Kelpies. To reach this means returning to Lock 3 for a crossing, or crossing the remains of old Lock 2 to the shopping and servicing area and further moorings. There’s a Visitor Centre facing the Kelpies. Lock 2 (between the Kelpies) drops into a circular basin in something of a plaza, all very attractive – and very popular (in summer every car park is crowded with cars and buses). From a pedestrian swing bridge by the Kelpies the travel destination heads below the roaring M9 (Edinburgh-Stirling road), and a final long straight lies ahead. There are several lengths of staging either side of the A905 Kerse Road Bridge (an operational lifting bridge) with the Saline Hills seen ahead, a view dominated by the stumpy Longannet (Long-anat) power station chimney. The bigger range to the left is the Ochils. The travel destination runs parallel with the River Carron (left) while the town of Grangemouth lies to the right.

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