386 Washington Street, Brookline Massachusetts
The POSTunderground derives its name from its location: the magical basement space at the Brookline Veterans Post. We will return there when it's safe to do so, but the Brookline community needs a gathering place right now, so the POSTunderground is reopening UPstairs for Summer 2021, in the exceptionally spacious first floor function hall! (Friday, June 25th through Sunday, September 5th.) Despite easing of restrictions, we continue to follow all protocols to ensure that UPstairs@POSTunderground is the safest jazz venue on earth. FRESH AIR is our top priority; all tables are distanced; take-a-number eliminates crowding at the bar; all musicians and staff are fully vaccinated; musicians and staff are masked as needed; see-through barriers separate audience and band. Oh yeah, and the music is FANTASTIC, the CASH BAR features VETERANS POST PRICES, and the $10 cover charge includes FREE FOOD, safely served!
Is it a postmodern multimedia event, a return to the days of yesteryear, or just a lame idea? You be the judge! Every Friday, the jazz quintet Dig, featuring Phil Grenadier, provides a live soundtrack for silent movies that have, on some level, a jazz sensibility. Music and film interact in fascinating ways, especially when improvisation is involved. Whether you remember the good old days before "talkies" (in which case you're dead) or you have your finger on the pulse of the latest trends, the Friday Jazz Drive In is sure to confuse you!
Let's be clear about one thing: Drive-ins were never a repository for high culture. Silent film selections for the Friday Jazz Drive In tend toward B movies, if that. Again, they only require the aforementioned jazz sensibility, whatever that means. Two shows nightly: 8 PM and 9:30 PM. $10 cover charge. You can stay for both shows if you wish. The movie stays the same, but the music changes.
Everyone talks about the Great American Songbook, but where do you go to actually hear it?
I will answer this largely rhetorical question literally. You go to UPstairs@POSTunderground, where you will discover your favorite songs from the golden age of American songwriting (Gershwin, Porter, Kern, etc.) being performed by the Moderna Jazz Quartet, free of charge, at the SAFEST JAZZ VENUE ON EARTH!
Unlike its original location in the basement, UPstairs@POSTunderground resides at street level, so there are no stairs to contend with and we provide an abundant supply of FRESH AIR. Once again, admission is free. So if you're overcome with nostalgia on a late Sunday afternoon, there's simply no reason NOT to head down to UPstairs@POSTunderground!
NOTE: The bar is closed on Sundays.
The great live jazz, free food, and reasonable drink prices are just the means to an end. The ultimate goal is to enrich the Brookline community by providing a gathering place open to one and all.