Best of Boston

2006 Best Club for Live Music, Large

Paradise Rock Club

The Police and U2 are tough acts to follow. But night after night at the Paradise, musicians take the very same stage where those greats once played. The three-level venue hosts both nationally recognized acts (Kings of Leon, Jack Johnson) and local up-and-comers (the Slip, Apollo Sunshine) piping their performances through a booming, second-to-none sound system made for big bass, pounding percussion, and fierce vocals.

969 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-562-8800,