While mouths happily munch on meals at dinnertime, ears are left with nothing to chew on but the sounds of clinking silverware and the distant roar of ghost cannons. Satisfy stomachs or sonic-receivers with today's Groupon to Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant & Music Club, located in Somerville. Choose from two options:
- For $10, you get a $50 door-fee card, applicable to any concert at Johnny D's until September 23.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of food and drink at Johnny D's.
Family owned and operated since 1969, Johnny D's has hosted some of the music industry's biggest names in its intimate, 300-person venue, with past performers such as the Dixie Chicks, Levon Helm, Widespread Panic, and Wilco gracing the stage. Upcoming performers include Fab Four tribute band Beatlejuice on July 17, and a Real School of Music student showcase on July 1, featuring keyboardist Greg Hawkes of The Cars performing a set of the band's classic tunes. Each concert has a cash cover charge at the door, and advanced tickets are available for some shows. With this deal's door-fee card, you'll get access to $50 worth of Johnny D's shows, allowing you to draw inspiration from seasoned musicians for your long-in-the-works Wade Boggs rock opera.
Live music is just half the appeal of Johnny D's; the other 68 percent is its food. Johnny D's serves up delicious American eats throughout the week. The dinner menu dazzles with rosemary chicken breast ($15.50), fried catfish ($15.99), and a portobello-mushroom-topped garden burger ($9.95) on tap. Patrons can guarantee a seat for the evening entertainment with a dinner reservation prior to the show (a $10 minimum food purchase is required, and the cover charge will be collected at showtime). For Boston-area banqueters, however, Johnny D's weekend jazz brunch reigns supreme. Feast on french toast and eggs ($8.99) as you piece together the events of the previous night's slam-poetry jam, or opt for a bowl of oatmeal ($2.95) while laughing at the flaws in the logic of the modern Laplacian theory. A live jazz guitarist accompanies the a.m. appetite appeasement.
This Frommer's Exceptional Destination scores good reviews from Zagat and Time Out Boston. Citysearchers and more than 200 Yelpers give it an average of four stars. TripAdvisors rate an average of 3.5, and 85% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
- This family-owned and -operated establishment is one of the best places in the area for live music. You'll kick yourself if you don't at least check the lineup while you're in town. Johnny D's draws a congenial, low-key crowd for acts on international tours as well as artists who haven't been out of eastern Massachusetts. – Frommer's
- During the 1970s this was one of the area's most important country and western clubs, and it remains one of the best places to hear Americana. – Time Out Boston
- Jazz brunch is divine. The portions are enormous, so be sure you don't fill up on the cup of oatmeal at the beginning. I can't recommend any one specific item on the menu because I haven't had anything at Johnny D's that hasn't been great. – Heather B., Yelp
- Johnny D's is a multi-faceted beast, a two-headed dragon or maybe a two-faced jackal if you will. It's got brunch going on and it's got live music as well. – Matt J., Yelp