Boston Band Tall Heights Tell Us Their Top 7 Places to Visit Back Home
Before singing on Conan or playing at One World Trade's Observatory, indie-folk duo Tall Heights began by busking on the streets of Boston. Singer/guitarist Tim Harrington and singer/cellist Paul Wright, who recently signed with major label Sony Music Masterworks and have been touring to promote their latest album Neptune, spent countless hours testing out a full-bodied evocative sound in Faneuil Hall Marketplace. We caught up with the band on the phone last week to talk about their favorite eats, hikes, and hidden music halls to visit when they go back to Boston. Scroll through to check out their top seven picks.
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Dave's Fresh Pasta
Dave's Fresh Pasta is always high on Tall Heights's list of restaurant spots to visit back at home. “I worked there for like 18 months, so I’ve had it all. That was my day job before I quit and hit the road," said singer/guitarist Harrington. He named the Caprese sandwich with prosciutto as his favorite dish on the menu. "It’s super good on foccacia—toasted." The pasta joint also features a specialty market, wine tastings, and private cooking classes.
81 Holland Street, Davis Square, Somerville, MA; davesfreshpasta.com
One of the band's favorite dinner spots in Boston is Highland Kitchen in Somerville. "I have no idea what I’d get [from the menu] because it’s all so frickin’ good. But, while I’m there I might get the Catfish Po’ Boy or the Black Bean Burger," Harrington said. Highland Kitchen is partnering with The People's Karaoke to throw their fourth annual Halloween Karaoke Costume Bash this Sunday, Oct., 30 at 10:30 p.m. Check back on their website regularly for updated "Weekly Goings On!" year-round.
150 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA; highlandkitchen.com
Fresh Pond Reservation
Check out Fresh Pond Reservation on the border of Cambridge for a laid-back walk along the trails through forest greenery, meadows, and wetlands. "I used to jog around there. It’s nice on a fall or summer afternoon—great place just to walk, especially if you have a dog," said Harrington.
250 Fresh Pond Pkwy, Cambridge, MA; cambridgema.gov
Lizard Lounge and Club Passim
Snag tickets to mini music venues like Club Passim (formerly Club 47) and Lizard Lounge in Harvard Square. Passim was one of the first venues to feature African American Blues artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Jackie Washington. Bob Dylan also got his start at the Club playing between acts before becoming one of the most influential singer/songwriters in the world. Tall Heights suggest walking around the Square before hitting a show for the full experience.
Middlesex Fells Reservation
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Head to Faneuil Hall Marketplace, a major tourist hub of the Boston area to see various street performances. “We spent so many hours street performing there and sweating our butts off [in the summertime]. If you’re in town for a day and you want to see some outdoor street theater—whether it’s music, juggling, or variety acts like escape artists or break-dancers—you can head down to Faneuil Hall and check that out,” Harrington said. Tall Heights began busking on the streets of the Marketplace back in 2010 before releasing their 2015 EP Holding On, Holding Out.
4 South Market Building, 5th Floor, Boston, MA; faneuilhallmarketplace.com