Until 2004 the Logan Square Auditorium was used primarily as a banquet hall for weddings and private birthday parties, with the occasional Empty Bottle-sponsored event. Since then, the acoustics have improved, and the ratio has flip-flopped. Now it's hard to find a night without a line of people wrapping around the Banco Popular next door.
The music lineup is eclectic, to say the least, and the venue morphs to fit the performers. The space itself is on the second floor, an enormous ballroom with salmon-pink walls covered in ornate moulding. A small balcony hangs above the heads of concert-goers, but it's unclear who you have to know to get up there. The less hectic shows will sometimes have seating, while the more movement-intensive performances will be every concert-goer for himself. A full bar is tucked into the rear corner of the space, though if you've already claimed some up-front real-estate, you probably won't want to give it up.
The Empty Bottle still sponsors shows at the LSA, along with a few other promoters, and the lineup of indie-rock and experimental artists is largely similar to the Western Avenue original (with a little bit of everything else sprinkled in, of course). Acts like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists will pack the kids in from out of town, so it helps to be tall. The space can accommodate most types of music pretty easily, so your enjoyment is really in the performers' hands. If you had a bad time, your beef is with the band, not the Logan Square Auditorium.
Centerstage Reviewer: Mac McCormick