Legendary Boston After Hours Nightclub To Close Doors After 15 Years

April 17th, 2015


As many New Englanders know, once bars and clubs shut their doors at 2am, there’s not much to do in Boston – unless you go to Rise, the city’s very own after hours club. Located only a few blocks from Boston Common, Rise has been letting anyone 18+ dance until dawn since opening the doors in 1998. With such a long history, it’s no surprise that numerous giants have graced the decks; previous headliners include Behrouz, Carl Craig, Chus & Ceballos, Claude VonStroke, Damian Lazarus, Danny Tenaglia, Deep Dish, Derrick Carter, Destructo, Dubfire, Gabriel & Dresden, Heatbeat, Infected Mushroom, John Dalhback, Josh Wink, Justin Martin, Kyau & Albert, Lee Burridge, Max Graham, Orchard Lounge, Paco Osuna, Richie Hawtin, Roger Sanchez, Ronski Speed, Sander Kleinenberg, Savoy, Scuba, Sharooz, Switch, TyDi, Udachi, Victor Calderone, Wolfgang Gartner and many, many more (see the full list here). Needless to say, if you listen to electronic music and you live in the greater Boston area, you’ve been to Rise.
Unfortunately for all those who like to dance until late, Rise announced that it will be closing it doors at the end of April:


“It is with great mixed emotion to announce that RISE will be closing for good at the end of April 2015. As many of you know, our lease expired several years ago and we have been open since on borrowed time.

It’s been an amazing run of over 16 years which is rare in the club business and even rarer for a club that never served a drop of alcohol. I would like to personally thank and mention Alan Pottak who not only helped finance the RISE sound system when we ran out of money in the beginning, but also installed, maintained, tuned and repaired it over the years keeping it as good as new to this day.

It wasn’t easy in the least, but Myself, Darrin, Mike and the entire RISE staff are very proud of what we delivered each week. As for Mike Swells, without him, RISE would have closed a few years ago when Darrin and I moved to Brooklyn. Mike is the reason it kept going and he deserves a big thank you from all.

With that said, we have an amazing 2 months of closing parties planned which begin this very weekend. Part 1 of those parties are in March and Part 2 are in April (announced soon). I know I speak for the entire RISE staff (past and present) when I say how much we all appreciate each and every one of you who come and dance and socialize in the wee hours of the night in the sleepy town called Boston.”


After a long and accomplished road, Rise is officially closing it’s doors with a well-suited final hoorah. Check out Rise’s upcoming closing parties below and come out to support the club in its final days.


4/17: Jerome Isma-Ae

4/18: Victor Calderone

4/24: Tommie Sunshine, Tittsworth

4/25: Danny Tenaglia



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Electric Shepherdess was born out of my frustration with nightlife options and a constant desire to dance. After a few years of adoration from afar, I partnered with my long-time friends, MASS EDMC, to spread our message far and wide. When I'm not tending to my flock, I'm writing, dancing, editing, managing, reading or curating. I believe in fancy hats and enjoy glitter, disco and lazers, often for days.

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