Maplewood’s Focal Point sets a record

The Focal Point can now say it ranks — in one way — with Strange Donuts and Side Project Brewing. It had a line around the block.

After 42 years as a venue for folk (and related) music, Maplewood’s Focal Point, on Sutton Boulevard, set a record at its July 28 show with singer/songwriter Chris Smither.

The show sold out four and a half months in advance — that’s the record. More Chris Smither shows would have sold out too, but just one was planned. There has been talk Smither might return next summer for multiple shows.

The line for the Chris Smither show reached Marietta Avenue well before the show, on July 28.



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