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Lansdowne St., old Aerosmith apt. lay foundation for Boston Music Trail

Aerosmith’s old Allston apartment and the popular music area of Lansdowne Street in the Fens are just a two of the planned stops on the Boston Music Trail, a new cultural initiative launched by the Music Museum of New England.

The House of Blues will soon accompany other historical music landmarks in Boston as part of the Music Museum of New England’s Boston Music Trail. PHOTO BY GRACE WILSON/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

The music trail, which is expected to include sites within the greater Boston area, will lead residents and tourists through a series of locations important to musical history within Boston and the nation, said Harry Sandler, co-founder of the MMONE.

“We have identified at least a dozen sites that we think play a huge part in the music world here in Boston,” he said. “We have been adding up content of about 500 artists, venues, DJs and others that have had a big influence on the music scene here.”

The Boston Music Trail has been about four years in the making and was announced to the public after the Nov. 5 free Aerosmith concert in Allston, Sandler said.

“We started working with Aerosmith on the location and their performance about three to four years ago,“ he said. “They thought it was a fantastic idea.”

Sandler said the planning process of the trail is ongoing and could not estimate a date of completion.

The City of Boston honored the apartment building where Aerosmith band members lived in the 1970s, 1325 Commonwealth Ave., before their concert on Nov. 5.

The next site to be commemorated will be Lansdowne Street, home to The House of Blues as well as many other clubs, Sandler said.

Jay Anderson, marketing and public relations coordinator for The House of Blues, would not comment on the trail as the site has yet to be made official.

Funding for the music trail comes from the Music Drives Us Foundation, a New England nonprofit foundation that supplies grants for music programs.

“This is a project that came to Music Drives us over four years ago, and we are honored to be a part of it,” said Music Drives Us Executive Director Carla Tardif.

The public can propose additional commemorative locations on MMONE’s website.

Kristine Sessa, the Boston University School of Music Curriculum librarian, said there were many potential sites for the trail, including Symphony Hall and the Hatch Memorial Shell.

Sessa said she was concerned about how well the trail would commemorate the classical music scene that exists throughout the Hub.

“If anything, I’ve witnessed a great decline in the classical music scene,” she said. “Hopefully, with proper guidance, the trail will represent the entire music scene in Boston, which is quite diverse.”

The MMONE has worked closely with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events to best prepare for the tourist aspect of this trail, Sandler said.

“The city has the same vision we do,” he said. “We are meeting again next week to discuss the tourism aspect. We want to make sure we have a concentrated effort.”

Sandler said the Boston Music Trail is necessary to commemorate Boston history.

“There are tons of places in this city where there is an important musical history,” he said. “We have the Freedom Trail to honor that part of Boston history, and now we have the music trail to showcase Boston’s musical history. This trail is equally important in its own way.”

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