The Small Planet
Michigan State University
A magical place where local bands shone, and where The Verve Pipe first crooned "we were merely freshmen" to actual freshmen, East Lansing's Small Planet was MSU's best spot for hearing bands that didn't just play covers of "Louie Louie" on a nightly basis. When the venue closed, it took with it the dreams of every flannel-sporting guitarist on campus. There was a brief resurrection way out off campus in the late aughts, drawing legit groups like Electric Six to the outskirts of Spartlandia, but it was a short-lived dream that never materialized. Kind of like The Verve Pipe's career.
Cornell and Ithaca College
Despite being a tiny room that could maybe hold 200 Big Red Bears and Bombers at the most, it was a stop for every major jam band of the day: String Cheese, Disco Biscuits, and Phish all played there in the '80s to people who probably don't remember the '80s. The doorway was adorned with hundreds of fake IDs posted as terribly ineffective warnings to underage clientele. Cornell professor and Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin once played a dangerously crowded secret show there. Alas, when the venue moved to a new, bigger location, longtime patrons felt it lost most of its jammy charm.