High Five

Brian Bernhard loves to play The Middle East

Indie-rock quartet Rich People Food serves up its raucous energy this weekend in Cambridge to promote the recent release of its first EP, “Native Tongue.” Formed in 2011, the foursome has worked the Allston music scene with its rockabilly vibe, branching out to Cambridge and even New York City. We asked lead singer Brian Bernhard to discuss his favorite five venues that Rich People Food has played.

1. The Middle East in Cambridge: “The way they set the stage and the ratio of audience to space is great: It always seems packed. Always a good crowd with great energy. When we played last October, it was a huge crowd and we got them all going. It was phenomenal.”

2. T.T. the Bear’s Place in Cambridge “A nice home base for us. One of those places where its been really easy for all of our friends to come out to. Really personal show-with-friends vibe.”


3. The Rock Shop in Brooklyn: “We only played there once, but good sound for a small place. It’s always nice to play to the regulars in some capacity, so we can win over the locals and people who wouldn’t normally hear our music.”

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4. Lansdowne Pub near Fenway: “We played there over three times since last year. Always a ridiculous amount of people all with the right energy, with most coming right from a Sox game. Like a giant dance party with people you don’t know.”

5. Lit Lounge in Manhattan: “Looks like your typical basement in Allston: pipe ceiling, random couches. Looks like it could turn into a creepy rave at any moment. Best part is after we loaded our instruments, we went back inside and it literally became a rave — people jumping around with glow sticks, just dirty and seedy. A taste of home in the big city.”

Andrew Bourque

Rich People Food performs with the Zilis and Skinny Pigeons at the Middle East upstairs on Aug. 30. Doors: 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. 617-864-3278, www.mideast

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