Memorable Nights At The Shaboo -- Courant.com

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David "Lefty" Foster wasn't yet 20 when he and his business partners opened the Shaboo Inn in Willimantic in 1971, which raised certain legal issues.
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Fafel

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Aug 12, 2007
 
What, no Fabulous Rhinestones?
TheKing

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Aug 12, 2007
 
Bruce Springsteen, Rick Derringer, Rhinestones and he remembers Tom Waits?
J Bruce

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Aug 12, 2007
 
This show should be a great tribute to the blues shows that embrassed the club way back, personally i have never been to the Shaboo but have heard many ,many story's about the club and havent heard any storys about any other club out there around here.
I was fortunate to have met one of the Guitar players out of Chicago (Tom Holland) and his Shuffle Kings whom will be at the reuinion ,wait untill you here this guy play the guitar he is great ,Anyways i wish i could have the Shaboo around here now they dont have good music clubs like it no more.
To hear this concert performance will be a treat ,No one in the area should even think of missing it.Go Allstars Go James Cotton
Johnny(MsMarci And The Lovesick hounds)"drummer"
You can check out Myspace.com/johnnybruce1 and check out Tom Holland And The shuffle Kings from that page to hear some his guitar playin! Have fun !
Bruuuuuce

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Aug 12, 2007
 
TheKing wrote:
Bruce Springsteen, Rick Derringer, Rhinestones and he remembers Tom Waits?
Springsteen never actually played the Shaboo. He was booked twice, but both shows were cancelled, Foster told the Courant in 2000.
Rick Smith

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Aug 12, 2007
 
I remember that rainey Monday nite with 25 cent drafts and the Police playing to 12 people. Also the many Rhinestone gigs. And most of all, talking to Matt Murphy about making the Blues Brothers movie, and suggesting I MIGHT LIKE IT.
liberty

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Aug 12, 2007
 
Some of my fondest memories come from Shaboo - listening to the likes of Papa John Creach, The Chambers Brothers (halloween night), Tower of Power, and Arlo Guthrie. I miss Shaboo, it was a great place for reasonably priced beers and top notch entertainment.
dave lang

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Aug 12, 2007
 
Living just 1/4 mile from Shaboo while going to Uconn, I had the pleasure to see acts like, spyra gyra, Cotton, Stephan Grapelli, Rhinestones,Elvin Bishop . . . All the performances were up close and in your face, it was truely a unique experience . . great vibe
Main Street

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Aug 12, 2007
 
dave lang wrote:
Living just 1/4 mile from Shaboo while going to Uconn, I had the pleasure to see acts like, spyra gyra, Cotton, Stephan Grapelli, Rhinestones,Elvin Bishop ... All the performances were up close and in your face, it was truely a unique experience .. great vibe
Did you ever attend Windsor Locks High in the late 70's?
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Aug 12, 2007
 
I remember the way the floor bounced.Seeing Nils Lofgrin do a backflip off an amplifier on stage with that low ceiling .Seeing Hall and Oates ,Muddy Waters,Todd Rundgren,Bonnie Raitt,Roger Mcguinn,Eric Burdon , just to name a few.It was my home away from home in the 70's
I was sad to see it close.It always smelled nice and herbal in there.
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Aug 12, 2007
 
Remember seeing the Fab Rhinestones @Lake Compounce in Bristol.

"What A Wonderful Thing We Had!"

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Aug 13, 2007
 
Too many nights at the Shaboo... NRBQ and Jonathon Edwards years... After it burned, I went and picked up a piece of brick to commemorate it. Now, 25 years later, I live in Northern Virginia - and that piece of brick still sits on my mantle!
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Aug 13, 2007
 
man i was there for some of that history,i wish i could remember it
Hottie

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Aug 13, 2007
 
Oh, I remember seeing Muddy Waters on a date with my then husband-to-be! I had on a gauzy blouse and some guy standing next to me burned my arm with his cigarette. That was '72 or '73 I think. I still have the scar to prove it. Hey, it's Shaboo memorabilia.
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Aug 13, 2007
 
I remember about 12 males all vocals no instruments. They were awsome!!!!!!!!!! Don't remember who they were?Do you remember? This was 1974 or 1975.
18 at the right time

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Aug 13, 2007
 
Saw Junior Walker and the All Stars one night. After the first set they went "upstairs". When they were ready to go back on Junior Walker had to be nearly carried to the stage but led an absolutely awesome next set - though I doubt he remembered it the next day.
Also one night the James Cotton Band (with Matt Murphy before his Blues Brothers fame)all got up on stage wearing North Eagleville t-shirts and mingling with the crowd like it was a party in someones back yard.
And time was irrelevant - closing time was supposed to be 3:00AM but I swear I came out close to sunrise more than once.
Elvin Bishop put it best"...a little juke joint, way out in the sticks, half mile up a dirt road, right off of Route 6...but you oughta see that JUKE JOINT JUMP!!!.."
If you ever stood on that floor you know he meant "jump" literally.
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Aug 14, 2007
 
Nobody remembers Lou Reed? The place got violent with some NY city guys getting carried away, Lou stops playing and says "knock off the s*** or the show's over". Those guys were tamed pretty quickly.I also remember Nils Lofgren doing the backflip while playing guitar, awesome!
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Aug 14, 2007
 

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Ah, the Shaboo Inn. I will never, ever forget the Shaboo. While other college kids were slaving at Macdonalds and KFC at their PT jobs, it was my honor and privilidge to work at the Shaboo Inn.
I'll never forget the countless bands I saw perform there. It was like watching the best bands of the era play in your living room.
The after hour parties and getting the chance to meet legends like Jonny Winter, Todd Rundgren, Buddy Rich and on and on and on.
There will never, ever be a place like it again.
It was truely the best!
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Aug 14, 2007
 
The best concerts at Shaboo were NRBQ, James Cotton, the Fabulous Rhinestones, the George T Gregory Band, and Elvin Bishop. In fact, Bishop's "Juke Joint Jump" was written about the Shaboo, an all time classic! IF you don't have it, get it!
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Aug 14, 2007
 
I remember seeing Room Full of Blues there several times. My boyfriends buddy got up and did a harmonica solo when the bassist was doing his...its was so funny.
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Aug 15, 2007
 
The Shaboo was a one of a kind place. It could never be duplicated today. People then for the most part just wanted good music and lots of fun. I will never forget the great shows that I can still remember!!

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