People sure love their Rat stories! I shared a post on facebook about the Rat that my friend Kathy Lituri had shared on hers and the comments are super fun. If you have a favorite Rat story, please share!
By Erin Amar
The Rat Remembered: 8 True (and Terrifying) Stories from Boston’s Legendary Rock Club
The music, the vermin, the disturbing bathrooms – Rocker celebrates the filth and the fury of the seminal club!
From 1974 to 1997 Boston’s Rathskellar – aka “The Rat” – was a rock and roll institution. A launching pad for some of the most important new wave, punk, and alternative rockers if its day, it’s dank basement stage played host to The Pixies, The Ramones, The Atlantics, The Damned, Blondie, The Fall, Robyn Hitchcock, as well as local luminaries including Mission of Burma, The Lyres, ‘Til Tuesday, The Neighborhoods, and more. Although the storied Kenmore Square space closed 19 years ago, its legend lives on through the memories of patrons who encountered not just their rock and roll heroes, but also wild drunken debauchery, seemingly on a weekly basis, all in the name of a great night out.
The recollections below have been sourced from a variety of former employees, patrons, bouncers and musicians who lived to tell the tale. At this point, they may be all hearsay (disclaimer! don’t sue us!), but as they say on the X-Files: We want to believe.
Thanks again to the folks who contributed their memories to this list. Every nightclub has a great story, this just a taste of the Rat’s.
- The Fleshtones were introduced by a homeless dude they found outside, and he led their parade onto the stage banging a garbage can. They bought him beers all night too! Great guys, I still follow them! – Tom Beaudet
- There was the night the stage collapsed at a Human Sexual Response show, and the one where a giant rat that crawled out from under the stage at an Atlantics show,… Whenever we played there we got dressed in our cars so that we wouldn’t get cockroaches in our clothes. – Valentino Herrera
- A customer decided to grab Kerry’s (an awesome waitress) boobs, and she knocked him out with one punch. She came over to me after, and asked me to throw him out when he came to.– Rick Bunker
Really low tide
Rob Newton, Cape Ann Community Cinema and Stage, announces the 2017 summer line up:
Save the dates! Six free movie nights begin Wednesday July 12th!
July 12 ::: Jaws
July 19 ::: Disney Moana
July 26 ::: Rogue One Star Wars Movie
August 2 ::: Lego Batman Movie
August 9 ::: The Princess Bride
August 16 ::: Sing!
July 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 9, 16. Rain dates August 23, 30.
Over 5000 Cape Ann residents attended the HarborWalk Summer Cinema series in 2016.
Awesome North Shore 104.9 amps the pre-show festivities!
If you told me this was narrated by The Rabbit I wouldn’t even flinch. This so the Rabbit.
You are invited to the Gloucester High School Interact Club’s 10th annual Pizza Taste-Off on Wednesday, March 29, 5:30-7:30pm at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe Square in Gloucester, MA. Taste them all for yourself and vote on the best!
Tickets on $10 (children 5 and under $5). Tickets are limited to 300 and will be available at the door.
All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
5 great reasons to buy a ticket
for the CAFM annual fundraiser on April 3!
1. Support your local farmers’ market
2. Eat amazing food from some of the best restaurants in town!
3. Watch an incredible film about a very timely subject!
4. See all your old friends
5. Community + action = a restful night’s sleep
Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop
Saturday, April 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
April is national poetry month!
In this workshop, former North Andover poet laureate Gayle Heney will teach participants how to write poetry using the Museum’s collections as inspiration, concentrating on the new exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond. As time allows, participants will be introduced to poetry prompts, stanzas, quatrains, ekphrastic poetry and experimental poetry. Depending on interest, discussion of the editing process and the option to read/perform may also be included.
$10 Museum members/ $20 non-members. Space is limited; reservations required. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can be purchased by calling 978-283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite.