Just added to our line-up, we are very excited to announce and welcome our extra special guests, Nervous Eaters! They are one of Boston’s first punk/new wave bands who frequently sold out the Channel! Their latest album, Eaterville #2 is a collection of their unreleased live recordings from 1976 to 1979, included “Loretta”, an all-time favorite! The Nervous Eaters have been signed to Little Steven Van Zandt’s record label, Wicked Cool Records. The first single, “Wild Eyes” is coming out this spring, followed by their full album coming out in the Fall.
Opening for the Del Fuegos, we welcome our All-Star Revue, featuring Barrence Whitfield of Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Charlie Farren of Farrenheit and The Joe Perry Project, Fred Pineau from The Atlantics and Rick Berlin! These legendary performers will individually sample some of their greatest hits from the '80s!
(All-Star Revue performers subject to change.)
The Del Fuegos are reuniting their original line-up for only the third time in 30+ years to headline this celebration of Boston Rock and the legendary venue,
42 years to the day after the iconic rock venue’s opening on Memorial Day weekend in 1980, The Del Fuegos will perform at Roadrunner, the newest and coolest Boston Venue at 89 Guest Street, Boston, MA on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 8pm (Doors open at 7pm). Opening for the Del Fuegos, we welcome Barrence Whitfield, fromBarrence Whitfield and the Savages, Charlie Farren of Farrenheit and The Joe Perry Project, and Fred Pineau from The Atlantics. These legendary performers will individually sample some of their greatest hits from the 80’s accompanied by a Channel All-Star Band, made up of Channel alumni! (Artists subject to change.)
This will also be a celebration of local music in Boston. All of the artists appearing at this event have strong Boston roots and were the reason for The Channel’s success. These days, local bands don’t have many opportunities to perform at Boston venues, forcing them to play in the suburbs. We will honor these bands coming back to Boston for this 1980’s throwback event.
Tickets go on sale on Friday April 15 at 12 PM.
Come be a part of this celebration of local music in Boston! . . .
Early winter, 2018. A knock on the door and suddenly Harry Booras finds himself face to face with an FBI agent and state police detective investigating the long-ago murder of one Steven DiSarro, a club owner serving as a front for the Boston mob. DiSarro was purportedly, the last manager of a Boston nightclub called The Channel. Booras was the first. Harry Booras opened The Channel in South Boston on Memorial Day weekend 1980, as a Boston live music club.
For more than a decade it brought in acts and audiences spanning all genres of music. All genres. A weekly calendar might look like this: all ages hardcore matinee on Sunday, up-and-coming rock showcase on Tuesday, Afro-pop extravaganza on Wednesday, a head-banging metal show on Thursday, a vintage bluesman on Friday, topped off with 60s rock legend in town on Saturday night. Diversity was the driving force in the success of the Channel.
Like the booking calendar, the venue's audience was all over the place. African dashikis mixed with leather and chains. Punk and folk and prog. Martin acoustics and Marshall stacks — The scene was all scenes. Often mingling between shows on the same night.
Unlike the glossier disco clubs of the day, The Channel had a no-frills approach to decor and amenities, instead pouring most of its resources on the stage. The result was one of the best sounding rooms on the east coast, and a rich selection of local, national and international acts lined up to play the club.
In the early 90s the business fell on hard times. After a streak of misfortunes The Channel fell into the hands of a seedier ownership group. After failing in a six month effort to continue live music shows the club rebranded as Soiree, the nightly acts were now strippers, not singers. The once eclectic and energetic audiences were replaced with gentlemen's club regulars. After a short time, the building shuttered for good.
But before it did there would be threats, car fires, and at least one man would lose his life. This is the story of The Channel.
Story by Harry Booras
Executive producer: David Ginsburg
Associate Producer: Deb Booras
Producer: Chachi Loprete
Host: John Laurenti
Writer: Harry Booras
Contributing Writer: David Ginsburg
Editing: Christopher O'Keeffe
Audio Technician: Tory Lam
Post production: Tony Baglio and Dan Thibeault
Graphic Designer: Lisa St. John Bennett
Special Thanks: David Bieber Archives/Norwood Space Center.
Live Concert Shots: John Boy Franklin
It all started with a knock on my door by the FBI. They assured me I wasn't in trouble but they wanted to talk to me about the Channel, a rock club I owned in the eighties. They were investigating the cold case murder of who, they said was the last manager of the Channel, one Steven DiSarro. An aging mobster "Cadillac Frank" Salemme was going on trial for his murder. What followed was months of drama, while Salemme was on trial for the 1992 disappearance and murder of Steven DiSarro ...