Once upon a time, there was a place called “The Shaboo.”
The Shaboo Inn, to be precise, in Willimantic.
Opened by a young man named David “Lefty” Foster in 1971…the Shaboo was a music mecca until 1982.
Foster introduced Connecticut to new groups called Aerosmith and The Police. He brought in up-and-comers like Elvis Costello and Bonnie Raitt…and established stars like B.B. King and Count Basie.
And he put together an excellent house band known as The Shaboo All-Stars.
Saturday night at Recreation Park in Willimantic, Foster will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the closing of the Shaboo with a concert.
It will be a fundraiser for emergency services at Windham Hospital.
It’s a good lineup. Jonathan Edwards (“Sunshine,” “Shanty”) opens the show at 5…the James Cotton Blues Band takes the stage at 7…and David Foster and the All-Stars perform just after 8:30.
By the way, they’re no longer the Shaboo All-Stars, they’re the Mohegan Sun All-Stars.
Hey, gotta change with the times.
And the reason I’m flogging this is…I’ve been asked to introduce the All-Stars.
Happy to. Should be fun.
They want me to read a proclamation from the governor before the show.
Isn’t that why ANYONE goes to a folk/blues/pop/rock concert?
To hear, “Whereas… Whereas… Whereas…”?
Don’t worry…we’ll figure out a way to make it fun.
It’s a good deal. Tickets at the gate are just $10, and for a good cause.
Our weather boys say it will be a beautiful night…maybe a bit chilly.
So bring a sweater.
After all, those of us who remember the Shaboo…well, we’re not as young as we used to be.