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River Club reopening in Scituate

Posted by Lisa Crowley  October 9, 2009 10:55 AM

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The River Club in Scituate will reopen Monday night under new management, but will feature some familiar names in the Boston music scene.

New owners are Harry and Peter Booras, who were the last owners of the nationally renowed Channel Club in Boston.

The club, located at 78 Border St., will still be a prime location for weddings and other functions, Harry Booras said. But the brothers have added a café and have revamped a ballroom that will feature local favorites like Stoughton’s Lori McKenna; up-and-coming acts like Monday night’s openers, Carbon Leaf; as well as past favorites like Woodstock hero Richie Havens, ‘80s pop wonders Little River Band, and folk mainstays Cheryl Wheeler, Shawn Colvin, and Paula Cole.

“We want this to be a first class place and the premier place to see a show on the South Shore,” said Harry Booras, who bought the club in August with his brother.

The new club has been equipped with state-of-the-art sound and light systems, Booras said, adding the lights have been designed and installed by Bill Blaine, best known for shows at Cohasset’s South Shore Music Circus and the Cape Cod Melody Tent.

Although a new café is not complete, Booras said the club will open Monday night with Carbon Leaf, a Richmond, Va.,-based rock band that mixes folk, blues, jazz and rock. Booras said the café-pub will begin serving appetizers, American-style entrees, sandwiches and pizza on Oct. 19. The pub will be open seven days a week.

Booras said the River Club will be a far cry from the brothers’ old club, The Channel. The Boorases bought The Channel in 1990 from Joe Cicerone, who opened the club in 1980. The club closed in 1991, when the brothers filed for bankruptcy.

In its heyday, The Channel was one of the hottest spots for live music in the country and featured the likes of punk greats the Ramones and the Damned, and helped launched the careers of cult favorites the Dead Kennedys and the Pixies.

Booras said the River Club is not a night club and that it is an event venue for weddings, concerts, and other events.

He said some shows may be for customers 18 and up. Those who are 21 and older will be separated out with wristbands, or in a designated area for people of drinking age. However, there won't be a cage.

To check out the River Club's lineup, visit channelconcerts.com

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