The Concert will be taking place in Jillson Square Park located in downtown Willimantic, CT, on the brand new Shaboo Stage. This concert will be the VERY FIRST Concert performed on the newly built stage. This building project was made possible through state and town grants as well as a private donation of $100,000 made by the Lester and Phyllis Foster Family Foundation.
The name Shaboo was chosen as the stage name due to the huge role that the former Shaboo Inn nightclub played in Willimantic’s history and the music world. The Shaboo Inn nightclub was owned and operated by David Foster and Bruce John back in their younger years. Foster and John turned an old roadhouse into one of the premier music clubs in the Northeast, hosting nearly 3,000 concerts during the Shaboo’s 11-year run.
This former venue brought many famous musical groups to eastern Connecticut in the 1970’s, including: AC/DC, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Journey, Bonnie Raitt, Miles Davis, Tom Petty (opening for NRBQ), Tom Waits, Freddie King, Buddy Rich, Dire Straits and countless others.