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Geets Romo presents: The Classic Ruins, Black Cat Road & TJ Wheeler

In 1978 singer and guitar player Frank Rowe formed Classic Ruins with ex-Real Kids guitarist Billy Borgioli, which at the time was a big deal in the local rock scene. The Real Kids were Boston’s brightest hope to bust out of town via the punk/new wave movement that swept into town in ’76 and ’77. But leader John Felice stunned the group’s many fans by breaking up the band after one brilliant album and then going to work for the Ramones road crew — for many, an act akin to leaving the Red Sox and joining the Evil Empire! That left Borgioli out of a job, but he didn’t stay unemployed for long. Rowe may never have had the best voice around, but it suited the duo’s brand of no-frills rock and roll, plus his dry and ironic songwriting style always elevated what could have easily remained ordinary in someone else’s hands. Grabbing a rhythm section, Classic Ruins made it official by playing in the first WBCN Rock and Roll Rumble in 1979. Shortly after, they  recorded a debut 7″ single on the local Ace of Hearts label. Both “Heart Attack” (at 2:10 long) and “Nyquil Stinger” got some exposure on the college radio dial and Classic Ruins became a sturdy and much adored addition to the Boston music scene. In 1986 the group released its nine-song album Lassie Eats Chickens, following that three years later with Ruins Cafe.  After 31 years, The Classic Ruins keep the flame alive with a fantastic show that encompasses their long career, complete with storytelling and vintage rock songs you will hear no where else.  Joining them on this night are the Americana-blues act Black Cat Road and legendary cigar-box guitarist, bluesman & educator TJ Wheeler.  

Earlier Event: February 9
Forget, Forget w/s/g Electric Heart
Later Event: February 16
an evening w Viva & The Reinforcements