|Photo by Ryan Siverson|
|Many exciting sold-out shows have hit the Cabooze over the years.|
Open since 1974, the Cabooze has made its name through booking a variety of R&B, reggae, and rock acts, all the while supporting local bands who have gone on to play larger stages in front of national audiences. Serving niches of R&B/blues in the '70s and jam rock today, the venue has a history of booking something for everybody.
The Cabooze has hosted James Brown, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Snoop Dogg, Social Distortion, Sheryl Crow, and locals such as the Replacements, Soul Asylum, Trampled By Turtles, and oh so many more. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards once came and stood front row to watch Peter Tosh play.
The club's reputation was established by early booker Charlie Campbell, who was with the venue until 1982. Since 2006 it has been owned by the After Midnight Group, which also owns the Cowboy Jacks restaurants and Sally's in Dinkytown.
Gimme Noise sought out some stories from the staff and from others around town. This is far from an exhaustive history, but nonetheless these are some of the nights that stood out. After all, notes booker Jeff Taube, "There's a story every night, it's if you can remember them all."
RIP Cabooze manager Jason Aukes