Thursday, May 02, 2019 9:30p -
Friday, May 03, 2019 1:30a
The Cantab Lounge
738 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
Date Idea, Music, Nightlife, Alcohol
Boston's best funk and soul, in residence at the Cantab every Thursday night since 2005.
$6 cover at the door
Back in 2005, the Chicken Slacks were called to succeed the legendary Little Joe Cook for the Thursday spot at the historic Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, MA.
The Cantab, in business since 1938, is one of the oldest live music venues in the Boston area, surviving in a time when other longstanding music venues, such as T.T. the Bear’s, the Beachcomber, Church, and Johnny D’s, have announced recent closings.
Under the leadership of long-time owner Richard “Fitzy” Fitzgerald and bar manager Steve Ramsey, the Cantab supports live music seven days a week on stages both upstairs and downstairs, drawing a diverse crowd of college students, tourists, musicians, neighborhood regulars, and the occasional celebrity drop-in.
The ‘tab is a no-frills kind of place (unpretentious?), now and then winning honors as “best dive bar in Boston.” It’s also a perfect spot for developing the Chicken Slacks show. A Cantab Thursday is not just about perfecting the tunes, it’s about keeping them fresh. It’s not just about fine-tuning the material, it’s about fine-tuning the show itself, keeping it true to its joyful roots, expressing the genius of an observation made long ago: “if it weren’t for old school, there’d be no school at all!”
“The Cantab gig is what separates the Chicken Slacks from the average cover band. While their primary goal is to entertain, they are committed to the preservation of soul and its authentic presentation.” Benjamin Naddaff-Hafrey, writing for the Harvard Crimson
"The Chicken Slacks are the premier performing soul band in Boston...the go-to-boys for live soul." Jade Sylvan, The Metronome.
"Hell yeah, we can dig it!" Jed Gottlieb, The Boston Herald
"Boston funk and soul revival band The Chicken Slacks have established themselves as a fixture in local funk lore." Underground Hip Hop
"Funk and soul revivalists The Chicken Slacks are a great live band." Worcester Magazine
"[The Chicken Slacks] kicked a hole through both standard and obscure soul songs, showing not only a breath of knowledge, but also a true love of the music." Mike Mellor, Boston Blues Society
"If you've never experienced a Chicken Slacks party, get down to The Cantab as soon as you possibly can." Bryan Donaghue, Playground Boston
"We are talking about soul, and, lucky for us locals, The Chicken Slacks have turned Thursday nights at The Cantab into a sweat-drenched ode to a time we can all dig." Jeff Wallace, My Secret Boston