Chestnut Cabaret

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Exene Cervenka performing with X at the Chestnut Cabaret on July 30th, 1986

Chestnut Cabaret was a nightclub located at 38th & Ludlow Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1] It was later named the Blockley[2] before its closure in 2013.


Many famous bands played the Chestnut Cabaret including Albert Collins, Al Stewart, Alex Chilton, Alien Sex Fiend, Albert King, Asleep at the Wheel, Average White Band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Beru Revue, Big Country, Blondie, Blue Öyster Cult, Bootsy's Rubber Band, Buddy Guy, Buster Poindexter, Butthole Surfers, Buzzcocks, Camper Van Beethoven, Chris Whitley, Chris Isaak, Concrete Blonde, The Connells, Consolidated, MC 900 Ft. Jesus, David Bromberg, De La Soul, Dead Milkmen, Debbie Harry, Dee Dee Ramone, Devo, Dizzy Gillespie, Donovan, Dread Zeppelin, Electric Love Muffin, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Fishbone, Ginger Baker, Hardline, The Hooters, Hothouse Flowers, Ice-T/Body Count, Jane Siberry, Jesus Jones, John Lee Hooker, John Entwistle, John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Judy Collins, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, King's X, Kirsty MacColl, Kitchens of Distinction, Larry Carlton, Leon Russell, Little Feat, Living Colour, Marillion, Meat Puppets, Midge Ure, Modern English, Mojo Nixon, Naked Raygun, Nine Inch Nails, NRBQ, Parliament-Funkadelic, Phish, Pogues, The Pretenders, Psychic TV, Ramones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Richard Thompson, Robin Trower, The Roches, Schoolly D, Sonic Youth, Soul Asylum, Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers, Toots and the Maytals, Stanley Clarke, Stanley Jordan, Steel Pulse, Steve Forbert, The Bears (featuring Adrian Belew), The Fall, The Replacements, The Tubes, They Might Be Giants, Third World, 'til tuesday, Toto, Tower of Power, X, Warren Zevon, Wire, Wynton, Branford Marsalis, Violent Femmes, and Shriekback.

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  1. ^ Konolige, Kit (1989-04-02). "WHAT'S DOING IN: Philadelphia". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  2. ^ Fiorillo, Victor. "The Blockley Is Closing [UPDATED]". Philadelphia Magazine. Metro Corp. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 

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