Boston Venue: The Channel Story

Boston Venue: The Channel Story

Latest Episodes

SEASON ONE, EPISODE TEN, Part 2: “The Not-So-Great Finale”
May 04, 2021

In the long-awaited conclusion of Boston Venue: The Channel Story, the club is going to be auctioned off in bankruptcy--again. Just like everything else in this sordid tale, nothing adds up, the mob is always lurking,

SEASON ONE, EPISODE TEN, Part 1: “What The **** Happened?”
October 10, 2020

In Part One of Episode 10, new money and new partners have forced Harry Booras OUT of The Channel. But the new regime quickly found themselves underwater as the local mob started skimming 80% of the revenue while stiffing vendors, artists and staff.

SEASON ONE, EPISODE NINE: “Heavy Metal & Heavy Trouble”
March 26, 2020

Heavy Metal was a mainstay at The Channel. In 2015 VH1 named it one of the Top 10 venues for heavy metal ever. National acts including Metallica, Slayer, Motorhead and Alice in Chains played the club. Locals including Wargasm,

Boston Venue: Season One Bonus Episode: Peter Tosh, In His Own Words
February 13, 2020

Crafting each episode of Boston Venue: The Channel Story is a painstaking process involving hours of research, combing through a ton of archival material. Occasionally, some incredible hidden gems pop up...

SEASON ONE, EPISODE EIGHT: “Nights to Remember. Days to Forget”
January 07, 2020

By the mid-80s, The Channel was a successful venue. Big-name acts played The Channel in lieu of theatre and even arena shows. The legendary Roy Orbison played his final shows at the club. Bo Diddley and Ron Wood brought their “Gunslinger’s Tour.

November 11, 2019

From the beginning, black music was a primary feature of The Channel’s eclectic lineup of headliners. Episode 7 explores The Channel’s embrace of early hip-hop, reggae, funk and R&B acts--and the impact it had on a still racially segregated Boston,

Boston Venue: Season One Bonus Episode: The Channel Back Stories, Volume 1
October 27, 2019

Putting together each episode of Boston Venue: The Channel Story is a painstaking process involving hours of research and hours more coordinating and conducting interviews with the artists, journalists, DJs and scenesters that were there.

SEASON ONE, EPISODE SIX: “The Kids Will Have Their Say!”
September 18, 2019

Episode 6 dives deep into the pit with a focus on the hardcore punk scene of the ‘80s. The Channel’s embrace of the genre, along with details only the people who were there can provide, is the highlight of this special episode.

August 09, 2019

The Channel became a musical melting pot in a city still divided by parochial neighborhoods and lingering racial animosities. A club on a desolate stretch of the Boston waterfront became a hub for rock ‘n’ roll, punk, hardcore, straight-edge,

SEASON ONE, EPISODE FOUR: “Lawyers, Guns and Money”
July 07, 2019

The Channel finds itself in the midst of a decade of profound change in Boston. Live music was a major part of that cultural shift. In the halls and streets of power, long-entrenched attitudes and traditions are being challenged by new players with new...