Goodbye Johnny D’s: Davis Square Music Club Hosted Legendary Musicians Since 1969
After this weekend, Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and Music Club in Davis Square will be closed. A number of storied musicians have played the Johnny D’s stage in the 46 years it was open — among them: Alison Krauss, Ben Harper, the Dixie Chicks and Jeff Buckley — whose 1993 recordings, which were recently discovered in the Sony Music archives, were released today.
- “It’s hard to imagine now, but there was once a time when Somerville’s Davis Square was considered a frontier town, home to a handful of sketchy saloons and not much else. The expansion of the Red Line in 1984 changed all that, and from that moment on, Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and Music Club lead Davis Square’s transformation from a humble neighborhood spot to a destination for culture and nightlife.”
- “In February 1993, Jeff Buckley walked into Shelter Island Sound, a small recording studio in New York’s Chelsea district, armed only with several instruments, a handwritten list of other people’s songs and an absolutely riveting singing voice.”
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