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The Cellar (teen Dance Club)
There are a number of notable considerations to keep in mind about The Cellar:
For Garage rock bands/newly forming groups, The Cellar took them out of their garages and/or rehearsal spaces and provided them with on a stage and a teenage audience eager to hear their music. Once on the stage, these Cellar groups gained regional and, in some cases such as the Shadows, national followings. Further, it provided these local groups with the extraordinary opportunity to open for the major acts who also played there, such as H.P. Lovecraft opening for The Who on June 15, 1967.
The Cellar actualized one of the true tenets of Rock and Roll music: it provided a place where people could dance. Indeed, one could view the ultimate demise of true Rock and Roll music with the transition from dancing to seated venues. Once seated, fans only listened and the experience became more cerebral - which is not exactly a word one primarily associates with the vibrant physicality of Rock and Roll. Defined in its most traditional sense, Rock and Roll is sustained by movement and action. The Cellar served as an environment that allowed the essence of Rock and Roll to flourish.
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