The 2019 Rock & Roll Rumble Set for Second Weekend of Preliminaries at Once in Somerville, Massachusetts.

24 bands • 9 nights • 1 crown. The World Series of #BostonRock | Thurs, April 4-Friday, April 26, 2019

Every spring in Boston there is a time-honored tradition called the Rock & Roll Rumble. It began in 1979 and was originally the WBCN Rock & Roll Rumble. Bands who’ve participated include Til Tuesday, Scissorfight, Blake Babies, Dresden Dolls, Roadsaw, The Lemonheads, Morphine, Letters To Cleo, The Bags, Tribe, Gang Green, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, The Gravel Pit, Piebald, Cave In, The Sheila Divine, and more.

Begun in 1979, as a Greater Boston “battle of the bands” competition sponsored by WZLX and its local music show Boston Emissions. It remains the longest running event of its kind in the US.

Its predecessors were the Bicentennial Tournament of the Bands held in 1976 at The Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and co-sponsored by WBCN and Inn Square Men’s Bar, as well as 1978’s First Annual Spring Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival co-sponsored by WBCN and the Boston Phoenix.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble was held in Boston at the Rathskeller in Kenmore Square for its first two years and was often referred to as “the Rumble at the Rat”. Steve Morse of the Boston Globe called the 1979 debut competition “nine nights of exhilarating grass-roots rock.” Since then, the competition’s venue has changed several times but remains a popular showcase for New England bands to gain visibility.

In November 2017, WZLX was sold to iHeartMedia, and the transition and reorganization forced a postponement of the 2018 Rumble. The Rumble is set to return in April 2019.

The Rumble is hosted and produced by Boston DJ Anngelle Wood, host of Boston Emissions.  – Wikipedia 

In 2018 when WZLX was purchased by Iheart Radio the Rumble was postponed. Anngelle Wood has stepped up to produce and make the Rumble possible in 2019. She has been a longtime radio personality and event promoter in greater Boston for many years.

This year the Rumble will take place at Once in Somerville. Once is located at 156 Highland Ave in Somerville, Massachusetts. The preliminary rounds will take place April 4th through 6th and April 11th through 13th. The semifinals will take place April 19th and 20th and the finals will be on April 26th. Tickets for Rumble events are available online.

The 2019 Rumble is sponsored by Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers.

This Years bands: OfficeR, PowerSlut, FiDEL, This Bliss , The I Want You, Corner Soul, Brix’N Mortar, The Daylilies , Art Thieves, blindspot, Justine & the Unclean, Exit 18 ,  Lonely Leesa & the Lost Cowboys, Motel Black, Test Meat, Radio Compass , Skytigers, As The Sparrow, Phenomenal Sun, Love Love , Birnam Wood, Set Fire, Jakals, Baabes.


We Are Ready. 2019 Rock & Roll Rumble begins Thurs 4/4. 24 bands over 9 nights. The Rock of Boston.

Posted by Rock & Roll Rumble on Wednesday, March 27, 2019

On its 40th year, the Rock & Roll Rumble represents a large chunk of Bostons music history and many memories both present and past. Today the Rumble is a symbol of the vibrant music scene in Boston. The Rumble IS NOT a PAY TO PLAY showcase or competition.

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