The Knickerbocker Café, a storied music club in Westerly, Rhode Island, was built in 1933, shortly after the end of Prohibition. The Café itself is named after a train that passed through Westerly station at the time of the Café’s founding.
The club thrived as one of the leading entertainment centers in southern New England, hosting regional and national bands with an emphasis on the blues. Some of the greats that played on the Knickerbocker stage included, Big Joe Turner, Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland, Johnny Nicholas, Leon Russell, Eric Burdon and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In 1967, Roomful of Blues was born in Westerly, when guitarist Duke Robillard and pianist Al Copley started a band that played tough, no-holds barred Chicago blues. Making the Knickerbocker Café their home club, it did not take long before they started exploring swinging, jumping blues and added a horn section. Roomful would pack the house every Sunday and still plays their great brand of blues today.
Fast forward and the Cafe has become the Knickerbocker Music Center, an important affiliate of The United Theatre, allowing for centralized programming, marketing, and the coordination of physical space. Located just around the corner from the theatre, The Knick, together with The United will create a multi-venue regional campus for the arts.
The Knick’s mission is to preserve, cultivate, celebrate and teach Westerly blues and all other forms of music. Since 2014, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School has partnered with The Knick to engage more than 5,000 students in the Westerly & Chariho school districts.
Together, The United and The Knick will provide an Educational Learning Center for 300+ weekly lessons, classes and ensemble students of the Philharmonic Music School.
Additionally, both venues will build on attracting national headliners that, to date, have included: Jon Batiste, Robert Earl Keen, Deer Tick, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Leon Russell and more.
The Knickerbocker Music Center
Wednesday – Friday – Saturday–Sunday
Doors open 1 hour before showtime.
All shows are general admission. Seats are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and seats are not guaranteed with ticket purchase.
Check out our events page for show listings.
The Tap Room
Tickets purchased online will be on a Will Call list at the club the night of the show. Customer will NOT receive a separate ticket or confirmation from the club.
All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.
All shows are 21+ (unless otherwise noted), under 21 are welcome when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Yes, our Club meets all local and federal guidelines for accessibility.