Do you have information on a Quincy riverfront music venue from the '70s?

Quincy firefighter David Request douses flames coming from the Positively Front Street nightclub on Sept. 22, 1979. This file photo appeared with the article in the Sept. 24, 1979 edition of The Herald-Whig. The location of the club is now home to a vacant lot next to Chicks on the River. | H-W File Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 20, 2017 9:45 am

Friends from the Peoria area recall driving to Quincy in the mid-1970s for a Billy ThunderKloud and the Chieftones concert. They said it was in a venue located on the riverfront? Can you please find out what building this was and when was it demolished?

For those of you wondering whether this was one band or two, it's one. After a quick search, I learned Billy ThunderKloud and the Chieftones was a Canadian country band that peaked in the 1970s.

Though a local concert buff I checked with didn't attend the show you mention, he believes you are talking about Positively Front Street, a nightclub at 234 N. Front.

Our archives note performances by blues musicians John Lee Hooker and Fenton Robinson, and drummer and band leader Buddy Rich, who was set to appear on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson two weeks later.

The club was severely damaged in a Sept. 22, 1979, fire. A Sept. 24, 1979, article in The Herald-Whig said five pumpers, an aerial ladder and rescue truck battled the two-alarm blaze, which started in a second floor restroom.

The cause of the blaze was determined to be an electrical fire in an exhaust fan.

About 50 patrons and employees were able to escape without injury.

Owners of the club had just completed an extensive renovation of the club that year.

In a Nov. 25, 1979, article, one of the club's owners, Bob Navolio, said they remained in litigation with the insurance company. The building was up for sale or lease at the time.

Today, the lot where the club once stood is vacant. It is immediately south of Chicks on the River.

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