Located in Arlington Heights, Illinois, The Cellar teen dance club provided live musical entertainment in the 1960s. Founded in 1964 by Paul Sampson this music venue primarily featured Rock and Roll music acts, although some Blues acts performed as well. Original location is uncertain. "The original cellar was located in the old St. Peters Church basement." Bob Lehnert, original vocalist for The Amboy Dukes contributes that its original location was actually a cellar located just a few blocks from the center of Downtown Arlington Heights. It may have been under a church or community center as it had a stage cut out of the north wall. It was in the basement of the Bell Telephone (AT&T) building, then moved to the Tire Warehouse across the tracks from the former Captain Rapp's Restaurant (602 W. Northwest Hwy) The unused warehouse was located on Davis Street, along the Chicago and Northwestern railroad tracks . It closed in 1970.
The Cellar became a notable venue for several reasons, providing teenagers from the region with a place to congregate and to dance.
It was also notable because of its talented regional house / repeat bands, such as: the Shadows of Knight, The Mauds, H.P. Lovecraft, Saturday's Children, Ted Nugent with The Amboy Dukes, The Huns, The Raevns, The Other Half, and Little Boy Blues.
Despite the fact it was a modest warehouse venue in a northwestern suburb of Chicago, The Cellar attracted national and international Rock acts, such as: The Who, The Cream, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Spencer Davis Group, Three dog Night and The Steve Miller Band
There are a number of notable considerations to keep in mind about The Cellar: