About The Rumble


Hey Zeus 2017 | Photo by Duncan Wilder Johnson
Hey Zeus 2017 | Photo by Duncan Wilder Johnson


What’s The Rumble?

It’s a time-honored live music tradition, an institution, and the World Series of Boston Rock–it takes place over nine nights in the spring, typically in April.

Founded by Boston’s radio behemoth, 104.1 WBCN The Rock of Boston, the first official Rumble took place in 1979 at the legendary RAT in Kenmore Square. The Neighborhoods won.

We continue in that spirit and heritage where the city celebrates, bands play to full rooms, get paid, gain new fans, and raise their profile.

Boston Emissions is home to the Rock & Roll Rumble. It is an annual event curated by Anngelle Wood, host of Boston Emissions. Only bands who send music to, and receive airplay on, Boston Emissions on 100.7 WZLX will be considered. If your band is interested, send new music and band links.

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.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble Wiki page