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Hi Guys. I was listening to one of the Vertebrats CDs. I saw Mark & Tim in the credits and thought of Captain Rat. Checked utube and there you were. Awesome! I first saw CR in Aug 81. I'd just come to UI for my last 2 yrs, from jr. college in Rockford. I was getting moved into my apt and heard great live music thru the window. I followed the sound a few blocks and there you were. An outside street dance at a frat or something. Those things were great. Do they still have them? Anyway, CR was my first of several great band discoveries in CU. 1981-83 was a great musical time there. You guys, The Brats, Elvis Bros, B-Lovers and more. I got a job in Tucson in summer 83 after graduation and got to go to L.A. for the Rose Bowl so I saw CR there too. I found your website and especially liked the song list. Great taste, Todd Baby, I like that you're doing The Happy Organ. I've always thought it would be good as a medley with The Trashmen's My Woody to see if anyone gets the crude college humor joke. Ha ha. It's so great to see you guys still going strong. Viva Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets! By the way, are there still Rivettes?
Scott W <mezagtheyzigicloud.com>
Tucson, AZ USA - Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 17:26:04 (CST)
Miss you guys terribly! Hope you are all well and still Rock'n the Midwest (and beyond)!!!
Dawn - Big Rat Fan!!! <dawn.go10gmail.com>
East Peoria, IL USA - Wednesday, March 08, 2017 at 18:30:06 (CST)
Love your shows!
Don Anglen <anglen6yahoo.com>
Hume, IL USA - Monday, January 09, 2017 at 01:47:00 (CST)
Your concerts are really very enjoyable. I wish you continued success
garry <muazzam1923gmail.com>
Oklahoma, USA - Monday, December 26, 2016 at 19:48:58 (CST)
Love you always,love to be entertained by you,we always see you at Kennekuk every year for Cheeseburger event.Just wondrin tho,is silly guy really a Doctor? Love him and the rest of you also:)
charity wilson <pepe1952att.net>
danville, il USA - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 18:16:35 (CDT)
I remember your band from U of I. 1985. Almost 30 years later, your band popped in my head.
Joe Cartwright <Lxiiiaol.com>
Mount Holly, NC USA - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 21:02:05 (CDT)
We were at you show last night at Hog Days and really enjoyed you guys. We saw you last year at the Hog Days so we knew we had see you again
Donna Anderson <jstair19frontier.om>
Kewannee, Il USA - Sunday, September 06, 2015 at 11:24:12 (CDT)
what a great time in Rossville on August 1 and looking forward to Kennekuk tonight in Danville. We love summer in Central IL.
Todd Modern <rlprillamaaol.com>
Champaign, IL USA - Saturday, August 08, 2015 at 15:50:35 (CDT)
You guys rock! I still want to see Mark in the shocking silver bass suit with shrunken head. Maybe I'll get lucky at Bunny's tomorrow night?
Sean Treat <sgtnet66.com>
Urbana, IL USA - Friday, July 17, 2015 at 18:52:53 (CDT)
My husband and I have been fans from the very beginning in 1980. We never missed a show at Mabels and the Champaign fireworks. We traveled to lots of the festivals where you preformed. Our 2 kids loved it when they were able to go. We have such fond memories of you all that we still reminisce about today. We still catch you every chance we get. Keep on Rockin on I've never seen a better concert anywhere. We are forever fans!!!
Sue Hopper <hopsue_303yahoo.com>
Champaign, IL USA - Friday, July 17, 2015 at 00:39:43 (CDT)
And a Huge Thank You to our new friends in Terre Haute for an absolutely great time last night at Boot City Opry. One of the most receptive and engaging crowds we've had in a while. Hoosiers Rule! And an extra thank you to our ole friend Bob Pell aka Barnaby Wilde who filled in on sax last night. A great time was had by all.
Todd Modern <rlprillamaaol.com>
Champaign, IL USA - Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 09:06:57 (CDT)
Fan for over 40 years, Rock On !!!
George Dion <george.diongmail.com>
Elgin, IL USA - Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 00:11:19 (CDT)
Saw you a couple of times at Street Fest before football games. Very entertaining, great music, and hope to see you again some day.
Steve & Katherine Johnson <saltwaterusngmail.com>
Elmwood, IL USA - Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 08:36:24 (CST)
Saw you this afternoon at the Hog Days. Great show
Donna Anderson <jstair19frontier.com>
Kewanee, Ill USA - Monday, September 01, 2014 at 17:05:11 (CDT)
Great show this afternoon at Hog Days Festival in Kewanee. Enjoyed it very much.
Jeff Hatch
Galva, IL USA - Monday, September 01, 2014 at 15:41:23 (CDT)
What a great time at the Prairie Aviation Museum Fundraiser last night. It was the best birthday I ever had. Sure took the sting out of being sixty-five, but paying for it today. We're looking forward to the band being back in town in four weeks. --- Rock On & On, Tom & Sue
Tom Schwoerer <tschwoererspeednet.com>
Bloomington, IL USA - Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 21:21:19 (CDT)
I have been a H U G E fan for about 25 years!! I have never had more fun at a concert or heard better music played with such heart as when I listen to you guys!!!! I can't wait to hear you play at Altamont Schuetzenfest this year!! My sisters and I have been to every concert you have given in this area and you have never let us down!! Thanks for the best Rockin' Party around!!
Stacey Warner <adangerouslady63gmail.com>
Saint Elmo, Illinois USA - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 at 06:38:02 (CDT)
Great rockin at Kennekuk-thank you so much!! Loved your acapella-your harmony is so good!!
T. Miller <tmillerfountaintrust.com>
Perrysville, IN USA - Monday, August 12, 2013 at 12:34:12 (CDT)
Miss coming to your shows since we are up"north". Our first date was in 1995 dancing with you at The Hub in Edelstein! Then caught you in Peoria with the nurses and staff of the heart surgeons! We hope to get to see you in 2013 for our anniversary!!!!
mary sue and jim debord <jimar96gmail.com>
geneseo, il USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 10:43:03 (CST)
Thank you for playing Tilton, Illinois!!! We brought some friends and came from Indiana to see you. They hadn't heard you before-loved U!!! Sorry that you froze-we froze too, but not as bad as U....dedication.
tmiller <tmillerfountaintrust.com>
Perrysville, IN USA - Monday, October 22, 2012 at 14:35:01 (CDT)
Keep on keeping on - Tangled Up in Blue
Sandra Hurst <myshkin349gmail.com>
Charleston, IL USA - Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 05:16:04 (CDT)
love to hear you guys will be there sat tc nancy
nancy <nancysjunk2001yahoo.com>
danville, il USA - Friday, October 19, 2012 at 00:25:41 (CDT)
Hey! Found your website after seeing a random post mentioning you on Facebook- great to see you're still out there! And I'd like to apologize for the extremely poor attendance at your show at Valparaiso U sometime around 1985 or so, as well as thank you for a great show put on for the 14 or so of us who were there! Do you ever get up towards Chicago these days?
Dave Perrin <Dave_Perrinyahoo.com>
Elgin, IL USA - Sunday, September 09, 2012 at 23:03:43 (CDT)
21 years ago tomorrow, you helped us enter into the world of marriage. Everyone is still talking about how much fun we had. Hope you guys are doing well and wanted to let you know we are still going strong...2 kids, a dog, a mortgage and remember our wedding and how you guys really helped us take it to "11"!!! Hugs your way!
Carole & Tim Benson <theswankymodesgmail.com>
Port Barrington, IL USA - Friday, August 31, 2012 at 20:10:36 (CDT)
I used to sneak out of the house to come see you play. I brought my husband to see you at Kennekuk-he loved your sax player! Great band, much loved!!!
T. Miller <tmillerfountaintrust.com>
Perrysville, IN 47974 - Monday, August 13, 2012 at 14:19:20 (CDT)
My family and I saw you at the Cheeseburger and Fun Fest, at Kennekuk County Park, in Danville, IL, this past weekend. What an enjoyable evening we had. My two year old grandson was up front dancing most of the night. We all loved your music and can't wait to hear you again. God bless and safe travels.
Jane <janeharrierhotmail.com>
Danville, IL USA - Monday, August 13, 2012 at 11:56:51 (CDT)
Can't wait to see you guys at the Altamont Schuetzenfest, September 15th!
Judy Wood <Jwoodhotmail.com>
Altamont, IL USA - Thursday, August 09, 2012 at 13:37:22 (CDT)
Fantastic street dance in Rossville as usual!!! Always look forward to the next one!!!!
sherlyn <sherlyn_huffmanhotmail.com>
Rossville, il USA - Sunday, August 05, 2012 at 12:15:14 (CDT)
What at awesome crowd last night at Shooter's Parking Lot Party in Bloomington. So great to see so many friend and fans from the "old days" from Scotty's, Mosey's, LaFayette Club, Off Center, Red Lion, Fanny's Trolley, Central Station, the Ephipany Carnival, Club 51....the list goes on. Thanks for coming out and sharing in the fun with us.
Todd Modern <rlprillamaaol.com>
Urbana, IL USA - Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 13:22:21 (CDT)
Looking at your calenday, it appears that you will only be in CU once this summer. Please get more local bookings as we are out of town your Bunnies weekend. You owe it to your fans!?
Chuck <cpambaccpyahoo.com>
Champaign, IL USA - Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 13:54:09 (CDT)
Awesome show at Cowboy Monkey in December, guys! But I do miss Mabels! And...just when did we all get so old??! Better living through chemistry! Your pharmacist from Osco on Green (years ago), rick
rick ingram <mowog1aol.com>
Saint Joseph, IL USA - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 16:32:02 (CST)
DILLIGAF !!!!!!!! Must see you again!
Jan van Leeuwen <janetvlnotinaproductions.com>
Bartlett, IL USA - Wednesday, January 04, 2012 at 20:15:20 (CST)
Disappointed..... was hoping to see more activity in your bookings in December and January. Needed a fix of good ole music. Thanks for what you do!
Gayle Miller <gamille52yahoo.com>
Olney, IL USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 11:09:18 (CST)
Keep it up guys! I was a regular at Mabel's in the early 80's. I always Aced the Final Exam Parties and even wore home Betty Buttercup's ship one night. I don't remember if it was the Nina, the Pinta or the Santa Rivetta!
Mark
USA - Friday, September 23, 2011 at 22:31:10 (CDT)
Another great Rossville Street dance! I look forward to being there every year!!! Thanks guys!
sherlyn <sherlyn_huffmanhotmail.com>
Rossville, il. USA - Sunday, August 07, 2011 at 09:42:02 (CDT)
Listened to you guys for EVER in college..was thinking about all the good music..want to order a t-shirt for old times but nothing in the store...so sad for an old grad 1985
Beth Pendowski <jpbendocomcast.net>
olympia, wa USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 00:13:42 (CDT)
I attended the UIUC and have a diploma from the University of Silly Noise at Mabel's to prove it!
Sherwin Gooch <sjgoochyahoo.com>
San Jose, CA USA - Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 02:56:57 (CDT)
We have so much fun following you folks. Never a dull moment. Full of fun, energy, and excitement. Keep up the great work.
Ray Scarbrough <scarbrghillinois.edu>
Mahomet, Il USA - Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 21:16:43 (CDT)
I'm remembering waayy,waay back to a night at Ted's warehouse, when I lost a bet to a guy who said He'd bet me that the next week C& the BRs would turn up in tuxedos. i wuz obliviously to 'looped' to figure he had an inside track. It seems to me that this was so far back in , like, 1973 or 4 or something. Is that even possible?
Bill Thill <wjthill54yahoo.com>
Charleston, IL USA - Friday, March 11, 2011 at 16:07:23 (CST)
Just been listening to Gerry Maiers on WGN. they are discussing when and WHY Chicagofest changed to Taste of Chicago One emailer said we could blame Captian RATS tim for ending Chicagofest...when he was signing to a manquin head and then tossed it over his head into the lake, causing the coast guard to retrive it.According to this emailer that was the turning point when crowd control became a problem and the fest had to move to an area easier to control.Do you guys have any recollection of any of this ?
ken ferino <kcd413comcast.net>
peoria , il USA - Thursday, January 06, 2011 at 17:40:59 (CST)
Roger, Mark, whoever: Ask Tim to email me! Thanks!
Randy Scott <randyjscottgmail.com>
Carlinville, IL USA - Wednesday, December 01, 2010 at 23:34:10 (CST)
WOW!Its a long way from 1982. Great to see you are still going strong! Judy
Judy from Mabel's <JudyG97comcast.net>
Springfield, IL USA - Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 11:14:20 (CST)
Can't believe I've been listening to you guys for 30 years. Keep it up!
Timo Mostert <mostt704alpine.k12.ut.us>
American Fork, Utah USA - Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 14:38:57 (CDT)
I just ran across your website, brought back fond memories. I remember you guys played at my prom in Savanna Il., and you were like 3 hours late because your plane broke down or something!! After you got going it was great, I then went to Illinois and saw you guys quite a bit. Great to see you are still playing!
randy johnston <randyjohnston65hotmail.com>
savanna, il USA - Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 14:26:53 (CDT)
We just happened to catch your act at the Octoberfest, and what a treat it was! You guys are sensational! Have been telling everyone about your group and cannot wait to see you again. Barb & Dennis
Barb <barb_91yahoo.com>
Peoria, Il USA - Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 10:59:19 (CDT)
Caught your act at the Arcola Broomcorn Fest, on the recommendation of a friend. All I can say is WOW!!!!! Loved every minute of it! I'm starting to spread the word about Capt Rat!
Keith <krgarvenscharter.net>
Byron, Mn USA - Monday, September 13, 2010 at 22:04:18 (CDT)
Hey you guys put on an awsome show in Westville on Sept 4th!! and Todd Modern pulled some history with the Freddies Tipple and Chubby Barton talk, hope to see you here again soon!
Gary Wright <gwrightwestvillefire.com>
westville, il USA - Sunday, September 05, 2010 at 03:27:51 (CDT)
I grew up in Rossville,Illinois from 1950-1964. My family has been in Rossville since my grandpa worked there on the railroad. I lived at 210 E. Attica Street as did my mom when she was a young child. It was a great place to be. I have been to see both your shows there and have enjoyed the band and going home. I used to go to the street dances when Winnie and Yoeman was on the corner. Oh what memories you brought to my heart. I would like to ask you if maybe the dance floor could be behind the people who are there to sit and enjoy the show. Both times I have been there I have been only able to hear the music but not be able to see the band and the funny faces and hats. Do you think maybe next year it could be different. There was a lot of upset people who couldn't see!
Kathy (Redenbaugh) Doolin <kdoolinlocalnet.com>
Covington, Ind. USA - Monday, August 09, 2010 at 16:43:40 (CDT)
Had a great time in Rossville Saturday night. What great family fun. My grandkids loved you as much as my kids did when we used to watch you at the Balloon Festival in Danville.
Wendy Edwards <wcblue83yahoo.com>
Hoopeston, IL USA - Monday, August 09, 2010 at 11:04:19 (CDT)
Hey Everyone and RatFans everywhere: A great time in Rossville this past Saturday night for their 2nd annual Rossville Summer Homecoming StreetDance. Fun, Fun Fun was had by all due to the combined efforts of the 3 Rossville sponsoring organizations. Mark you calendars for the first Saturday in August for 2011 we're told for yet another great event!
Todd Modern
USA - Monday, August 09, 2010 at 08:51:42 (CDT)
We had a great time on July 17th downtown at the YMCA fund raiser! We had a couple downpours but we kept dancing anyway! It was really a fun time! Don't know where you guys get all that energy!! (Red BuLL maybe? ) hahahaha
Everett & Susie Oaks <doozee57gmail.com>
urbana, il USA - Monday, August 09, 2010 at 03:00:46 (CDT)
You guys were so good on the 3rd of July hear in Watseka. My girlfriends & I enjoy you guys so much. We thought we would all have heart attacks with all the dancing we did. We did ok for a bunch of old broads. We were the 4 that were up by the stage all night. I hope you guys play here for every 4th because the whole town looks forward to you playing. Will see you at the fair!
Mary Lou <myjoey1yahoo.com>
Watseka, Ill USA - Tuesday, July 06, 2010 at 13:49:44 (CDT)
Thank you so much for a wonderful show... great quality entertainment for ALL ages. See you at the Iroquois County Fair
Jeanne <quilt4fun310sbcglobal.net>
Watseka, IL USA - Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 23:15:16 (CDT)
It is always a pleasure seeing you guys play and I am so glad you are still jamming.
Damian <damian73.mgmail.com>
Bloomington, Il USA - Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 10:03:36 (CDT)
It has been 9 years since my friend and I have seen your show. Looking forward to seeing your fabulous show in the Normal, IL area. We saw you in Normal or Bloomington for about 18 years straight...glad to see you will be "back to Normal" on June 18.
Charlotte York <charndavemchsi.com>
Milan, IL USA - Monday, June 14, 2010 at 20:46:51 (CDT)
helo all
kevin <reek5mail-room.com>
USA - Monday, May 17, 2010 at 18:39:51 (CDT)
Great to see all of our Vermilion County friends and fans last night at the fundraiser at the K of C. What a great time had by all! Thanks for coming out and all of your great support. We've got other events lined up in and around the Danville area throughout the rest of the year...so stay tuned! Your pals, Captain Rat & The Blind Rivets
Todd Modern <rlprillamaaol.com>
Urbana, IL USA - Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 15:47:59 (CST)
Saw you at the CU. It's been a few years but a good time as usual. We were disappointed though, no "Wooly Bully." Glad to see you still do "Wipeout." Hard to believe, almost 30 years. Hope we'll still be rockin' in another 30.'
John & Merrie Woodward
USA - Monday, June 22, 2009 at 00:43:30 (CDT)
Your show was Greattttttt toinght at Taste Of Champaign! Your not getting older your getting better! We love all the songs but really like more sixties stuff,! You were really rockin tonight! See you at the next show!
Everett & Susie Oaks
Urbana, Il USA - Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 00:27:12 (CDT)
What a wonderful time was had by all at the Epiphany Carnival last night. "What rain, it's just a few drops." This band can bring it even behind a tarp. I'm still laughing. Thank you, thank you, thank you for continuing to work your special magic. Fun IS the best thing to have.
Ingrid <iejohnsyahoo.com>
Normal, IL USA - Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 13:48:40 (CDT)
Hi guys,In a few short weeks ill be "celebrating" my 60th B day.My wife hire you for my surprise 50th at Weaver Ridge in peoria ---- people still talk about that being the BEST party they have ever been to.It really was an amazing nite.If I recall correctly Billy Ray must have just celebrated his 60th ....hope it was good.I see you are going to be in normal on the 19th, if I can make it happen Id like to come over.Was disapointed to not see any dates in peoria this summer. Take Care Ken Ferino
ken ferino <kcd413comcast.net>
peoria , il USA - Wednesday, June 03, 2009 at 22:07:36 (CDT)
Wow, I stumbled across your website today. My family and I used to watch you guys all the time when you came to the Danville Area. Hope you guys make a return so I can bring my family to show them a great band and a great time.
Andrew Musson <andrewuaclgic.com>
Fairmount, IL USA - Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 07:55:04 (CDT)
Hello, i dont know if you guys remember me, but i used to follow you around all the time with my dad. I want to come and see you guys again someday. -Jordan Hammel.
Jordan Hammel <shar-peelive.com>
Washburn, WI USA - Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 16:41:45 (CDT)
Went to see you guys again last night at Gibson City. What a great time as usual. You guys are great and know how to have a good time. Hope to see you again soon
Dot Lange
USA - Sunday, February 08, 2009 at 07:14:56 (CST)
I went to the I hotel for New Years eve with my sister. What a great idea. It was fun (as always) and a great way to spend New Years and not have to worry about driving! I hope they do it again.
belinda moser <auntbea78hotmail.com>
cissna park , ill USA - Monday, January 05, 2009 at 12:29:49 (CST)
The New Years Eve bash at the IHotel (aka IHopHotel) was a blast. Very nice crowd and very nice location. I always have a nice time when I go to see you. What a way to start the new year. Thank you captain rat the blind rivets you are great.
Dot Lange <dotlangehotmail.com>
Onarga , Il USA - Sunday, January 04, 2009 at 07:39:38 (CST)
Saw you guys last night in Springfield. First time I have ever seen your Christmas show and as usual you left nothing in Champaign. You guys always do a great job with music, entertaining and about anything else asked of you. Listening to Todd talk about the places the Tim use to play at in Springfield really goest back, scary part is I use to frequent some of those places as well. Hope to see you again soon.
Robbin <robbinmwii.net>
Auburn, IL USA - Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 09:29:15 (CST)
I brought 2 of my children to see your performance at the festival in Forsyth Saturday. My 17 year old daughter loved you! I was deleriously ecstatic to see you perform once again, as always. My 12 year old son was agonizingly bored - How do you figure? Your number one fan
cathy <cnaritokusiumed.edu>
springfield, IL USA - Monday, July 28, 2008 at 09:35:27 (CDT)
Haven't forgotten about the band since seeig them in Peoria (I think) in the mid-80's. Was telling my 14-yr old son about the best live band I'd ever seen, back in the day..."Capt Rat and the BR's." "Dad, we should Google them to see what comes up." and here you are. Great to see that you're still in biz and that the toys still come out. Write if you get out west. I've talked you up big time with my kid, so seeing you again live would make our day. Kent Henderson
Kent Henderson <krhenderson1cox.net>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 15:52:20 (CDT)
Saw you guys at sheffied homecoming had a ball, just wanted to say hi an great singing an great show, thanks for the entertanment
Mike&Trudy Holmes <holmes21895verizon.net>
wyoming, il USA - Monday, June 16, 2008 at 21:43:58 (CDT)
Hey...how often does cr&br book gigs...youre like becoming extinct...now thats not right...like the new pixs on website...from the bageltown rat people...ps....hope u get sum gigs...tell Buster hello for me...take care.... Hope to see you all very soon....We do have Bagelfest here in Mattoon...in July...we also have a website www.mattoonillinois.org...that would be cool to see you play here...that would really rock this town.... Take care....Linda...Keep rawkin....
Linda <candylover17yahoo.com>
bageltown, il USA - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 22:32:23 (CST)
I saw your new CD in Game Day in CU yesterday and couldn't believe it! My husband ('79 LAS) and I ('81 ENG) were visiting our freshman on campus. Seeing your name brought back WAVES of memories! It was SO cool to see you guys were still out there performing! Thanks so much for the wonderful memories.
Terry Wellman
IL USA - Sunday, February 24, 2008 at 15:26:15 (CST)
Just a short thank you to the U of I Alumni Association for including us in the 2007/08 California Rose Bowl experience. All of us in the band agree that the NYEve Gala at Loew's Santa Monica Beach Hotel was perhaps the most fun gig ever. And then after only sleeping a few scant hours it was off to the Official UIAA TailGate Bash at the Rose Bowl which was fabulous....thanks for making us feel like real rock stars on the boffo stage with 4 huge video screens and pro-quality TV cameras capturing our every move...and even on nationwide ABC tv as well....let's do it again! Even better than the last Rose Bowl! Thanks UIAA for partnering with Captain Rat & The Blind Rivets on this great, once in a lifetime experience! Go Illini. And thanks to all our fans and fellow U of I alums who bought our newly released Fighting Illini In Pasadena CD. A magical whirlwind experience indeed for everyone. Todd Modern...from the RatHeadquarters.
Todd Modern <contactcaptainratandtheblindrivets.com>
USA - Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 20:08:23 (CST)
Check out the website for the Pasadena trip!!! We're here in Sunny California and we'll be posting new pics each day. Click on the site below for new Rat Pics from 07/08 Rose Bowl Tour! http://www.captainratandtheblindrivets.350.com/Captain_Rat_and_the_Blind_Rivets_in_Pasadena.htm
Ultra Rod Modern <terry.prillamanactil.net>
USA - Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 12:16:31 (CST)
Love the video - hope you didn't pay Herm too much for it though. Can't make it to Pasadena, but I'll be wearing my Chief hat as Zook and the boys kick butt. Sad to say that my last CRBR gig was the Julie and Whatshisname's wedding. You guys need a Florida vacation. I run into lots of alums who love and RESPECT CRBR. Jason Byany Means Necessary
Jason Means <meansjcomcast.net>
sarasota, FL USA - Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 22:08:50 (CST)
Hi guys~I just ordered the CD. Its been forever since I have gotten to come to a show. I am having withdrawels!!
Sherlyn <srh1956yahoo.com>
Rossville, Il USA - Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 18:27:39 (CST)
I'm looking at pictures from when we were all there 24 years ago. It just can't be that long! I will not make it this trip, but have a great time... make them WIN this go around. I just ordered your CD for at home entertainment during the game. All is well in Boulder, CO. Have great holidays.
Ian G <iggy61aol.com>
Boulder, CO USA - Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 12:07:08 (CST)
Are you going to re-release the "Illini goint to Pasadena" song? When will it be released and where can we get a copy of it? I would like a copy for my son for Christmas. He was not born when the Illini went the last time. Thank you guys, I remember you all.
Cyndi <cglehighatt.net>
Urbana, IL USA - Friday, December 14, 2007 at 21:19:17 (CST)
I love you Illini Song, I can hardly wait to get a copy please let me know when it might be available. Thanks and have a great holiday
Cathy Paceley <paceleyuiuc.edu>
Sadorus, IL USA - Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 11:34:27 (CST)
I loved hearing the song about the Illini going to Pasadena. I was wondering if there is a way I can get a copy of it!
Heather <Bubbly0769hotmail.com>
Danville, IL USA - Monday, December 10, 2007 at 18:55:38 (CST)
I am tryijng to plan a trip around your band. We saw you in a small town outside of St. Louis. I was wondering if you were going to be in a town within 2 hours of St. Louis anytime soon. I am on your mailing list for the reply.
jfrieda
USA
- Monday, January 15, 2007 at 13:47:19 (CST)
saw you guys @ Fairfield friday Oct 27...my band the Fender benders were playing next door...you guys are great!!!...we wanted to stay and watch your show...great song selection...any band with a bass player with a Ampeg SVT is allright by me!!!! BC...AKA (Mr Groovy)
Bill Cooper <mrgroovy@sbcglobal.net>
Vincennes, IN USA
- Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at 13:38:05 (CST)
Been a fan since the Mosey's years in Bloomington, Il and the Rose Bowl year in Champaign. Just wondered if you have and CD's for sale
Mark Chiaventone <fanof24@verizon.net>
Normal, Il USA - Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 21:53:44 (CDT)
What a HOT show in Melvin!! WOW! It took 2 days to fully recover, but ready for more of The Captain! We'll have to try to organize a road trip to Monticello for this year's Celebration there. I told our friends you'd be taking a break in a couple songs, and.... 8 songs later you were still playing! Some fun never changes, and THAT WAS FUN! Wondering if you've got anymore 'official' Rat T's that I can sweat out to the oldies?!?!
Mark Herman <markh@hkusa.com>
Mahomet, IL USA - Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at 14:10:48 (CDT)
Yep, Still got it... Good tunes at this years "Taste of CU"... Bummer,Bummer about Broomcorn - What are they thinking? Like the tent isn't FULL and ROCKIN !!!!! Well they can just dip that committee in Preperation "H" from our point of view. Keep on Guys ! Bill & Peggy
William Little <illini@shelbywb.coop>
Neoga, Il USA - Monday, June 26, 2006 at 08:32:36 (CDT)
Great to hear the latest news about you guys. Your performances were a fantastic memory of my PhD days at the U of I! Do you have any CD's or casette tapes available? I have a friend that wants a sample of your music.
Bob Stark <stark@uamont.edu>
Monticello, AR USA - Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 10:14:58 (CDT)
Hello from the Mattoon area....whats goin on with yous guys...I was starting to think that you all were becoming somewhat ...extinct...nahhhh Not CR&BR ..that wouldnt happen....What I want to know is are you going to be performing at the Illinois State Fair this year....>>???? So sorry to hear about the gigs at the Broom Corn Festival...hey I have an idea ,,,try getting in at the Bagelfest here in Mattoon next month,,,,that would be so cool.... Nice to see that youre all up and performing more...sure do miss hearing u all...are you all doing the Harvest Picnic in Windsor again this year....Great new pics of the guys too ....YOURE ALL AWESOME>>>> take care....a devoted fan always...Linda
Linda Wines <auntlinna21@yahoo.com>
USA - Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at 23:25:28 (CDT)
Sorry Ratfans but we will not be performing at the Arcola Broomcorn Festival this year (2006); Apparently their entertainment committee decided to go with other forms of entertainmnet as a change of pace. Sorry...but not our doing. We'd highly suggest coming to the Monticello Celebration this September instead. It's become one of our favorite summer festival gigs and a guaranteed good time! And of course....don't think of missing the Ford County Fair in July....a "must attend" for anyone in need of some summertime CR&BR Therapy!
Todd Modern/Rat Headquarters <rlprillama@aol.com>
Urbana, IL USA - Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 22:49:36 (CDT)
Haven't seen anything about the Arcola Broomcorn festival yet. It's gotten to be a yearly tradition with us. Still on for '06?
John & Terry <johann@maplecity.com>
Monmouth, Il USA - Tuesday, June 06, 2006 at 16:26:15 (CDT)
Oops, got the date wrong, Cinema Gallery on June 3 at 6PM.
Laurie weller <lweller2297@msn.com>
Denton, TX USA - Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 19:11:45 (CDT)
Roger, My calendar is coming up blank. I don't see you in the bios. None of this is good news. What's up? Karen
Karen Cope <karenkcope@sbcglobal.net>
Watseka, IL USA - Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 22:28:09 (CDT)
I've came to your website looking for your appearance schedule and found it, but I have to click on each month and date. Do you have it somewhere in a format similar to how you posted it in 2000? Then I could get a listed printout of your appearance, which I could easely refer to.
A Highland Fan <vinpride@consolidated.net>
Highland, IL USA - Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 09:45:13 (CDT)
Hi Mark, Remember me? Dan the Jimmy Buffett Guy from Bloomington, I recorded at your studio several times in the early 90's. I read in the earlier posts, the passing of your Mother, please except my condolences. Long Live The "Rivets"! Dan
Dan Rocco <Pirates@WorldsOfDanRocco.com>
Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 18:32:04 (CDT)
Tim, we'll be in Urbana at the Cinema Gallery on Main Street for my show that opens June 4, will be up through July 8. Hope you can get by at some point and see the paintings! Enjoyed the last time I saw you guys perform, think it was July 4, 99!
Laurie Weller <lweller2297@msn.com>
Denton, TX USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 14:37:12 (CDT)
You did my sister's wedding on November 6, 2004, in Cincinnati Ohio on the Bell of Cincinnati, on BB Riverboats. I have never had so much fun at a wedding reception, as I did at this one. You guys were great!!!!! The wedding was for Stacy and Melissa Duzan
Teresa Brooks <tbrooks41074@fuse.net>
Dayton, KY USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 17:33:54 (CDT)
Another great performance at St. Peters, Mo. Knights of Columbus hall. We brought along two other couples who had never seen your show and they want to see you guys again. One couple was from Bulgaria and recently became U.S. citizens and were amazed at the music and show. Keep up the good rockin n roll'in and we will see you again. Brenda Hausafus (hot pink poodle skirt gal)
Brenda Hausafus <brenhaus@piasanet.com>
Godfrey, Il USA - Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 14:46:35 (CST)
My friend says you have a cd for sale. How can I get one?
tom mungenast <tmungena@sbgnet.com>
st. louis, mo USA - Friday, January 06, 2006 at 14:42:35 (CST)
Mark... Our sypathies in the loss of your mother.....rick and jean
rick inram <mowog1@aol.com>
St.Joseph, IL USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 12:03:25 (CST)
Many thanks to your band for the best Christmas party our firm has ever had. We have received many rave reviews and thank you's from our employees. All have requested that we book your band again in the future. Thanks again and keep on playing. Look forward to hearing you more in the future. Kemper CPA Group LLP.
Jack Wetzel <jwetzel@kcpag.com>
Champaign, IL USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2005 at 08:49:57 (CST)
Great site. I love the pictures!
Clint <cvan_grevenhof@millikin.edu>
Morris, Il USA - Monday, November 28, 2005 at 22:22:35 (CST)
The Founders of the Christian County Ghost Hunters Society is having a Halloween party at their home on Oct. 29th, 2005. This Party is a Potluck Party so bring your favorite Dish and nonalcoholic drinks. Come to Celebrate Halloween and the couples one year anniversery, They were married on Halloween of 2004. Bring along your ghost stories and other paranormal stories as well. If you have any games bring them as well like bobby for apples and any other Halloween games. bring prizes. Remember Kids may be at the party too. Some stuff that may happen: Seance, Reg. and Glow in the Dark Oujia Board, Pychic Circle, reg. board games, Halo 2, Horror movies and maybe more. Starts at 5pm to ????. Address: 700 North Ridge Ave Taylorville, IL 62568 Please Email us if you are coming and what you are bringing.
CCGHS <ccghs@familyonline.com>
Taylorville, IL USA - Friday, October 28, 2005 at 21:22:24 (CDT)
WELL...........finally the class of 1970 had its FIRST reunion.......35 years and aren"t we all so proud to be able to say we have a STAR who has made it big. You make us proud Roger Dodger.......thanks for showing up to the reunion..........cool hip and all that jazz. Shelley
Shelley <shelleycatlady@aol.com>
danville, il USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 at 11:11:18 (CDT)
My husbans and I enjoyed seeing you this last Saturday in MOnticello Ill, on Sept.17th, for the Monticello Celebration, you guys are allways hallarious to watch and fun to listen to, we try to catch you, when we know your going to bearound. Thanks for being a great band for us to go out and listen to, when we can.
deleana henry <Deleanah@msn.com>
camargo, Il USA - Monday, September 19, 2005 at 17:26:55 (CDT)
ya thanks Mark for helping us with the recording you guys rock and we cant wait to get de mastered version, peace out dudes.
J.R. Crego <jrcrego@hotmail.com>
colfax, ill USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 16:25:59 (CDT)
hey, ive never heard u ever but my friend jr (u guys helped his band, bulletproof, record a record) says u rock
jake <jaker_125@hotmail.com>
cooksville, il USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 16:22:01 (CDT)
WE love hearing you play. We are glad to find your web site so we can follow you alittle easier.
Stacey Langston <artynstacy@sbcglobal.net>
Vandalia, IL USA - Sunday, September 11, 2005 at 10:02:00 (CDT)
u guys friggin' rock. u guys are the best party and drunken time EVER. thanx for the great times. i love you!
jordo panorno <jrgolde@ilstu.edu>
onarga, IL USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 16:37:06 (CDT)
What a great show at the Fairbury Fair!!!! Such phenomenal energy and a great sound. Thanks for rocking our little world.
Diane Pawlowski <museum@bloomingtonnormal.net>
Fairbury, IL USA - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 11:17:50 (CDT)
CR&TBL: Good to see you're still carrying on! Any Atlanta gigs coming up? ;-) Timmy Ray: Whazzup?
Dave Ross <daveross56@alltel.net>
Monroe, GA USA - Friday, August 19, 2005 at 18:03:28 (CDT)
Heard you for the first time in Gilman at the Good Old Boys you were excellent just as everyone had told us. Where are you playing Labor day week end and also New Years eve? Would love to celebrat New Years with your band. Thank you for a great show.
Linda <lindajim@netoptioninc.net>
Milford, IL USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 19:45:45 (CDT)
Great 25th anniversary show at Hessel Park in Champaign. Keep on rockin for another 25!
Dan <vancatalan@yahoo.com>
USA - Sunday, August 07, 2005 at 22:47:44 (CDT)
Just saw you for the first time in Edwardsville. You were all great! My children had fun sitting near the stage and watching you perform too. Had fun dancing, also!
chris <cdanenls@sbcglobal.net>
edwardsville, USA - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 15:44:13 (CDT)
Why don't you guys ever play "My Pal Foot-Foot?"
Jeff Elbel <sunnyroses@aol.com>
Wheaton, IL USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 10:06:54 (CDT)
Awesome show as usual at the Great Ford County Fair! My sisters and I had a great time - Captain Rat at the fair is always a summer tradition we look forward to! We love you guys!!!!
Anita Jackson <ajackson@frtrailer.com>
Piper City, IL USA - Monday, July 18, 2005 at 10:23:25 (CDT)
The concert at the Edwardsville City Park last night was great!! I've seen you at the Crystal Ballroom in Staunton in the past, hope to see you at the park again next year!
Marilyn <marilynsnell@msn.com>
Edwardsvill, IL USA - Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 19:54:40 (CDT)
Do you have any CD's or Videos available? A friend would like to hear some of your work. Bob Stark UIUC '93
Bob Stark <stark@uamont.edu>
Monticello, AR USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 14:12:25 (CDT)
Great Site!
Frank <frank@lesetipp24.org>
USA - Monday, July 11, 2005 at 11:40:38 (CDT)
Hey Ratfans - 7/05 - We're back from Paradise Islands, Bahamas where we played July 4 at the famous Atlantis Resort and Casino for a Psychadelic 60's Beach Party. Also on the bill were our friends 1964/Beatles Reunion. People from all over the world and did they rock out. A great time. Sorry we couldn't keep with tradition and play in C-U this year....but an opportunity to play out of the country at such a fabulous resort (with a couple extra days of R&R thrown in) was too much to pass up. Should we return to Atlantis we extend a hearty invite to all of our fans to come on down (hurricanes permitting that is)and join in the spectacular fun. By the way, this August marks the 25th anniversary of Captain Rat & The Blind Rivets. We may do a little something extra to celebrate the first weekend in August at Fat City Saloon or our Hessel Park gig. Check out our full calendar as there's tons of great summer events all over the state.....and of course, bring your lawchairs. Todd Modern, Captain Rat & The Blind Rivets
Todd Modern <rlprillama@aol.com>
Urbana, IL USA - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 22:28:36 (CDT)
You guys were great in Onarga. I had such a good time. Hopet you are back real next year.
Dot Lange <lange@mwisp.net>
Onarga, Illinois USA - Thursday, July 07, 2005 at 20:08:42 (CDT)
I look forward to seeing you guys in Edwardsville ! We are off that night so we plan to come and party !! Great Band !!!
Tim Biggs <theflatbrokeband@hotmail.com>
Highland, IL USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 20:42:59 (CDT)
hey like the new look of the main webpage....missed seeing you all ..cant wait to see you all againnn...rock on.////
Linda <auntlinna21@yahoo.com>
Mattoon, IL USA - Monday, June 06, 2005 at 14:58:24 (CDT)
Greetings to Mark and the gang in Champaign.
dt <azjazzacademy@aol.com>
Tucson, AZ USA - Monday, May 30, 2005 at 00:48:38 (CDT)
It was great to see everyone out at 2005 Clinton Maydayslast night (5/21/05)...our first outdoors fest of the year. A great time was had by all and just a warm-up for all the great out-of0-doors venues we'll be gracing this summer. Gentlemen: Start Your Engines!
Todd Modern <rlprillama@aol.com>
Urbana, IL USA - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 19:44:17 (CDT)
-->Hi guys, Miss you. Just checking to see where you were playing tonight! Hope we get to see you soon.
Marion Skidmore <bowtiemike@charter.net>
Monroe, CT USA, NY USA - Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 22:16:37 (CST)
My friends and I are looking forward to seeing your group for the first time. (on the 19th) We have heard much about you from Brenda Hausafus and I have a bulleton up in my hair salon to spread the word. See you then! Lindy Laughlin
Lindy Laughlin <LINDYS4HAIR@SBCGLOBAL.NET>
aLTON, iL USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 17:10:49 (CST)
I am looking forward to another great night of song and dance with your group at the Crystal Ballroom for the Staunton Chicken and Beer Dance on February 19, 2005. I am promoting this event in my area of Alton and Godfrey, Il. I thank you for your great style and personalities and making it a memorable night of fun. KEEP ON ROCKIN'
Brenda Hausafus <brenhaus@piasanet.com>
Godfrey, Il USA - Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 15:58:15 (CST)
Hey Guys: I first heard you back around 1978 or so in the St. Peters/St. Charles Area. I loved your band and went to all of the gigs you played in our area. I started my own band after watching you guys and named it "Butch Wax & The Hollywoods." This year marks our 20th anniversary. I always loved your shows and designed Butch Wax after the way you guys did your stuff. I just heard you were playing in St. Peters on February 26th and I don't have a gig that night so I'll be there. Cant wait to see you guys again! GENE (Butch Wax)
Gene Ackmann <gene@butchwax.net >
Warrenton, MO USA - Saturday, January 08, 2005 at 09:55:19 (CST)
Hi, fellers!(& Mrs. 'Rat')! You put on one heck of a show @ the Virginia! It was great hangin' out w/ you & thanks for your generosity. We MISS you guys! Maybe we'll see you in Staunton. L call P. We WILL see you! Happy New Year!!!
Pat & Eric <ethompson@althoffinsurance.com>
Sigelonia, IL USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 18:02:40 (CST)
It's been too long since we've seen you! Tell 'Mrs.Rat' we will see her and all of you with our Tons O' Fun friends at the Virginia on the 20th!!! Sigelonian Smiles and Peace. Pat & Eric
Pat & Eric <ethompson@althoffinsurance.com>
Sigel, IL USA - Monday, November 01, 2004 at 19:52:56 (CST)
Hey Todd - you need to check the messages - High Dive was 'interesting'. The crowd was a bit on the diverse side but the music was great as usual. Good job guys!! `
Bill & Peggy Little <bplittle@rr1.net>
Neoga, Il USA - Monday, November 01, 2004 at 19:28:30 (CST)
your show was fabulous in springfield saturday!! thankyou so much, i really enjoyed it. i enjoyed chatting with you too. you look just as buff now as 20 years ago! cathy 793-9982
cathy naritoku <cnaritoku@aol.com>
springfield, il USA - Sunday, September 26, 2004 at 08:09:09 (CDT)
i remember the one and only time i saw you folks perform in urbana around 1982. you were unforgetable. i look forward to seeing you perform again this weekend in springfield.
cathy naritoku <cnaritoku@aol.com>
springfield, IL USA - Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at 10:04:10 (CDT)
Broomcorn & the Captain - yep, "They still got it" Great show guys! We enjoyed the new 'tunes' and just had a awesome time.
Bill & Peggy Little <bplittle@rr1.net>
Neoga, Il. USA - Sunday, September 12, 2004 at 13:30:26 (CDT)
You guys were GREAT!! Al and I received nothing but GREAT reviews about your band. We love you guys and hope to see you soon. Thanks Again for a GREAT Time!!
Barb Cameron (Wycoff) <bdwycoff@aol.com>
Rantoul, IL USA - Monday, September 06, 2004 at 22:14:27 (CDT)
I just came from the Wycoff wedding reception...you guys are great. I want you to play at my wedding if I can ever find a sucker to marry me
Linda Capozzi <redboots9@hotmail.com>
champaign, il USA - Sunday, September 05, 2004 at 20:07:53 (CDT)
Saw you in Windsor last night! Great as usual! My parents just moved down here from the Peoria area and saw you last night since seeing you play at the Hub in Edelstien, IL. My mom was so excited to see y'all again it just made her day! I miss seeing you here in Strasburg at the Trestle! What a great time was had by all when the Trestle was open and you guys where playing. Just wanted to thank you for making us have fun.
Cheryl Wirth <cherylwirth@yahoo.com>
Strasburg, IL USA - Saturday, August 21, 2004 at 16:39:08 (CDT)
So what do we call Jeff Recordservice now?
The Bank Girls <anywho5249@yahoo.com>
USA - Thursday, August 19, 2004 at 15:44:10 (CDT)
Guys, we expected a big show in Villa Grove and you delivered. It was great having you and we look forward to your 2005 Ag Days appearance. Thanks again and have fun in Carbondale!!
Lon Tay <lon.tay@hillardagency.com>
Villa Grove, IL USA - Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at 10:13:46 (CDT)
Hey Guys- We just watched our wedding reception video from Aug, 1992! What fun we all had! Hope y'all still rock out like the good ol' days?!? Maybe for a 40th birthday party soon? Ciao- jeanlouise
Jean Louise and Patrick Lilly <scout64@lillyengineering.com>
hawthorn woods, il USA - Wednesday, August 11, 2004 at 21:38:47 (CDT)
When are you coming up near Chicago ?!?
Anita <anitathemommy@aol.com>
USA - Monday, June 28, 2004 at 22:54:58 (CDT)
We have seen you several time and have loved your show. We would like to see you closer to Taylorville again. My Kids just love to watch you guys. Thanks for a great show.
Delorse <sphars@aol.com>
Taylorville, IL USA - Saturday, June 26, 2004 at 07:46:55 (CDT)
Just wanted to say that when I was 9 or 10 (1993-94) I used to come see you perform every year at Mt. Olive Homecoming, and although I haven't been back there in several years, I'm planning on seeing the show there on Saturday. I'm sure I'll still love it as much as I used to, and this time I'm bringing a friend along to experience the magic!
Misty Fritz <istytehcrawk@gmail.com>
Gillespie, IL USA - Friday, June 18, 2004 at 00:32:51 (CDT)
Just checkin the site. Got good news as you will be back at Broomcorn in 2004. We got smart, this year we have reserved a camping site and will just stay there. Don't want John Law getting his underwear all tied up in knots. Will try to make it to Clinton this weekend. I need a Rat Fix!
Bill & Peggy Little <bplittle@rr1.net>
Neoga, Il. USA - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 20:55:07 (CDT)
Hey Ratfans: Check out our summer calendar. It's happening! Dust off those lawnchairs and get out the dancin' shoes. From the Captain Rat &BR Headquarters.
Todd Modern <rlptillama@aol.com>
Urbana, IL USA - Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at 23:30:39 (CDT)
HI, Recently, I was cleaning out my basement closet and came across an old 45 RPM sky blue nylon record that you made. It is dated 1984. On side A is : CUBS CUBS CUBS and on side B is Sugar Sugar. Can you give me any background on the CUBS song on the record. I have not played it yet because I do not have a record player any more. Anyway, I am just looking for some information on it like : Why was it made? For who? Do you still play it? And anything else you can tell me about it. My son and I are Cubs fans and are curious about it. Thank you in advance for your time. Steve
STEVE DEMPSKI <JD120844@AOL.COM>
WADSWORTH, IL USA - Friday, February 06, 2004 at 10:48:10 (CST)
Hey Uncle Tim. Nice Website!
Cody Schultz and Lynn Vear <Lynn_Vear-pvt@condenast.com>
Mill Valley, CA USA - Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 18:13:46 (CST)
What a great New Years Eve party! You guys are awesome!
T Devine <bigblkdevn@yahoo.com>
Dyer, IN USA - Friday, January 23, 2004 at 20:00:12 (CST)
Holy Cow! Our twentieth year of following the band around Central Sillinois!! And it just gets better every year!!! Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year to everyone associated with Captain Rat - Rock On & On - Tom & Sue
Tom & Sue <TLS51749@aol.com>
Bloomington, IL USA - Monday, December 29, 2003 at 17:41:51 (CST)
I'm from Mattoon,IL now in FL since "91". saw your site and it brought back memories of seeing you play there. We all loved seeing and hearing you play (early 1980s) LOL! you guys are great! We all wish you were down here! Miss your act and your great sounds. Best wishes, Happy Holidays!
Jay Bolin <jbolin@commercialinteriorsjax.com>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Wednesday, December 17, 2003 at 13:40:15 (CST)
I remember Chris, and Tim, and Wiz and Dion, and Randy Headband, I missed Scott’s going away party, what a waste. Thanks for letting me stay in your Basement. Rock on. Don
Don (Little Hippy) <meddesign@yahoo.com>
USA - Monday, December 15, 2003 at 19:32:27 (CST)
Hey, you zany guys, miss being in the C-U area to keep track of your musical exploits, but enjoying semi-retirement from the U of I with my Mrs. and her family here in the Indy area. Still follow the Illini, but now it's also Colts and Pacers. Working in a band called Etched In Stone, will be playing out in a month or so. Keys, bass, drums, percussion and an awesome lead vocalist highlight such artists as Santana, Fleetwood Mac, The Cars, Matchbox 20, Train and Creed, as well as some of Eric's originals. We visit the Shampoo-Banana scene once or twice a month...if you guys do the 4th again, we'll try to hook up for some more Steppenwolf jams or whatever...take care and keep 'em laughin' and rockin'. Oh, and do you have any recent CD's?
Larry Drake <bassman914@yahoo.com>
Greenwood, IN USA - Sunday, December 14, 2003 at 09:31:38 (CST)
Hey, you zany guys, miss being in the C-U area to keep track of your musical exploits, but enjoying semi-retirement fro the U of I with my Mrs. and her family here in the Indy area. Still follow the Illini, but now it's also Colts and Pacers. Working in a band called Etched In Stone, will be playing out in a month or so. Keys, bass, drums, percussion and an awesome lead vocalist highlight such artists as Santana, Fleetwood Mac, The Cars, Matchbox 20, Train and Creed, as well as some of Eric's originals. We visit the Shampoo-Banana scene once or twice a month...if you guys do the 4th again, we'll try to hook up for some more Steppenwolf jams or whatever...take care and keep 'em laughin' and rockin'. Oh, and do you have any recent CD's?
Larry Drake <bassman914@yahoo.com>
Greenwood, IN USA - Sunday, December 14, 2003 at 09:31:04 (CST)
What an enjoyable website. Love to hear more of your stuff. Gino
Gino <joe_friday33@yahoo.com>
Norwalk, Ohio USA - Saturday, November 08, 2003 at 15:51:50 (CST)
Hi Rat Band.. Found your page while surfing. Great page,and dig your song list. We're a classic rock cover band from the Catskill mountains of N.Y. state. We do about 1/3 of our gigs in the Pocono mountains of Pa., as well as northern New Jersey. Come visit us, when you have the time, and feel free to join our "support live music" web ring. Both links attatched. Best, and keep on rockin'. Dan Side F/X band. http://sidefxclassicrock.com Band page. http://sidefxclassicrock.com/livmusic/live.htm Support live music web ring
Dan <dan@sidefxclassicrock.com>
Catskill mountains, NY USA - Tuesday, November 04, 2003 at 13:34:11 (CST)
Hi Fellas, I was listening to the radio when PUSHIN'TOO HARD, stopped me in my workoholic tracks. I thought, I need Captain Rat. I called Herm-dog and plan to visit you guys soon! Please send me stuff and feel free to e-mail.
SKOOG <eskoog@antioch34.com>
USA - Friday, October 17, 2003 at 15:32:09 (CDT)
Do you guys have a CD out? Where can I get one? You guys ROCK!
Nicki <alexandn@ic.edu>
Jacksonville, IL USA - Thursday, October 16, 2003 at 13:38:33 (CDT)
Hey RatFans - From the CR&BR Headquarters: For those wanting our Cubs,Cubs Cubs CD it is available here in Champaign-Urbana at Borders, Barnes and Noble and Record Service.
Todd Modern <rlprillama@aol.com>
Urbana, IL USA - Monday, October 13, 2003 at 21:52:10 (CDT)
i would like to get your music for my mom and dad please help
lenora dove <mickyfan22000@yahoo.com>
terre haute, in USA - Monday, October 13, 2003 at 19:40:44 (CDT)
Tim, Do you have a digital copy of Cubs, Cubs, Cubs you can e-mail me, I will get it on the air at our local Hillsdale Michigan radio station, maybe a few others as Detroit tried to set the "most games lost" record. I have the 45rpm somewhere but can not locate it. Keep up the great work! You cousin, Steve Vear Steve@vear.com
Steve Vear <steve@vear.com>
Hillsdale, MI USA - Saturday, October 11, 2003 at 07:55:20 (CDT)
Great Job with the Cubs,Cubs,Cubs song. We love it. Please let us know when it will be available in Decatur. We are requesting it in all the music stores! Thanks & Keep Us Rockin !
David & Stephanie <StephanienDavid@aol.com>
Decatur, IL USA - Friday, October 10, 2003 at 08:51:47 (CDT)
just heard the song on the radio. congrats on the really big time. tink you guys are great. keep up the great stuff. bob and karen kalal
bob kalal <kgobble@soltec.net>
ogden, il USA - Thursday, October 09, 2003 at 18:23:36 (CDT)
Hi Guys, Thanks a million for the CUBS, CUBS, CUBS! We've had lots of requests for it, particulary where to get it. Are you going to make it commercially available? Lots of folks have emailed and called about getting a copy. If it's available, please let them know! Lon Ray, Lon and Patti, Mornings on Oldies 92.5 WKIO.
Lon Ray <studio@wkio.com>
Champaign, IL USA - Wednesday, October 08, 2003 at 09:07:05 (CDT)
Aloha. I just surfed in. Many greetings. Great site! KFZ Versicherung
KFZ Versicherung <kfz@qwe23.net>
USA - Tuesday, October 07, 2003 at 13:29:36 (CDT)
Hey guys, I was just looking through e-bay, and I saw someone selling a shirt from Huey's in Urbana. That made me think of my days at the U of I ('80 - '84), and of course, that made me think of Capt. Rat & The Blind Rivets at Mabel's on Green Street. I see that alot of those places are no more, but it was great to see that CAPT. RAT STILL TRIUMPHS. We had some of the greatest times at your shows, Afternoon Madness, Cruisin' for Burgers, etc. Halloween '84 was especially good! I think we even dressed up as you guys that year. My memory of that night wasn't that good twenty years ago, much less now. Great to see the website, I'll keep checking in to see if you're going to play up here around Chicago, or anytime in Champaign. Thanks for the memories & hope to see you sometime.
Terry Duber <blueking@bluekingdesign.com>
St. Charles, IL USA - Friday, September 26, 2003 at 09:59:47 (CDT)
if you can make candylovers mother smile you must be doing something right
candylover knows me <sheluvsme03>
shelbyville, il USA - Friday, September 26, 2003 at 00:26:03 (CDT)
Oh yeah!! Broomcorn was rockin again... WE had so much fun we decided to stay until Sunday - then we went home. Good job guys!!! The crowd was ready and the performance outstanding. Love the tee shirt!
Bill & Peggy Little <bplittle@rr1.net>
Neoga, Il USA - Wednesday, September 10, 2003 at 06:45:12 (CDT)
I absolutely love your shows! It's impossible to stay in your seat with all the great music and hysterical props. How did you come up with the name Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets, it's great. Keep it up!
Cheryl Hackett <chackett@bachrach.com>
Maroa, IL USA - Monday, September 08, 2003 at 16:45:02 (CDT)
Hi, What is your website address: would like to find out when and where you guys are playing. Thanks
Andrea <andrea1021@adelphia.net>
New Castle, PA USA - Sunday, August 31, 2003 at 19:26:12 (CDT)
Great band, guys! I look for you at all the fests in Central ILL all summer and fall. I've known Buster (JE) since before he sailed on the Crystal Ship. Keep up the great music!
Duane <duanewhitacre@hotmail.com>
Effingham, IL USA - Sunday, August 24, 2003 at 17:02:50 (CDT)
Hey, I love to come and hear Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets perform, you guys do such a great job with getting the crowd involved. It's just so much fun! My nephews absolutely love to come and hear you sing. They also love all of the different kinds of hats that Mark puts on. What really makes their day is when you play Wipe Out. My oldest nephew Kane's favorite song is Wipe Out. Thanks for the good music! Keep up the good work!
Twila <pianoplayin@yahoo.com>
Strasburg, Il. USA - Saturday, August 23, 2003 at 23:58:01 (CDT)
I told the Ottawa IL riverfest committee about you. You come highly recommended by a friend of yours that used to do some work for you. I got a reply from the committee so I hope they are quick to contact you about next summer, 2004. The basic time frame for the annual festival is wednesday through the first sunday in August (always ends the first sunday in August). We get typically very large crowds. Ron
Ron <ilovelife71@yahoo.com>
Ottawa, IL USA - Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 09:19:24 (CDT)
Hey, Great to see you back at the Freedom Celebration. Missed you all the past couple of years. I was very, very disapointed when you were not playing at the Celebration. The Fire Works in Champaign is not the same without you guys playing. I believe I first saw you guys several, several years ago when my brother took me to the Fire Works. It was gerat! You guys realy do put on a great show. We have our own Fire Works here in my home town, but Champaign has the greatest!! Along w/you guys it's the best! Keep up the god work! I have been going every year except the time you did not play. I don't like to miss it. This year brought my friends and they loved you all & the Fire works. Oh and I would of never guessed that Tim was 50. Thanks guys for signing our Captain Rat t-shirts. As you say "Rock On" Just Too Cool! Barbara
Barbara <barb379@yahoo.com>
IL USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at 02:34:06 (CDT)
Saw you guys at the Ford County fair again this year--this is about nine years running now. You guys never fail to entertain. Keep it up. I am hoping to see you guys at more places than just Ford County though. Thank you for all the years of great entertainment. Keep rockin'.
Jeff <bgbdwlf72@yahoo.com>
Paxton, IL USA - Monday, July 14, 2003 at 01:28:34 (CDT)
Thanks for allowing the occasional fan to tap into your mixing board to record your shows in Carbondale. I'm living in Arizona and haven't been able to see you since you played Sunset Concerts in the late 80's. I now have a tape of that show, and the June show, compliments of my friend with the mini-disc recorder! His recordings allow me to relive the magic of playing the "Gazebemost Gazebo that you ever done gadzooked in." Keep on sharing the magic! Thanks from a long-distance fan, formerly from C'dale.
Clint Potts <clint@c-3tech.com>
Chandler, AZ USA - Tuesday, July 01, 2003 at 00:22:55 (CDT)
You still got it!!!! Loved the show at Hessel, sorry it was shortened but looks like it is pouring up there now. Mark, Timmy, Todd and Buster - always a good show, and the new guy on sax can and does add to the sound. Did I hear Mark correctly, 23 years????? WOW ! Great music and we love to come hear you guys - see you at Broomcorn....
Bill & Peggy Little <bplittle@rr1.net>
Neoga, Il. USA - Sunday, June 29, 2003 at 21:32:57 (CDT)
Just got home from driving to Argenta to hear you guys. You were great as always....thanks for a great time! You should come to Bloomington more often. I remember hearing you play here when I just got out of high school and you were my favorite band...and of course still are many, many years later. Thanks for being so much fun!
Mary Ann <Blondiemad@aol.com>
Bloomington, Il USA - Saturday, June 28, 2003 at 01:33:10 (CDT)
This band is awesome and a ton of fun. They played at our grade school fundraiser and thanks to the great music we raised over $48,000 from an event attended by only 275 people. This band is great and makes a fundraiser more successful than you will ever know!
Erin Magnuson <erin_magnuson@hotmail.com>
Clarendon Hills, IL USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 21:50:58 (CDT)
I had the pleasure of seeing your band for the first time at the Taste of Champaign. You guys are super!!
Pat Doubet <patsy1801@aol.com>
Urbana, IL USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 08:40:39 (CDT)
Extremely accurate description, Mark. Rock on. and on.. Randy Headband (former member of Whopperlust, from Burger City and... co-founder with George, Tim, and Chris of the precursor to Ratsback in the fall of 1970 at Folk House, 404 S. Busey, Urbana. We did many of those same songs, had pie fights, smashed equipment, etc. for five years. Ask Tim about the Dallas gig, or the afterhours Carbondale/Decatur clubs, or backing strippers at Rantoul during the war...or the song he wrote for us to play at the Krannert Center..some sweet memories...the Byrds medley was great: "I think I"m going back..... A-2, Tim, A-2.) Just a friendly reminder, and here's an article/interview from CarbondaleRocks about this Thurday's upcoming sunset concert. Music CarbondaleRocks.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- who: Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets what: rock 'n' roll oldies/Sunset Concert where: Turley Park Gazebo/Carbondale, IL when: Thursday, June 19, 7-9pm Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets by Roger Trexler Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets have been performing classics of the 1950s and 1960s for twenty-three years. The band, which consists of Buster B. Dordaun on drums and vocals, Todd Modern on keyboards, trumpet, and vocals, Timmy Ray on vocals and guitar, Mark B. Rubel on bass and vocals, and recent addition Bart Bartonia on saxophone, delivers a fun, energetic rock 'n' roll circus atmosphere. The band has played with the likes of Carl Wilson and Cheap Trick, and has played huge venues like the Rose Bowl and Wrigley Field. Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets, the second Sunset Concert act, will play Thursday, June 19 at Turley Park at 7 p.m. Nightlife caught up with Mark B. Rubel and asked him some important questions. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- First, what's up with the name "Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets"? That has a lengthy history. I've been trying for years to come up with a good excuse for the name. Take your pick: One: we lost a bet. Two: the band was started by our great-great-great grandfathers, and we inherited the name. Three: it's part of the federal witness-relocation program.... Four: we chose it because it's so easy to remember? In reality, the band descended from an earlier version that sprang from another band called Ratsback, which came from the mystical observation that rats was star [spelled] backwards (hey, it was the seventies). Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets was the fifties/sixties offshoot of that band. "The Blind Rivets" came from the bodywork that the former band was doing on the schoolbus that the band traveled in. But if you can come up with a better explanation, by all means! Describe some of the music you perform. It's mostly fifties and sixties sort of party music. You know, the Ventures, Elvis, the Beach Boys, Frankie Valli. You know, "96 Tears," "Louie, Louie".... that kind of stuff. It's not like a nostalgia group, where you see somebody kind of plodding along. It's all done in an energetic way. What I say is we're like a cross between the Beach Boys, the Ramones, and the Marx Brothers. It's really got a kind of garage-rock energy. And we play ninety-minute sets without stopping. It's like one song after another with no break, no pauses. We just start slamming them out. It's a lot of high-energy jumping around and funny hats, masks, and stupid jokes. We do a lot of interacting with the crowd. We all have wireless gear and, much of the time, the only person on stage is the drummer. Everybody else is out in the crowd interacting with them. We respond very well to the crowd. Medium-aged people sort of get into the rock of it and older people, like us, like that particular kind of music, which is great. It really is great music, but it's nice to have it be alive... you know what I mean?.... And not sort of just warmed-over. We really do it in a very "in-the-moment" kind of way. We also do a lot of a cappella stuff, because when we rock we're rocking and then, usually, each set we'll stop and do five- or six-song just totally a cappella. We do "Don't Be Cruel" a cappella.... that kind of stuff. It's a nice break, so it's not just rock, rock, rock. We do some slow stuff too. It's good dancing music. It's cool.... We've always been more than just about playing. You see a lot of bands that are good or not good or whatever, they just stand there and play, like in their minds their job is to deliver the music. They don't look like they're having any fun. I can't stand that. I can't stand to watch people work! [I]t's certainly not entertainment to watch somebody [else] work. So even though we're all professionals outside the band-- we've got an attorney in the band, an engineer, a college professor, a counselor, et cetera.... [w]e're very serious about having great fun. It's not a showband in the sense that some showbands come out and do a routine, they do the exact same schtick. We do a lot of improvisation and we really strive to have, basically, as much fun as we can with each other. The music is good and the band is solid and we can kind of go beyond that to what we really see as the important thing... making people happy. That's really sort of a value that people don't see much these days. Which is one of the reasons, I think, for the downturn of the music industry as a whole. You get some grim person standing up there in black clothing looking like they're having dentistry done and you're like, "Wow, what am I going to pay for this for?" We just have a total blast. We try to entertain ourselves and, hopefully, in the process other people find it entertaining. Do you do any original music? We don't. It's straightahead fifties and sixties rock. Mostly American stuff, but we also do Beatles and a lot of surf music. We do "Wipe Out" and "Tequila." We all play a couple of instruments, so we kind of switch around once in awhile. Everybody sings. A lot of harmonies. It's a wonderful thing. There's nothing better than music when it's wonderful. There's nothing worse than seeing somebody working a job. You've been together a long time. What's kept the band together so long? Part of what makes it so fun for us is that it's not full time. We all have these other jobs during the week, and we just really just can't wait to play. Two or three nights in a row we are able to put all our energy into it because we know we're not going to have to do it the next night, and the next night, and the next. By the end of the weekend, we're ready to go back and do our other things. We've been cycling it that way and that's why we've been able to stay together for twenty-three years. Plus, we just happened to find a chemistry of personalities. We're able to get together, stay together, and be friends and not get on each other's nerves too much. It's unusual for marriages to last this long, much less a four-way band relationship. It's been a very interesting and enriching experience to be together this long. Our keyboard player's daughter graduated from high school last month. When she was born, the band had already been going four years! To go through life together in that way is a very wonderful thing. You have an interesting stage show. Describe it. Well, you can barely see the drum kit because it's entirely covered with stuffed animals and just weird objects that we buy at junk stores and garage sales. I wear a succession of masks and hats and play bass with tennis rackets and rolling pins, paint rollers, and toilet plungers. We all wear hats. There's a lot of random lunacy that really just keeps us entertained. A lot of weird, unexpected stuff happens. The greatest thing we've instituted lately is an applause sign. It lights up at the end of songs. It's really funny because it works. You turn the thing on and everybody goes wild. I wish I'd thought of it years ago. It's unlike anything you've ever seen. It's kind of an extravaganza sort of celebration. I kind of look at it as the circus coming to town. We play a lot of small towns, too, and it's interesting to take people out of their element. That's kind of what music is supposed to do, uplift people and take them out of themselves. And if it makes them happy to get up and dance, we try to encourage them to.
Randy Headband <rscott@alincolnbsa.org>
Burger City, IA USA - Monday, June 16, 2003 at 12:37:59 (CDT)
Will there be tattoo licking in Carbondale?????
Ruth <rutheirhart@effingham.net>
Effingham, IL USA - Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 00:24:39 (CDT)
Please send me information regarding your dates and prices. This would be for the Mc Lean Harvest Festival, in September. I've been a fan for over 20 years. Thanks.
Tom Harrell <jeharre@ilstu.edu>
Bloomington, Il USA - Monday, June 02, 2003 at 20:56:23 (CDT)
***Here's a note of thanks and information to those who have so kindly enquired about James Bowlin, the son of our lighting director Todd Bowlin: James is doing extremely well, and healing rapidly. He will suffer no permanent effects of his injuries, and greatly enjoyed his fourth birthday last Friday. We are all so very grateful that nothing worse transpired. Many thanks to all those who helped us and him! And, thanks to everyone who comes to our shows and shares in the fun. -MR
Mark Rubel <pogostudio@shout.net>
Champaign, IL USA - Sunday, May 25, 2003 at 20:20:30 (CDT)
Hey I was looking over the calendar..are u all still playing at the DQ car show in Shelbyville in June like u all did last yr??? Hope so...take care, and keep jammin on
captain rat fan <captainratfan2002@yahoo.com>
IL USA - Saturday, May 24, 2003 at 23:46:08 (CDT)
Hey guys great show at Maydays in Clinton!! We love yas!! Please pop me an email and let me know how the boy is doing who was hurt. We have all been praying for him at our church.
Alice Aber <stormy_girl1@hotmail.com>
Clinton, IL USA - Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 17:53:20 (CDT)
really enjoyed hearing you @ clinton maydays. hope the little boy is doing fine. see you @ decatur celebration.
wanda preston <wandoo914@hotmail.com>
USA - Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 22:54:05 (CDT)
hey, guys, we were first introduced to you guys @ the mt. olive, il homecomings about 1995-97 for a couple years. then about 1998, you guys weren't there. they brought in another band. we left!!! the last year we saw you guys, my kids got a signed t-shirt, and i got a signed picture. well, i just found the picture and there was a phone no. so, i called, & there you guys are, with a web site. we plan to see you guys again - I PROMISE! all; i have to do is look @ your calender and try to get off work. wish me luck. KEEP ROCKING and get MORE props. LOVE YOU GUYS! PS you guys have a place to stay if you ever play collinsville.
david <crsca68@aol.com>
collinsville, il USA - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 10:28:53 (CDT)
hey, guys, we were first introduced to you guys @ the mt. olive, il homecomings about 1995-97 for a couple years. then about 1998, you guys weren't there. they brought in another band. we left!!! the last year we saw you guys, my kids got a signed t-shirt, and i got a signed picture. well, i just found the picture and there was a phone no. so, i called, & there you guys are, with a web site. we plan to see you guys again - I PROMISE! all; i have to do is look @ your calender and try to get off work. wish me luck. KEEP ROCKING and get MORE props. LOVE YOU GUYS! PS you guys have a place to stay if you ever play collinsville.
david <crsca68@aol.com>
collinsville, il USA - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 10:28:49 (CDT)
I like how your band plays the good old rock n roll and brings it to many people. Music is a good healing tool which can make anyone happy. If happiness and having a good time with music are one's goals anything is possible. I hope to one day be able to make my living playing music also, just spreading the blues to the world.
Jim Fritz <jfritz@uiuc.edu>
Urbana, IL USA - Monday, April 28, 2003 at 22:34:59 (CDT)
We had a great time at the Chicken & Beer Dance in Staunton IL! Thanks for the pictures! Looking forward to your next show!
Randy & Sandy <RandynSandy@SBCGlobal.net>
High Ridge, MO USA - Monday, April 28, 2003 at 18:50:30 (CDT)
We love to come and watch you perform. Your a great band. Thanks for the intertainment.
Mike and Patti Wolff <pwolff_3@hotmail.com>
Altamont, IL USA - Tuesday, April 08, 2003 at 17:15:16 (CDT)
Come back to Peoria!!!
Michelle <Michelle@shearhod.org>
Peoria, IL USA - Sunday, April 06, 2003 at 11:06:57 (CDT)
YEAH!!!! FINALLY!!!! I just checked your calendar and discovered you'll be at the Champaign 4th of July!!!! After several years of calling and complaining to the 4th's organizers, they FINALLY brought you back. We have not attended the
Beckie Heller <baheller@hotmail.com>
champaign, il USA - Wednesday, April 02, 2003 at 12:39:28 (CST)
Hey guys, come to the Peoria area!!!
Friday Meeting Club <fmcpeoria@yahoo.com>
Peoria, IL USA - Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 19:49:45 (CST)
Saw you guys in Jan.at the New Lafayette Club in Bloomignton, IL...and you ROCK!! Have not danced and had so much fun in a LONG time!! Thanks so much for what you do!! I appreciate it!!
Sally <salgal999@aol.com>
Bloomington, Il USA - Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 22:45:39 (CST)
It has been another GREAT year following Captain Rat. From T-Town to the Hub, from the always rowdy Ford Co. Fair to a drive down the "Mother Road" to Springfield, and all of the other places in-between, we have once again had a fantastic time. HAPPY NEW YEAR and BEST WISHES for 2003 to everyone associated with Catain Rat.
Tom and Sue <Tls51749@aol.com>
Bloomington, IL USA - Wednesday, January 01, 2003 at 21:07:28 (CST)
Hello and I just wanted to say have a Happy New Year to Illinois most AWESOME band!!!! So Happy 2003 to Buster...Todd... Timmy Ray...and Mark...!!! Thanks for a great 2002!!!!!
miss_capn_rat_fan2003 <tropical_summer2002@yahoo.com>
Mattoon, IL USA - Monday, December 30, 2002 at 09:50:32 (CST)
Hey you guys rock, keep it up.
CCGHS <ccghs@metalmayham.com>
Taylorville, IL USA - Wednesday, November 13, 2002 at 12:43:55 (CST)
Roger, If you guys want to play the Chicago area, the Cubby Bear North is across the street from where Shades used to be (I think you were there once or twice) in Lincolnshire. They have live bands every Friday and Saturday night. Also, several North Shore suburbs have live music in town every week all summer. It's been so long since we saw you. Hope to see you again soon. Steve and Tina Apter
Steve Apter <aptersteve@netscape.net>
Highland Park, IL USA - Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 22:19:39 (CST)
I first saw Capt Rat using a fake i.d. at Mabel's when I was 14...many years ago. My favorite nights were "Cruisin' for Sliders". Nothing like a slippery, burger on the dance floor! Wish you could play up here in the great white north!
Angela <budz4u@usfamily.net>
Saint Paul, MN USA - Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 20:25:45 (CST)
Hey Guys!!! Love the website and miss you much. Married 10 years already and people are still talking about our wedding at the Country Squire in Grayslake, IL. Come back to Chicago SOON!!! Can't wait to see you again.
Colleen Moore Wilkens <cmwilkens@attbi.com>
buffalo grove, il USA - Saturday, October 12, 2002 at 12:24:42 (CDT)
Missed you at the 4th of July in Champaign. Next year? I think my mailinglist missed a couple of your dates. Don
Don Anglen <anglen6@yahoo.com>
Hume, IL USA - Friday, September 06, 2002 at 07:27:59 (CDT)
I'm from Maryland, my fiance is from Springfield, IL. We saw you guys at the state fair. You were WONDERFULLY FRESH AND FUNNY ! I'd love to see your band play again.
Di <di_is2@hotmail.com>
Springfield, IL USA - Sunday, August 25, 2002 at 23:50:07 (CDT)
Loved seeing you guys in Windsor Saturday night! You were awesome. Would love it if you could see about playing at Wolf's Lounge here in Pana, am sure you would draw a good crowd!!!!
Susan & Don Berner <sbdb84@mcleodusa.net>
Pana, IL USA - Sunday, August 25, 2002 at 13:28:09 (CDT)
You Guys Rock! Always have, looking forward to this evening (Windsor) and especially September 7 at Broomcorn. (pouring beer etc, but we still listen and love the show)
Bill & Peggy Little <bplittle@rr1.net>
Neoga, Il USA - Friday, August 23, 2002 at 07:02:04 (CDT)
I can remember seeing Captain Rat @ Mosey's in Bloomington when I was a student at ISU and at the Lounge Ax in Chicago when I lived up there in the late 1980's. Your October 1994 date at the Hub in Edelstein was part of the first date I had with my now wife. Captain Rat rocks;always has, always will.
Jim DeBord <Jimar96@msn.com>
Peoria Heights, IL USA - Saturday, August 17, 2002 at 12:43:05 (CDT)
Hi guys, We missed you in Champaign on the 4th also but we just wanted you to know that we did have a great time in Danville a couple of weeks ago....Thanks for showing us a great time again!!!!
Sherlyn & Barry Huffman <srh1956@yahoo.com>
Rossville, Il. USA - Friday, August 02, 2002 at 23:07:05 (CDT)
My husband and I used to catch you guys every time you were at Mabel's in Champaign, when we were at the U of I. We even saw you on our first "official" date (October 25th, 1985!) Now we've been married for 9+ years and still sing "Turrrrrrrrrrkey, T-U-R-K-E-Y!" every Thanksgiving. Thanks for all the great music and fun, guys! Laura & Allan Buckley
Laura Buckley <laurawerkes@earthlink.net>
Normal, IL USA - Saturday, July 13, 2002 at 12:31:21 (CDT)
Hello and good evening you all were great at the cruise nite at Shelbyville, i took my mother with me, and she loves the 50's and 60's music that you were playing....she kept telling me these boys are GREAT....she had a very nice nite and so did I...thanks so much for putting a smile back on my mothers face ...it has been very stressful for her since she lost her husband in October...again you dont know how nice it was to see her smile again for a while...Thank you so much.....Keep up the great work!!!
Linda <capn_rat_fan2002>
bageltown, IL USA - Thursday, July 11, 2002 at 20:08:24 (CDT)
Hey you guys!Can't wait to see you again!Come closer to Decatur so it's easier for us to see you.First time we surfed the net and we immediately went to your sight.Love the sight.we are leaving our daughters e-mail address so you can contact us there.Looking forward to your next show.Be good,be safe,and have fun.
RIcky and Pamela Jones <butterballpart2@yahoo.com>
Decatur, ILL USA - Monday, July 08, 2002 at 18:31:20 (CDT)
Missed you guys on the Fourth here in Champaign. It's just not the same and our kids agree. Will you be there next year?
alice <aliced3@aol.com>
USA - Saturday, July 06, 2002 at 15:50:08 (CDT)
Hey guys!I just saw you guys at Shelbyville last weekend.You guys were great.I think you guys need to come down to Tennessee and perform.Don't know if you've ever been to TN,but right here in Bradford we have a little community called Skullbone and theres a place that you guys could perform.I think it would be awesome if you guys did that.Anyway you guys are really great.Hope i can see ya again somewhere.The performence was awesome.See ya.....and i'm a devoted fan now!!!!YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Beth <secretcrush05@hotmail.com>
Bradford , TN USA - Friday, July 05, 2002 at 12:44:34 (CDT)
Hey there all.....How is everything with ya...? I am looking forward to seeing you all in Shelbyville at the end of the month.... Time to get my rat shoes on and do some rat-dancing...woo-hoo!!! Take care and see ya all then... love this website!!! It may need some new pics don't ya' think???? anywho ...take care rat people....
Rat Fan <capn_rat_fan@yahoo.com>
rivet city, IL USA - Friday, June 14, 2002 at 15:29:32 (CDT)
You rocked at Clinton May Days!! Cold?? What cold?? Hehehehe Glad you will be back next year!!
Alice & Bob Aber <stormy_girl1@hotmail.com>
Clinton, IL USA - Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 09:42:37 (CDT)
Really had a good time at the concert put on at the Clinton Maydays last night(even though it wasn't very warm).We always enjoy watching your shows,we like50's and60's music and you really seem to enjoy performing it. Also was glad to hear Creedence Clearwater added to the show. Keep on Rockin'and we'll see you every chance we can.
Dave Preston <wimpy816@hotmail.com>
Kenney, IL USA - Sunday, May 19, 2002 at 12:18:28 (CDT)
Really had a good time at the concert put on at the Clinton Maydays last night(even though it wasn't very warm).We always enjoy watching your shows,we like50's and60's music and you really seem to enjoy performing it. Also was glad to hear Creedence Clearwater added to the show. Keep on Rockin'and we'll see you every chance we can.
Dave Preston <wimpy816@hotmail.com>
Kenney, IL USA - Sunday, May 19, 2002 at 12:17:04 (CDT)
You guys are great! I saw you last evening at the Taylorville Junior High School. My husband Skip has been a fan since his college days in Champaign. Everyone had a fun time and look forward to becoming groupie followers.
Sheila DePaepe <depaepe@chipsnet.com>
Taylorville, IL USA - Monday, April 15, 2002 at 09:04:52 (CDT)
You guys are my favorite oldies band. Just found the website, but will definitely check from now on,so I can get to as many concerts as I can.
Sherry <SDeArmond@webtv.net>
Gibson City, IL USA - Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 07:26:56 (CDT)
I see that you all are ready for the Pioneer Days again this year....I say let's get ready for some more jammin and rat dancing!!!! Woo-hoo!!! What I want to know is why you all don't have more gigs scheduled for the summer??? So so disappointing.......:( You all are still awesome and all....take care and c ya this SUMMER!!!!!!!! Like the email address...I am a DEDICATED FAN!!!!! C ya this summer!!!!!
Linda <captainratfan2002@yahoo.com>
Ratrock, Il USA - Wednesday, April 03, 2002 at 22:39:35 (CST)
havent seen you in a while. cant seem to find out where you are booked at. mom says hi. are you going to be aroung effingham or mattoon any time soon?
teresa <teresaj@eiis.net>
toledo, il USA - Thursday, March 14, 2002 at 22:49:05 (CST)
My husband and I went to see your band on our second date 17 years ago today. We share special memories of that night. We fondly remember your work and are very happy to know you are still playing. We hope others have the opportunity to look back at your band with fond memories too. Thanks! Mark and Dawn
Dawn & Mark
Independence, mo USA - Friday, January 18, 2002 at 10:01:15 (CST)
Saw you at The Hub last night 12/31/2001. Fantastic show (as usual)!
Bruce Cooper <bcooper197@home.com>
Chillicothe, IL USA - Tuesday, January 01, 2002 at 14:37:38 (CST)
Since I am seeing Joe Hammel again I mention your group to different groups I know and work with and your reputation is awsome. So many of my friends say that you are and have been always great. A lot of them are looking forward to you coming to our area again sometime. I will have to bring some of them with me to see you all. Looking forward to meeting you on Joe's birthday - 12/1/01 at Eagle Creek.
Teri Young <teri@decaturcvb.com>
Decatur, IL USA - Monday, November 26, 2001 at 10:02:56 (CST)
Hi Guys! Just wanted to let you know you were in our thoughts this past September 1st when we celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. Yep, still married and having fun. Only now we have a 22 month old boy, Nels, and another baby on the way due the end of October. When bsing with our friends they still say that our wedding with you guys was the most fun they have ever had at a wedding. It sure was for us!! You were the cherry on top of the wedding sundae to make a perfect day only that much more special. Hope all is well with you and wish you the best. We will have to do a road trip to catch you guys, always worth it. Take care..... Carole and Tim Benson
Carole & Tim Benson <swankymodes@aol.com>
Barrington, IL USA - Tuesday, September 04, 2001 at 09:43:57 (CDT)
I wanted to tell you all that you're a crazy and enjoyable bunch of people... What a terrific show you four guys put on at the Cowden Pioneer Days... It was so fantastic to see people laugh and dance and smile for a change.....and just cut loose "rat dancing" as I call it!!! Keep up the fantastic work... You all are just wild and wacky...and I if I may add....handsome too!!!!! :):):) I also know that you all get together and play in Mattoon sometimes at Gunner Buc's... maybe my friends and I will see you there again sometime in the near future... What a great end to a fantastic summer jam, even though it started raining afterwards there at the Pioneer Days just as you were all finished for the evening.. I say again.....GREAT JOB and you're all NUTZ...but everyone loves all of you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Linda Wines <candylover17@yahoo.com>
Mattoon, IL USA - Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 02:47:42 (CDT)
I went to Champaign to see the fireworks and i was really dissapointed that you guys weren't there this year. I was just wondering why and if you were planning on being there next year. Also, do you plan on playing at the Danville Civic Center again soon because you guys are awesome.
David & Jennifer Tyo <Jennann8@hotmail.com>
Crawfordsville, In USA - Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 19:08:21 (CDT)
You guys still rock! My fondest memories of the U of I were spending late nights at Mabels with Captain Rat. I headed up to Shelbyville for the DQ blowout and was not disappointed.
Matt Cleland <cleland@bigbrowndog.com>
Collinsville, IL USA - Monday, July 02, 2001 at 15:56:19 (CDT)
What a good time we had tonight! Shelbyville DQ. First time I've seen you guys. My husband has seen you several times. Love your sound. And the entertainment kept me smiling. Looking forward to seeing you at Cowden Pioneer Days
PAM AN JR NOTTINGHAM <stormcrackers@webtv.net>
Shelbyville, IL USA - Saturday, June 30, 2001 at 23:20:45 (CDT)
Timmy Ray - it WAS Art Garfunkel who did "Wonderful World" in the 70's.
Ruth Eirhart <rutheirhart@effingham.net>
Effingham, IL USA - Saturday, April 28, 2001 at 19:53:21 (CDT)
Hello to all the Rivet Guys. Big Hello to Jeff Evans and Joe Hammel. David a.k.a. Yikes!
David Pickett <Yikesmenow@Yahoo.com>
Decatur, IL USA - Friday, April 27, 2001 at 12:37:26 (CDT)
Just a little note to let you guys know how much i enjoyed your show last night 4-20-01 at the Hub Ballroom in Edelstein Illinois YOU WERE TERRIFIC!!! This was my first time seeing you and i can tell you it won't be the last . Thanks for a great time!!! Steve Medearis
Steve Medearis <medearis@bwsys.net>
Chillicothe , Il USA - Sunday, April 22, 2001 at 19:47:20 (CDT)
A BIG, BIG THANKS TO CAPTAIN RAT AND ALL THE PATRONS WHO FOLLOWED TO PUT THE HUB BACK ON THE MAP. THE HUB IS WELL KNOWN FOR HAVING YOU GUYS AND IT SHOWS. HOPE WE CAN WORK OUT ANOTHER BOOKING FOR THE FALL MONTHS AND EVEN MAYBE NEW YEARS EVE. THE HUB WILL BE FEATURING A NEW WEBSITE IN JUNE. THANKS AGAIN GUYS U-R GREAT CHARLIE KEAR (HUB BALLROOM ENTERTAINMENT MANAGER) (309)-249-2482
CHARLIE KEAR (HUB BALLROOM) <cek1965@bwsys.net>
edelstein, il USA - Sunday, April 22, 2001 at 18:22:38 (CDT)
Hello again. A correction on the previous message. The Party is Memorial Day, May 19th to be exact. Please e-mail me to let me know how to contact you even if you aren't available for this date. We used to party with you guys at the Arch in Decatur on St. Patrick's Day. GOOD TIME!!! Glad to see you're still around. Thanks
Jody Maples <jmaples918@aol.com>
Moweaqua, Il USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 18:39:17 (CDT)
Write the band at: contact@captainratandtheblindrivets.com