Northwest Dance & Music Venues
Market on state at Baldy's - Photo D. Bergum
Rathskeller's Inn
East Sherman Avenue
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Some of the bands that performed at this place during those great years of NW music were:

The Band-Aid Society
The Cascades
Cincinnati Rail
Merrilee and the Turnsbouts
The Morning After
Orphan Annie
Paul Revere and the Raiders
The Thin Red Line
The Van G's
The Wellington Five
West Coast Boys
Westgate Entrance

Others ?

The Rathskeller's Inn was located on Sherman Avenue and featured a band most every weekend. The summer crowd
was great!

One feature band that played there every year, sort of a big event then, was the Cascades (Rhythm of the Falling Rain).

Rats, also featured Coors Beer!  Back then, we couldn't buy it in Washington State!

We played there a couple times as well, but had to set-up on floor level with no buffer zone to the crowd.  It kinda reminded me of the scene in the Blues Brothers movie with the chicken wire!  We always made it through!

Steve Strange, Spokane, WA, March 2010

The "Andantes" a Canadian band played the Rathskeller's in Coeur D'Alene and Moscow Idaho in 1969.

We had a "Great" time and even had Jose Feliciano sit in with us at the brand new Ratskeller's in Moscow Idaho.

Don Young, Drummer in the "Andantes", March 2013

My band "The Band-Aid Society" played there on two different weekends back in 1968.  I remember the management  was glad to know that everyone in the band was old enough to drink legally.

Since the gig was a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night gig, we saved money by sleeping in our cars.  We only did that the first weekend.  The next time we played there we stayed at a cheap motel just to get some decent rest.

Wayne Erickson, March 2010

I saw Paul Revere and the Raiders at the Ratskeller when I was a kid.  It was a favorite spot for us underage guys from Spokane in the early 60's...... And yes, Coors was the exotic brew at the time. A departure from the requisite Olympia, Rainier and Lucky Lager of the day.

John C. Strawn, March 2010

I was on stage at the Ratskeller Inn  with my British Columbia (Cranbrook, BC) band “The Thin Red Line” when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon in July, 1969.  One of those “where were you when…” moments you never forget.

We stayed in a cheap motel near the club.  One afternoon, we returned from breakfast to find our room overrun with cops, ambulance attendants and firemen.  It seems a maid, mistaking for a dead body the sleeping form of our horn player in a bathtub full of tepid water, had called the cops in a panic.  In those days, believe me, the last thing a “long-haired, hippy musician” wanted to see in his motel room was a bunch of crew-cut, curious cops.

David Hoole, Vancouver, BC, September 2011

Cincinnati Rail" played Ratskellers in summer of 1972 on the way to Mishiwaka, Indiana.

Joel Johnson, August 2012

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Last Update:  19 July 2013
Credits: Steve Strange, Greg Clayton, Wayne Erickson, John C. Strawn, Dick Van Guilder, Mike Nikula, Mark Nerby, David Hoole, Joel Johnson, Don Young, Bob Pielaet