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At long last, Billy Ruane Square is coming to Cambridge

Billy Ruane at a Descendents show at TT the Bear’s in 1987. JJ Gonson

Eight years after the Boston music icon’s death, Billy Ruane is finally getting a Cambridge memorial.

The city will officially name “Billy Ruane Square” with a sign in front of Sonia, formerly TT the Bear’s, on Saturday afternoon.

The push to commemorate Ruane, who died unexpectedly in 2010 at age 52, began a few years after his death. It was revived in 2017 when Good Road founder Brian Coleman created a petition for 500 signatures in support of an official Cambridge square to recognize Ruane.

“He was a generous and energetic supporter of up-and-coming artists in the rock, jazz and world music scenes,” Coleman wrote of Ruane on iPetitions.com. “And he was beloved by hundreds of friends for his fierce and unwavering support of the musicians he loved and respected.”


More than a year after those renewed efforts comes Saturday’s dedication, which will kick off at 12:15 p.m. at the Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (480 Mass. Ave.). Crowds will gather there before going over to the sign. Ruane’s family will be present to accept the honor from the city. Afterward, people are encouraged to head back to the Middle East for drinks, food, and good company.

Lillian Brown can be reached at lillian.brown@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @lilliangbrown.