Fri, Sep 19 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
Celebrating 25+ groundbreaking years, FISHBONE has been trailblazing their way through the history of American Ska, Funk, Punk, Rock Fusion and (so-called) Black Rock since starting their professional career in Los Angeles' burgeoning, Alternative Rock music scene of the mid-1980s. Their sound has often been imitated, but never duplicated. They have toured worldwide with such bands as the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Roots, Les Claypool/Primus, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, The Dead Kennedys and many more. Angelo Moore’s ability to combine thought-provoking, humorous social commentary with FISHBONE’s frenzied, up-tempo music and frantic, euphorically entertaining stage show has cultivated their undisputed reputation as one of the best live acts in music history. Composing, creating, recording, releasing and performing original music together for over two decades, mass critical appeal appears to be returning to the band, fueled by their critically acclaimed full-length feature documentary; Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone. Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, the film earned LA Weekly’s Critic’s Choice Award at the Los Angeles Film Fest in 2010, has been called “effortlessly Entertaining” (Variety), “Brilliant and Groundbreaking” (Pop Matters), and hailed as “more than a documentary about rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a documentary about the American spirit and one that shows the life of one of its most influential creative forces.” (Encore Magazine) The documentary features celebrity testimonials from an A-list cast of rock icons such as Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), who calls the band “an important musical institution” and “the band that gave us the inspiration to be a band” by Gwen Stefani (No Doubt). The film also includes similar admiration from the likes of Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addition), Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) Rob Trujillo (Metallica), Questlove (The Roots), Chuck D (Public Enemy), Tim Robbins (Grammy Winning Actor) and many more. The film not only highlights the bands substantial legacy in contemporary music of all forms, but also the struggles, adversity, and inner turmoil that has surrounded the bands career. Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone has already premiered in over 60+ theaters across the country, and many of the dates have sold out. The documentary aired on Public Television’s AfroPop Series as well as Encore early 2012, and still continues on air. The DVD is currently available for purchase nationwide at all major retailers, and on NetFlix. To date, FISHBONE still continues to tour all over the world, turning heads at some of the most noteworthy festivals around the globe such as Coachella Music Festival (2014), Gathering of the Vibes (2013), Outside Lands Music Festival (2013), Ottawa Blues Fest (2012), Montreal Jazz Festival (2012), Bumbershoot in Seattle, WA (2012), Riot Fest in Chicago, IL (2012), Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, LA (2014, 2011), Fuji Rock Festival in Tokyo, Japan (2010), Wakarusa in Ozark, AK (2010), Sunset Junction in Los Angeles, CA (2010) and more. In 2012, the band had the opportunity to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Angelo Moore sat in with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They also performed three outstanding shows with Primus, and have been featured in a variety of national press recently including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, MTV Hive, Spin Magazine, E! Entertainment, Rotten Tomatoes and more.
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Run and Punch
Run and Punch is a Chicago Ska band which boasts members from across genres and state lines. Two-tone ska punk never partied so hard in its life before Run and Punch was formed.Don't call it a wave or a movement, just call it what it is: a group of friends getting together and playing tight music for the masses to get down to. Was that a preposition at the end of that statement? Run and Punch is not here to correct your grammar. Get down.
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Downtown Brown
Exploding from (the suburbs of) Detroit rock city in 2001, and venturing to the absolute bottom of the rabbit hole by 2014, Downtown Brown has carved a unique saga over their 13-year existence. Jamming a mutant style that splices together punk, funk, metal, rock, experimental, and hip-hop, DTB garnered immediate results. People either loved them or hated them for their often politically incorrect, outrageous lyrics coupled with genre-hopping technical skill. Founding member, songwriter and vocalist/guitarist Neil P. (Neebo) took a DIY approach from the start. What began as a basement-house-party rampage soon spilled into larger venues thanks to the band’s ridiculously entertaining live show. By 2007, DTB had self-released a handful of albums and began booking their own national tours. In 2008, after multiple member changes, Neil P. recruited the man known as RON. With the addition of the avant-garde bassist, the band adopted a more collaborative approach to songwriting. Ron’s non sequitur writing style allowed for new possibilities in the direction of the music, stretching their songs into uncharted territory. By 2010, the band got signed and released their 5th full-length record ‘Grabbleton’s Beach’ on DC-Jam Records (Fishbone, Adicts, Richie Ramone). This was DTB’s attempt to create an ‘X-rated children’s album ...on crack’. The LP, which features guests like Indie hip-hop sensation WAX, remains the most progressive, abstract, absurd, and musically adventurous album in the band’s discography. DTB toured heavily in support of the disc over the next two years where the band thrived in a live setting, but the album ultimately confused and repulsed music critics with its vulgar stupidity and fearless sonic experimentation. Their current drummer BOBBINZ joined in 2011 and single-handedly propelled the frenetic live energy of DTB to new heights with his ferocious, precise, and unrelenting percussion style. His addition solidified the band’s tightest, most concrete lineup to date. By 2012, Downtown Brown signed a management deal with NORWOOD FISHER of the legendary L.A. punk/funk/ska band FISHBONE, and began touring as support for larger national acts like ANGRY SAMOANS and PSYCHOSTICK. Again setting out to confuse and rub people the wrong way, DTB agreed to record a duet with the ‘most hated band in the world’, INSANE CLOWN POSSE, on their 2012 album 'The Mighty Death Pop' (which debuted at #4 of the Billboard 200 Album Chart). Sadly, DTB’s stage show and sillier material seemed to over shadow the band’s emotional versatility. DTB’s mixed bag may be filled with sensationalistic attempts to offend and raise eyebrows, but their vast musical catalog also contains songs that explore the human condition and promote themes like love, truth, social justice, defiance and self-pride. In 2013 the band hit the studio with Norwood as producer of their 6th full-length studio album, ‘Masterz of the Universe’. With Fisher at the helm, the album oozes amazing bass tone, capturing Ron’s unique, inventive style. ‘Masterz’ is the band’s first attempt at a ‘serious’ rock record, an intentional departure from the ludicrous nature of ‘Grabbleton's’. Even though some of the songs are in the vein of DTB’s previous lunacy, most of ‘Masterz’ is comprised of tightly focused compositions written from a sincere state of being. The lyrics chronicle Neil’s journey out of the fog of a 6-year battle with anti-depressants, in which he dishes with brutal honesty about love, chemical dependency, the state of the world, and staying true to DTB’s artistic vision against all odds. Considered by the band to be their greatest triumph, 'Masterz' was released in November of 2013. The promotion of the album will continue well into 2015, with multiple music videos and hundreds of tour dates in the works supporting bands like DEAD KENNEDYS, THE ADICTS, PEELANDER-Z and many more. Starting in a basement with zero dollars and little more than a passion to play the music they love, Downtown Brown have since toured the country and recorded with some their heroes, all while maintaining their own unique style and sound.
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w/DJ Bashert between bands
World-beat, trip-hop, electro-swing, electronica DJ. DJ Bashert has DJ'd movie premiers, gallery events, salon openings, beach dance parties, and cultural events all over Chicago. He mixes world-beat, trip-hop, electronica, ska, and traditional world music.
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Sun, Sep 21 - 9:30pm - No Cover
Mon, Sep 22 - 8pm - $8
Wed, Sep 24 - 9pm - $7
Thu, Sep 25 - 9pm - $8adv/$10door
Mon, Sep 29 - 8pm - $8
Tue, Sep 30 - 8pm - $8
Wed, Oct 1 - 7pm - $20
Thu, Oct 2 - 9:30pm - No Cover
Fri, Oct 3 - 7pm - $10 - ALL AGES
Fri, Oct 3 - 10pm - $10adv/$12door
Sat, Oct 4 - 9pm - $15
Sun, Oct 5 - 8pm - $20
Mon, Oct 6- 8pm - $20
Tue, Oct 7 - 8pm - $7
Wed, Oct 8 - 8pm - $10
Thu, Oct 9 - 8pm - $12