Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Back To No Future

Apparently, the faculty and students at The Old Town School Of Folk Music in Chicago occasionally join forces to honor a “cultural/musical legacy of the 20th Century.” This Saturday night, the days of Johnny Rotten and Joey Ramone get the treatment via Tribute to Punk: CBGB to the UK. Considering The Old Town School Of Folk Music’s tradition of booking esteemed folk artists like Joan Baez, Steve Goodman, John Hartford, and Josh White, Jr., it’s tempting to envision Punk: CBGB to the UK as a showcase of bearded guys with acoustic guitars sneering, “We mean it, man!”

That’s not likely to be the case, and the school’s teachers, students, staff, and friends seem well-versed in vintage punk artists. The website promises covers of songs by The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, The Clash, Blondie, Patti Smith, X, Wire, Bikini Kill, Television, X Ray Spex, Mink Deville, and more. Guitar instructor Jimmy Tomasello will serve as host, and over 20 performers are scheduled to perform, including Bob Goins, Jenny Biennemann, Vamplifier, and The Cookie Pocket. The event begins at 8:00 PM; admission is $15 for the general public and $13 for members. 


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