Thursday, June 6, 2013

For The Records

Photo from The Dyes Facebook page.

The Bottom Lounge, located just west of downtown Chicago, is holding a fundraiser/tribute show tomorrow night (June 7th) involving an eccentric rock label. The Roctober Hurockane Relief Revue  aims to help Norton Records, which lost a huge chunk of its inventory due to Hurricane Sandy last Fall when its East Coast warehouse became flooded. Norton Records has specialized in rock-a-billy, blues, and unique artists for 25 years.

Rhythm and Blues singer T. Valentine, whose latest effort, The Vampire was released on Norton late last year, will be the headliner. He'll be backed by The Bama Lamas, and locals bands will perform tributes to other acts on the label's roster. The Cable Access program Chic-A-Go-Go intends to tape the proceedings for an upcoming episode.

The tribute format reminds me of the Halloweekend shows that have been held in October at The Abbey Pub and Martyrs. In this case, Girl Group Chicago will salute The Shangri Las (original member Mary Weiss, a Little Steven Van Zandt favorite, is currently signed to Norton); The Dyes will pay homage to the label's rock-a-billy acts; and James Porter and will take on Sam The Sham. The Polkaholics will become Detroit lounge band King Uszniewicz and his Uszniewicztones. In addition to all that music, Roctober Hurockane Relief Revue will have DJs Todd Killings and The East Of Edens Soul Express; raffles; and an auction.

The Roctober Hurockane Relief Revue kicks off at 8:30 PM tomorrow in The Bottom Lounge's Volcano Room Rum Bar.

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