Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Going 80s For The Peadpod Project/Subarbanizing With EXPO ‘76

Cropped photo from the EXPO ‘76 Facebool page.

The Peadpod Project, a charitable organization founded to provide resources for parents coping with the serious illness of a child, is holding its First Annual Like That’s So 80s Costume Party Contest tomorrow (May 21st) at Joe’s Bar on Weed Street in Chicago. The $60 admission includes two hours of food and an open bar, plus renditions of those irresistible 1980s hits provided by a live band. Cash prizes will awarded to best male and female costumes. The event kicks off at 5:30 PM. 
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Having already established a Chicago home base at Simon’s Tavern, EXPO ‘76 continues to colonize the surrounding area. Or, as vocalist-guitarist Dag Juhlin dubbed it in a recent Facebook post, “Suburbanizing!” The eclectic covers band, comprised of veteran musicians, has had regular gigs at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn and Mac’s On Slade in Palatine. This Friday, May 23rd, EXPO '76, along with the Total Pro Horns, will venture into Mount Prospect for a show at The Blues Bar.

Juhlin promises he and his mates will be rocking (and joking around) until 1:00 AM, which might leave some time for people to catch Theatre Nebula’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot at 8:00 PM at Cutting Hall in nearby Palatine. For my review of Spamalot, scroll down to the May 12th, 2014 post. For a look back at an EXPO ‘76 show at Macs On Slade, find July 17th, 2013 the BHT archives.

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