Minstrel Palooza Live! 2015, a seven-hour party honoring the long-standing Minstrel Music store in Niles, takes place this Sunday, September 20 at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine. There is no admission charge for this all-ages show, which starts at 2:00 PM. The hard-hitting power pop band Van Go, and Mike Galassini, a one-time Minstrel Music owner and member the power pop bands The Valley Downs and 92 Degrees, are among the dozen acts scheduled to perform. Van Go, The Valley Downs, and 92 Degrees have performed at International Pop Overthrow - Chicago several times and have released impressive albums. Cliff Johnson, of Off Broadway, Pezband, USSA, and d'Thumbs fame, is slated to make a special guest appearance.
HitLoraine will reunite with its original late-1970s lineup, including former Minstrel Music owner, singer-guitarist Dave Sebastian. Other acts on board are The Guy Adonis Experience; Small Fortune; Cracked Actor; Since 1892; Maltece; Scott Jenson and the Beatles tribute band Blackbird; Jim Wiora; Mark Baker; and Wheels. Although these are not household names, the various musicians involved have a long history of working on the Chicago music scene and are all in some way connected to Minstrel Music. Hopefully, Minstrel Palooza Live! 2015 will spark that same sense of camaraderie that happens at the best IPO - Chicago showcases.
For a detailed history of Minstrel Music over the years, click on the About page on the Minstrel Palooza Live! 2015 Facebook page.