Wednesday, May 1, 2019


Tickets go on sale this Friday for the Neo Reunion: 4 Decades event taking place at Metro on Saturday, July 20. Metro announced it will host the event via a Facebook post yesterday afternoon, stating, “Having been a staple in the Chicago nightlife community for so long we can’t wait to see so many familiar faces under one roof again.” The DJs for that evening will be Jeff Moyer, Scary Lady Sarah, Bill Savely, Carrie Monster, Glenn Russell, and Suzanne Shelton.

As noted on the Facebook graphic, the Neo Reunion ticket sales will help “fund Darkest Before Dawn, a nonprofit organization providing mental and emotional health support resources for our industry workers.” Neo was one of the first venues in Chicago to spin punk/new wave records and retained its reputation as a trendy spot for several years. Metro, located just down the street from Wrigley Field, continues to be an essential destination for cutting edge music.

Dot Dash, the Washington, D.C. band that’s notched glowing Broken Hearted Toy reviews for each of its releases for a number of years now, will kick off an extensive tour later this month. They’ll be sharing a bill with iconic Irish rockers The Undertones in New York and Boston, and a have gig with False Tracks in Philadelphia. They’ll be with The Minus 5 in Washington, D.C. in July, and with The Vibrators in Washington, D.C. in September. More dates will be added in the near future. I’d love to see them come to Chicago, particularly on a double bill with The Undertones.

Velvet Crush will perform for the first time in 20 years on July 5 at the POP venue in Providence, Rhode Island. I’ve followed Velvet Crush founding member Ric Menck’s career from his The Happy Forest album with The Reverbs in 1984 through his current gig as the drummer for Matthew Sweet’s band.

The 17th annual CHIRP Record Fair and Other Delights takes place this Saturday at the Local 130 Plumbers Union Hall at 1340 W. Washington. An amazing selection of records, CDs, DVDs, posters, books, and other rock and roll related merchandise will on sale from vendors; and the entertainment includes live music and DJs. Admission from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. is $8, and early admission from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. costs $25.

Fans of The Smithereens and its beloved, late singer-guitarist Pat DiNizio are in for a treat this Friday night at Montrose Saloon. The Dry Look, Phil Angotti with The Idea, and Love Punch will be paying tribute to the band at the north side club. Proceeds will go to the Pat DiNizio Scholarship Fund. The music starts at 9:00 p.m.

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