Skokie's Backlot Bash kicks off tomorrow night with a dream double bill of Material Reissue and The Smithereens with Marshall Crenshaw. Material Reissue must feel pretty comfortable sharing stages with power pop royalty; they’ve been paired with Matthew Sweet and The Posies in previous concert events. The Smithereens and Material Reissue have given use numerous classics of the genre—“Blood And Roses,” “Behind The Wall Of Sleep,” and “A Girl Like You” from the former and “Valerie Loves Me,” “Renee Remains The Same,” and “Diane” from the latter.
Other impressive acts at Skokie's Backlot Bash include Chicago-based The Imperial Sound, whose debut album The New AM is filled with authentic rhythm and blues, soul, and jazz; Tributosaurus, who will no doubt excel at becoming The Rolling Stones; and War, the iconic soul band that gave us “Cisco Kid,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” and “Low Rider.” There will also be a carnival and classic car show. Skokie’s Backlot Bash runs through Sunday on Oakton between Lincoln and Laramie Avenues.