Posted in music on July 2, 2008

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The Rabbit Factory

After two sold out summer soul revue-style shows in 2007, Chicago-based southern music label The Rabbit Factory, Inc. returns with a bigger and better line-up. Not since Atlantic Records foray into the American south or the golden age of soul music at the Apollo Theatre and Chicago's Regal Theatre has the gritty sound of southern soul appeared up north with such force as with the Rabbit Factory Soul Revue. The two-city vintage "chitlin circuit"-styled bill features classic southern soul artists performing with an eight-piece dance band, Wiley & the Checkmates, from Oxford, MS. These shows are a godsend for many fans of American music.

The Rabbit Factory is record label forged by Chicago DJ and record collector, John Ciba, and NYC industry veteran, Derek Evers, with the intention of preserving archival as well as new, relevant southern music. These upcoming events will celebrate the release of two long-awaited new releases from the label: The Birmingham Sound: The Soul of Neal Hemphill Vol. 2 as well as the new album by Wiley & the Checkmates We Call it Soul. Songs from both albums will be performed live.

The July 6th New York City show will feature the core Rabbit Factory Soul Revue of The Checkmates performing with Herbert Wiley, the Legendary Roscoe Robinson (Blind Boys of Alabama), Ralph 'Soul' Jackson (Spooner Oldham/Muscle Shoals) and Hermon Hitson (Jimi Hendrix/Isley Brothers/Joe Tex). This line-up has been receiving rave reviews from its high profile performances at SXSW and the Ponderosa Stomp. The show itself is part of the popular JellyNYC McCarren Park Pool Party series, opening for Ronnie Spector.

The July 12th Chicago date will be outdoors at the Hideout, home to all of the Rabbit Factory's local events, and features the core Revue as well as Laura Lee (70s woman's rights soul icon/Al Green's girlfriend), Harvey Scales ('Disco Lady'/Milwaukee's godfather of soul) and other guest appearances by Chicago soul greats. Local support slots are filled by the Adam Fitz Band and up and coming instrumental soul group the Stacks, who were both apart of the sold out Syl Johnson Rabbit Factory show in February 2008. In keeping with the chitlin circuit aesthetic the outdoor stage will be a tractor-trailer and Wallace's Catfish Corner, West Side institution, will be offering classic soul food.

The Rabbit Factory has pulled out all the stops to create something very special - something you won't find at your summer blues fest or over-hyped rock festival. It is something refreshing but faintly classic and rooted in a bygone piece of American culture creating an atmosphere beneficial as much to the artists as to the audience.



Comments (33)

is that the same derek evers from impose magazine?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 3:24 PM

I want to see these old cats on stage and rip it! I hope theres an ambulance on standby..

Posted by lisa | July 2, 2008 3:30 PM

How many people are going to show up for this?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 3:37 PM

they will
cuz it's ironic

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 3:39 PM

Making fun of old people for being old is something a stupid 19 year old who listens to white party rock would say.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 3:40 PM

how the hell is this ironic?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 3:51 PM

i heard ronnie spector still sounds great, for what its worth to 3:37pm

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 4:00 PM

"how the hell is this ironic?"

Old people rocking out while I ironically slip n slide like a toddler and play Dodgeball like the jock I wish I was in high school in my free (sponsored) Saucony sneakers. Then I go to the bar to drink some AWESOME PBR before going home and watching ninja movies in my apartment that used to be rent controlled before they kicked out the Polish tenant to make room for my trust fund.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 4:01 PM

does anyone know what time ronnie spector is supposed to go on?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 4:13 PM

Is there going to be a third act this week?

Posted by mp77 | July 2, 2008 4:15 PM

Ronnie Spector rules. Anyone who thinks that this won't be well attended because it's not a new hipster band is off the mark and clueless.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 4:21 PM

If something is old and good is it ironic? Or can it just be old and good?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 4:22 PM

oh anon 4:01... you sure are a witty one.

listening to (and perhaps enjoying) music that does fall in your typical comfort zone is not quite irony. having fun on a slip n slide or playing dodgeball no matter what your age or who you were in high school... not quite irony either.

relax... have fun... try something new. no one will laugh at you. i promise.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 4:24 PM

Will be there for sure. Can't wait to mix sun, beer and Rpnnie Spector.

Posted by TWB | July 2, 2008 4:31 PM


Ralph “Soul” Jackson 5:00 - 5:30
Roscoe Robinson 4:35 - 5:00
Hermon Hitson 4:10 – 4:35
WileY and Checkmates 3:45 – 4:10

Posted by brooklynvegan | July 2, 2008 4:59 PM

Thanks for the set times

Posted by mp77 | July 2, 2008 5:01 PM

Ralph and Roscoe have done a few recent shows in Birmingham that KILLED! You should definitely check this out.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 5:32 PM

I saw substantially show in Chicago at The Hideout last summer and was blown away. Snarky, hipster irony is no match for these classy, classy acts. Too bad Clarence "Blowfly" Reid, who played on this bill last summer, won't be there.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 6:51 PM

This is the only pool party that made me really excited.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 7:17 PM

It's easy to hate when you are in a minority such as those who would think to hate on this show. They can stay home and listen to all the bad white indie soulless music that's out there-there's plenty of it. I will be with all the rest of the folks at the pool listening to real music and watching girls in bikini tops. Oh and there will probably plenty of milfs too. Score.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 7:56 PM

I saw the show at Southpaw last year with Roscoe. This is going to be awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 8:03 PM

YES! YES! YES! Love this show. This is why Williamsburg is great. If this show was at Prospect Park it would be boring. Love the pool. They should do more of these. I heard the show at Southpaw was good but never made it out. Is this the same show?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 8:08 PM

"my apartment that used to be rent controlled before they kicked out the Polish tenant to make room for my trust fund."

The only way to kick out the tenant of a rent-controlled apartment is to kill him. =]

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2008 1:01 AM

The crowd from these shows are never different from the indie rock shows. I went to the one last year and didn't even know who the hell was playing and had fun. This would be a fun show to do psychedelics I bet.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2008 10:11 AM

Be My Baby

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2008 12:34 PM

Hey where can I get one of those really cool posters?

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2008 12:35 PM

no daN DEACON?

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2008 1:05 PM

that is derek from impose, hes a rad dude...obviously with all the stuff he's got going on

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2008 1:17 PM

Anyone know if I can bring my dSLR camera and big ass telephoto lens to the show on Sunday? My g/f's in a wheelchair (busted leg) and it'd really suck to have to go back home, drop off the camera and come back if it's not cool. Really love to get some nice shots of Ronnie though.

Thanks in advance for any info/advice!

C. Holmes

Posted by C. Holmes | July 4, 2008 2:13 AM

Is your g/f a child? Why can't she stay at the pool while you go home?

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2008 7:18 AM

I still can't believe this show is happening. Anyone who is considered the major influence on Johnny Thunders and The Ramones is cool enough for me. Can't wait to see the old school cats before too.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2008 1:40 PM

The pool needs more non-indie-rock shows. Indie rap doesn't count either.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2008 3:09 PM


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