A pair of reunions (Moonshine Willy, the Blacks), a local upstart (Scotland Yard Gospel Choir) and a staggering turn by the Texas-born Alejandro Escovedo highlighted Bloodshot Records' 15th anniversary celebration at a scaled-back Hideout Block Party on Saturday.The Chicago stop of the Bloodshot Records 15th anniversary tour happened last weekend on September 12th.
The daylong event, which took place under blue skies on an outdoor stage 25 yards from the door of the treasured dive, attracted a sizable crowd for performances by a number of former and current Bloodshot artists.
Almost every song in the Blacks' ferocious, too-short set touched on love -- or, more accurately, what happens when it falls apart. Front man Danny Black, dressed head-to-toe in white and sang like a man who had little but the bottle for comfort, while singer-standup bassist Gina Black (no relation) growled her way through a tormented "Horrorshow."
Scotland Yard Gospel Choir turned out an equally stunning set, building its shambolic indie rock tunes around front man Elia Einhorn's confessional lyrics. "Can I be brutally honest?" Einhorn asked on "Oh Lee," answering his own question with an unequivocal "yes" when he crooned the opening line of "Stop!": "I hope you catch syphilis and die alone." [Chicago Tribune]
The tour has a (free) show in Austin this upcoming weekend (9/19) before coming to Brooklyn's Bell House on September 26th. The lineup there won't have Alejandro Escovedo or the Blacks, who are described above (acts rotate from city to city), but it will include Bobby Bare Jr, Exene Cervenka, Dex Romweber Duo, Cordero, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, The Silos, Ben Weaver and Rosie Flores. 4pm doors / 5pm show. Entry is is only $5,
no advance tickets are on sale.
This is the first time I've seen Exene on a bill since her June announcement that she has multiple sclerosis (which came shortly after her band X's 3-night run at Bowery Ballroom). That's awesome that, as she promised, she isn't letting her diagnosis control her life.
Dexter Romweber played some shows with Cat Power in February.
Videos from the tour's Chicago and Wisconsin (8/23) stops are posted, along with all Bobby Bare Jr. dates, below...
LOUD AUDIO - Bobby Bare Jr's Young Criminal's Starvation League "Acting Just Like Myself" -Chicago
Justin Townes Earle & Cory Younts 2009-08-22 Madison WI - High Noon Saloon
Deadstring Brothers - Bloodshot Records BBQ - Madison, WI
Waco Brothers - Bloodshot Records BBQ - Madison, WI
Bobby Bare Jr. - 2009 Tour Dates
Sep 18 - THE TRACTOR TAVERN SEATTLE/BALLARD, Washington
Sep 19 - MFNW- DANTE'S PORTLAND, Oregon
Sep 26 - THE BELL HOUSE-BLOODSHOT BEER B Q BROKLYN, New York