The dance card for the weekend segueing July into August is booking up quickly! Just look at the itinerary of things to do.
Thursday July 30: Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings play Martyr’s with Spears & Gears and the Blue Ribbon Glee Club. August’s antebellum anthems and bygone ballads swell with the Abandoned Buildings’ chamber folk. Spears & Gears turn Britney Spears’ pop into cabaret tangos and swinger with keyboards and washtub bass. The 20-person strong Blue Ribbon Glee Club performs acapella versions of classic punk and new wave. Martyr’s is at 3855 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL. The 21+ show is $7.
Friday July 31: Candy Town offers music with a meal at one of Chicago’s oldest arts intuitions, Cliff Dwellers. A $40 package offers two sets of music from the grease painted purveyors of bounce music and a dinner. For $10, you can see one musical set. The Cliff Dwellers club is at 200 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL. Reservations for the 6:30 full show or the 8:30 singe show must be made through email@example.com or calling (312) 922-8080.
Friday the 31st sees the City of Lockport’s steampunk-themed Summer Art Series. From 5-9pm Vourteque will spin electro swing during pop up shopping. There will be live performances from the Dinder Brothers Family Circus. Frenchy and the Punk play at Paradise Bay at 105 W 10th Street from 6:30 to 7:30 and Eli August plays at Embers Tap House at 933 S State from 8:30 to 9:30.
On Saturday, August 1, Vourteque and the Dinder Brothers will perform throughout the day. From 6 to Midnight, there will be a Superheroes of Innovation Gala. Hosted in the Gaylord Building at 200 W 8th Street in Lockport, IL, the dinner and drinks will be accompanied by Vourteque, the Dinder Brothers, Frenchy and the Punk & Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings. Tickets are available at http://summerartseries.com/gala-tickets/.
The summer art series wraps up on Sunday, August 2, with more pop up shopping and the Lockport Oolong Protectorate Society’s High Tea at 940 S. State Street at 1pm. Tickets can be purchased at http://summerartseries.com/high-tea-tickets/.
On a both more and less somber note, steampunks are invited to show up to Woodlawn Cemetery at 7750 Cermak Road in Forest Park, IL, at 1 pm for the commencement of International Clown Week. The event begins with speeches, clowns and circus performers at Showman’s Rest, a memorial for the Hagenback-Wallace Circus train disaster of June 22, 1918. Food, refreshments, games, prizes and plenty of clowns will follow it.