Best Longtime Rock 'n' Roll Ambassador in the LGBT Community

Flesh Hungry Dog Show

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He doesn't produce them regularly anymore—in fact, the monthly rock 'n' roll shows at Jackhammer in Rogers Park ended their seven-year reign in May of 2012—but Gary Ward and the Flesh Hungry Dog Show (a bizarre but memorable band name that eventually morphed into a rogue LGBT promotion company of sorts) will still book the bill if it's worthwhile. Last month, in collaboration with the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan, Ward hosted playwright and drag performer Charles Busch. And at Jackhammer in March, he put on a show for Jinx Titanic & the Ladykillers, who were, coincidentally, one of the bands that inspired him to get into playing rock in the first place. The first Flesh Hungry Dog Show way back when featured the Joans—a band Ward used to manage and one he describes as "if Joan Crawford had a punk, new-wave rock band"—and he has since hosted the likes of local staples White Mystery and Mucca Pazza, which was, naturally, one of the night's rowdier, fun parties. Hopefully the party keeps on keeping on, here and there.