Drag City unveils its Soccer Club Club on Friday | Bleader

Drag City unveils its Soccer Club Club on Friday



Lisa Alvarado: Powdered Unicorn (2010)
  • Lisa Alvarado: "Powdered Unicorn" (2010)
A few months ago Drag City Records, one of the many Chicago labels featured in Kevin Warwick's excellent overview of the local record biz, relocated to a cool old building on the near west side. Included in the deal was a defunct private bar that had played host to a soccer club. Drag City has found a use for the space, and on Friday the label will share it with the world. Renamed the Soccer Club Club, it will debut as an art gallery with an exhibit called Limpia, which consists of paintings by Chicago artist Lisa Alvarado (who also plays harmonium in Natural Information Society, a musical project led by her husband, bassist Joshua Abrams).

As part of Friday's opening reception, in fact, Natural Information Society will perform (the lineup features Abrams, Alvarado, Jim Baker, Frank Rosaly, and Ben Boye), as will Drag City chanteuse Azita. The event is free and runs from 7-11 PM. Soccer Club Club is at 2923 N. Cicero. Below you can check out a video of Azita performing the Shel Silverstein song "I Can't Touch the Sun" live at the Hideout in January.

Today's playlist:

Swedish Modern Jazz Group, Sax Appeal (Sonorama)
Sun City Girls, You're Never Alone With a Cigarette (Abduction)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Hans Werner Henze: Symphonies 3-5 (Wergo)
Ben Williams, State of Art (Concord)
Gil Evans, The Complete Pacific Jazz Sessions (Blue Note)