B1g T1me | House of Blues Back Porch Stage | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

B1g T1me Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., July 2, 10 p.m. 2009

This local octet, drawn from jazz and rock bands (the Delafields, the Country Melvins, Patricia Barber’s quartet, and lots of others), started out as a novelty act—re­imagining cheeseball hits of the 80s as fractured-blues hair-raisers in the style of Tom Waits and obvious Waits influences like Howlin’ Wolf and Captain Beefheart. But earlier this year they came out of the toolshed as what they really are: a tribute band. Front man Zebulun Barnow, who’s honed his showmanship in the Blue Man Group band, is much more than another gravelly-voiced guy with a bullhorn and a porkpie hat, and he and percussionist Chris Anderson bring theremin, trash cans, fire extinguishers, and all sorts of creatively employed junk into the mix. At this point they’ve got a deep catalog of Waits tunes down—30 and counting. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $6-$8

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