Bloodshot Records 15th Anniversary Beer B-Q: Waco Brothers with Rico Bell, Alejandro Escovedo, Deadstring Brothers, Scott H. Biram, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Moonshine Willy, Bobby Bare Jr., Blacks, Jon Langford & Sally Timms, Sanctified Grumblers | Hideout | Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader

Bloodshot Records 15th Anniversary Beer B-Q: Waco Brothers with Rico Bell, Alejandro Escovedo, Deadstring Brothers, Scott H. Biram, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Moonshine Willy, Bobby Bare Jr., Blacks, Jon Langford & Sally Timms, Sanctified Grumblers Recommended Member Picks All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Sat., Sept. 12, 12 p.m. 2009

The alternative-country movement (or, as Moonshine Willy preferred to call it, “alt-cunt”) has had plenty of unsung heroes, and this Chicago-based bluegrass-rockabilly band was one of them. They were the first group signed to a nascent Bloodshot Records back in 1994 and did the label proud through the late 90s with three full-length albums, two seven-inches, and a heap of compilation appearances. I remember them as lively, raucous, weirdly slick (though maybe “greasy” would be the better word), and absolutely joyous. Though it’s hard for me to imagine the band without guitarist Nancy Rideout (nee Tannenbaum), who died in a motorcycle accident in New York in 2007, the surviving members have pulled together a promising six-person lineup for this one-off reunion, part of the Bloodshot Records 15th Anniversary Beer-B-Q—which also includes belt-sander racing, a drunken spelling bee, and sets by the Waco Brothers, Alejandro Escovedo, Scott H. Biram, and the Blacks, among others. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $10 suggested donation, kids under 10 free when accompanied by an adult

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