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Dot Dot Dot, Ono, Illusion of Safety Recommended Member Picks 18+ Soundboard

When: Fri., July 27, 9:30 p.m. 2012

Before Cheer-Accident—yes, believe it or not, there was a time before Cheer-Accident—came Dot Dot Dot, a rambling and adventurous jazz-­influenced instrumental band that played Chicago's finest dark lofts and new-music festivals from 1982 till '85, releasing only two seven-inches just before breaking up. (There have been other local outfits with that name since—at least one of which, a mid-90s group that included members of the Scissor Girls, would've appealed to a similar crowd. Another has a gig at Taste of Lincoln Avenue tomorrow night.) Keyboardist and trumpeter Thymme Jones and bassist Chris Block continued to work together in the second major incarnation of Cheer-Accident (where Jones played drums too) till Block left in '92; he now lives in Hoffman Estates, and he's put out a couple solo albums, in collaboration with Jones, under the name Pox. (They're working on a third.) Drummer Jef Bek, who's been a music director and composer for theater companies since the late 80s, is based in LA (his own recent projects include Evel Knievel: The Rock Opera), and saxophonist Ross Feller teaches music at Kenyon College in Ohio. This one-off reunion (titled "Nostalgia Isn't What It Used to Be") celebrates the 30th anniversary of the first Dot Dot Dot show—that is, the one before Block joined. Also on the bill are two more great Chicago avant-garde bands whose histories began before some of their current fans were born: Illusion of Safety and Ono. —Monica Kendrick Dot Dot Dot headlines; Ono and Illusion of Safety open. 18+

Price: $15

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