Mr. Rudy Day, Alma Negra | Hideout | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Mr. Rudy Day, Alma Negra Soundboard

When: Sat., Aug. 13, 9 p.m. 2011

For several years in the early 90s, Mr. Rudy Day were the de facto Hideout house band, filling out countless bills (and often stealing the show) and hosting almost as many parties, including Halloween bashes where they became ZZ Top or Hall & Oates. But they haven't played here since 2008, when front man and guitarist Andy Hopkins (Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire) moved back to his native Atlanta to attend law school at Emory. Fresh off his bar exam, he's back with his Chicago compatriots, bassist Geoff Greenberg (Hüsker Düdes) and drummer Mike Bulington (Kelly Hogan, Grimble Grumble, Prichard), to reclaim his old turf in age-old mammalian fashion: by rubbing his greasy dirty-south fluids all over it. At their peak, Mr. Rudy Day were very nearly the platonic ideal of a party band—loud, clever, sexy, adaptable, and both heavy and funky, as if Prince were fronting Molly Hatchet and writing their songs. Just like they used to, they'll play tunes from their two full-lengths, Juzzle and Duty (which many of the Hideout crowd will know by heart), and grabs from a random hat full of covers. —Monica Kendrick Alma Negra opens.

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