The temps are in the triple digits, the humidity hangs in the air and you’ve had a really bad week. Man don’t stress, there’s a surplus of kick ass bands ready to get you slammin’, dancin’, head bangin’ and jammin’ in nice air-conditioned clubs right here in the Joliet area!
Mongo McMichaels has in recent months opened a new club in Romeoville and so far have been hosting some severely rockin’ bands. Case in point is “Forget Hannah” (see my previous article on the band) who is live Friday night at 9PM. FH performs a mixed blend of Classic Rock, Alternative, 90’s Post Grunge, Pop Rock, Motown and Blues, chances are that if you don’t like one song you’ll like the next. Mongos’ is located at 1101 N. Independence Blvd in neighboring Romeoville near Joliet Rd and Rt. 53.
Meanwhile in Lockport, The William Alexander Wine Studio (900 S State St) is offering a pleasantly cool atmosphere, a wide selection of wines and Stu James performing his genre busting mixed bag of all your favorite tunes from classic to contemporary. The show begins at 7PM and as an added bonus, “Clever Dave” Allen breaks out the acoustic and joins Stu for a few tunes as well.
Also Friday Mugz Hideout at the Big Basin (24045 W front St in Channahon) welcomes an appearance by “The Limitations” commencing at 7PM. It’s a good thing that one of the band members wives advised me of this gig as neither the band or the venue did much advertising. That is a shame too as The Limitations is a combination of two great and recently disbanded acts, Davebob and Denbob of “The Acoustibobs” and “Little Tommy” and “Sonny Boy” from “The Baked Potatoes”. The quartet recently joined forces and put together an entertaining show of classic rock and pop tunes delivered with a bit of wit and humor. I know the late great Larry Anderson of the BP’s is looking down approvingly.
Saturday Night the stage at Bada Brew (802 Theodore St) gets hammered as “Volume 4” supplies a set of classic Black Sabbath firing up at 8PM. Lets face it, Saturday nights were made for two things, well three but I’ll only mention 2 here and that’s the blues and Black Sabbath. Headlining the evening is the old school Motley Crue tribute band “Bastard”. The bands rips through a night of all the archetypal killer cuts from the early Crue years that is the next best thing if you missed the recent Motley tour stop in Chicago. The cover of $5 gets you two hard rockin’ bands…try that in the city!
You’ve seen the name and now it’s time to see the band. “Instant Recall” takes over the stage at Heroes West Sports Bar (1530 Commerce Lane) at 9PM. IRC is a female fronted dance rock band with attitude, getting people on the dance floor without having to choose the giant party fun band approach. This band has a loyal following but flies just below the radar enough to qualify for best-kept secret status so head out to Heroes, enjoy a fine meal and see what you’ve been missing, especially given the fact that this may be the last show by the band.
As always be sure to make your way to Kegler’s Sports Bar (905 Theodore St) Sunday at 6PM for the long running and ever popular “Joliet Heritage Blues Jam”. If you’re a fan of the blues or just good music in general, the JHBJ is a great way to spend a Sunday evening and end the weekend on a high note. The caliber of musicianship here is set rather high but if you have the chops then come early and sign up for some stage time. Of course host T-Bird Huck and the Kegler’s staff are more than happy to give you a great experience whether you play or are just a fan and to make things even better, the kitchen stays open all night!
So there it is folks…bands, musicians and venues working hard to entertain you without having to spend a fortune in gas, tolls and high cover charges. The Joliet area has a lot going on musically so be sure to SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL LIVE BANDS AND MUSICIANS!!