While many suburban stages are dark during the summer, the Joliet area is alive and kicking with the sound of music!
Thursday night Aug 4thkicks off the weekend with another all-ages, seven-band metal blockbuster at Mojoe’s (22 W Cass St) starting at 6PM. “Woe, Is Me” headlines a show that also features “Serianna,” “For All I Am,” “A Beautiful Nightmare,” “Prospects,” “Unforgiven Enemy” and “Archers & Illuminators.”
If that wasn’t enough, the 21+ crowd takes over Mojoe’s at 10PM with more music to bang your head by when Sublime tribute band “40 oz To Freedom” begins tearing up the stage.
Starting Friday Four Seasons Park in Shorewood becomes home for the 2011 “Crossroads Festival.” “Deja-Vu” gets the party started at 5:15PM ripping into a set of Motown, classic rock, top 40 and pop/rock from the 80’s and 90’s. At 9PM Chicago’s “premier” dance and party band “Libido Funk Circus” rocks the fest until midnight. LFC encourages the audience to join the fun by dressing in similar colors as the band and this one they’re calling for a “red show”.
Joe’s Bar welcomes back “Broken Ego” along with opening act “Mason Avenue” in a two-band bill beginning at 9:30PM. Ego plays a compilation of hard rock tunes by artist as diverse as Molly Hatchet & Dio. Meanwhile Mason Avenue performs a mélange of cover tunes and originals and many of the self-penned compositions have enough hooks to catch a whale. Once again neither the bar nor the entertainment want to mention an address so I imagine part of the experience is to find the place on your own.
Saturday the “Crossroads Festival” continues with “Friday At Five Band” (you’d think they would’ve had them perform on Friday at 5) firing up at 5:30PM with more classic rock cuts than you’ll find in your Uncle’s enormous record collection. Following FAFB at 9:30PM are longtime Chicagoland favorites “Arra” firing off an assortment of arena rock anthems and multi-vocal choruses.
Classic hard rock band “Blind Persuasion” invites you over to Heroes West Saturday night at 10PM (1530 Commerce Lane) to “Get Blind”. Vocalist Kaye Sanchez leads the charge while the band rocks tunes by AC/DC, Metallica, Kiss and ZZ Top amongst others.
Sunday afternoon in nearby Frankfort singer/songwriter Julia Kay will be live commencing at 12:30PM. I do not know what the event is or where except to say she’ll be somewhere on Kansas St in downtown Frankfort. Where or whichever I’ve heard Julia online and she is an outstanding vocalist with a small arsenal of original tunes that are (or should be) headed for radio airplay.
If it’s Sunday then it must be time for the “Joliet Heritage Blues Jam” hosted by Bluesman/Showman T-Bird Huck. The JHBJ is a time honored Joliet tradition so head down to Kegler’s Sports Bar (905 Theodore St), order some fine victuals, kick back and enjoy an eargasm of some of the finest blues outside of Chicago and Memphis. If you’re an axe-slinger and ready to throw down then by all means ink your moniker to the sign-up sheet.
On a somber and somewhat personal note, Monday Aug 8th marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of one of Joliet’s finest musicians of the past three decades in the name of Larry Anderson Jr. Larry was a very close, dear personal friend and confidant of mine and as devastating as his death was to me (and continues to be), his passing left a yet to be filled hole in the Joliet musical community. Beside his great humor and infectious laughter, he was willing to jam with just about anyone and many a young musician playing local shows today owe a debt of gratitude to Larry for his encouragement, advice and technical coaching. Whether he was thundering on his drum kit, tinkling on the keyboard, tearing into an outrageous guitar solo or belting out a classic rocker, Larry was a consummate performer and entertainer. For thirty years he was more my brother than those that shared my blood, a frequent band mate and the one person in this world that I could confide in. You took a part of me with you that day but we’ll see one another again. Until then, I’m holding center stage for you my friend.
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