What a week… many of you spent it in the dark when the storm knocked out your power, you’re boss was hounding you, it was hot, humid and sticky…you need some relief and to vent some stress and live music is the way to let it out! If you want to scream, dance, bang your head or chill out to some cool tunes, whatever…the Joliet area has it happening!
Saturday Night Marty “Big Dog” Mercer brings the blues back to The Bunker Bar, located in the Cantigny Post located at 826 Horseshoe Drive at 8:30PM. Big Dog will be introducing his new band as well as doing T-shirt and CD raffles all night long!
“Life Is Drama” rocks the stage at Kegler’s Sports Bar (905 Theodore St) at 9PM. Fronted by lead singer Mindi Cassell, LID performs a wide array of tunes including cuts by Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, Poison and AC/DC as well as Miranda Lambert, Gretchen Wilson and others.
Right down the street Bada Brew (802 Theodore) offers up a molten metal mix with “Skull King”, “Deadman’s Hand” and “Stone Guard” with a start time of 9PM. One thing is for sure and that is the fact that Joliet is a great place to see live metal!
Mojoe’s at 22 W Cass offers up yet another multi band heavy rock concert, this time bringing in no less than eight prog-metal bands! “Animals As Leaders”, “Intronaut”, “Dead Letter”, “Circus”, “Last Chance To Reason”, Evan Brewer (From the band “The Faceless”), “Vultress” and “Fathoms” start destroying the bandstand at 6PM. Catch this tour before it heads overseas next month.
The hard driving roots/classic rock band “Hard Times” headlines at Bobby McGee’s (1200 Cedarwood Dr.) at 9PM. These guys deliver a healthy blast of biker rock aimed directly at your chest, which is just how Joliet folk likes it.
Classic rock favorites “Under D Influence” slams Joe’s Bar Saturday night starting at 9:30PM. Musicians from throughout the area that aren’t gigging that night usually end up at a UDI show so you never know who may pop in and sit in with the band. Now, I’d like to give you the address to Joe’s Bar, but neither the band nor the venue felt it necessary to include it either in the show announcement or the bar’s Facebook page so I imagine they want you to hunt for it…I’m not going to do that. I can tell you it’s on Jefferson St west of the airport.
Over at Plainfield Fest the action gets underway at 3PM with “The Jack Pines”, self-described as “Dirty rust belt country rock with a chase of folk”. Power pop band “One Twenty West” starts rocking the stage at 5PM followed at 6PM by the blues-rock styling of “40 Miles To Chicago”. At 9PM “The Karen Hart Band” returns to Plainfield Fest to headline the Saturday night line-up and with that, you couldn’t ask for a better variety of music for a summer festival.
The music keeps coming at the Forest Edge Rock Fest (16349 S Forest Edge Dr in Plainfield) starting at noon. The Saturday line-up includes “Brown Bag Special”, “Bad Saddles”, “Delightful Downfall”, “Up From The Worm Wood”, ”Pistol Whipping A Blind Kid”, “Mason Avenue”, “Under Protest” and “Etlin Zylin”. As a side note, Etlin Zylin drummer John Savage is the son of “Skull King” drummer John Savage Sr. who is also playing in town that night.
On Sunday Plainfield Fest jump-starts the music at high noon with “The Moonlighters” followed at 2PM by “Overman” performing a set of roots and rock music. At 4PM “Jaw Potato” closes out the festivities with their own brand of classic party rock by artist ranging from The Beatles to Snoop Dog.
The stage at the Forest Edge Rock Fest is jumping all day with “The Thirsty Travelers”, “Good Morning Captain”, “Dead Man’s Hand” and “The Wrecker Brothers”.
And finally Sunday night the weekly “Joliet Heritage Blues Jam” starts swinging at 6PM. Hosted by the original blues brother T-Bird Huck, the jam is a great way to close out the weekend. If you want to kick back and be amazed by some truly outstanding musicians or if you think you got what it takes to play with these guys, head over to Kegler’s Sports Bar & Grill at 905 Theodore St. The JHBJ has been going in some form or another for about to 20 years now and most of the musicians are top notch. The kitchen stays open until close so make a night of it!
As you can see, Joliet and the surrounding area is a hotbed of local bands, concerts, festivals, jams and touring acts by a wide range of bands, musicians and musical genres, but if you want to keep it alive…you must support the local music scene by going to see the bands and patronizing the venues!