Supersuckers

Wed Oct 27 2021

7:00 PM

Reggies Music Joint

2105 South State Street Chicago, IL 60616

$15

Ages 21+

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Reggies Music Joint
8pm doors / 9pm show / 21+   
$15 

Empire Productions presents:
Supersuckers
Rod Gator 
Curio
The Evictions 

 

Empire Productions presents:
Supersuckers

  • Supersuckers

    Supersuckers

    Rock

    You’ve heard our name, you’ve seen our records, our t-shirts and our stickers. We’re probably the favorite band of someone you know and yet maybe we’re still a mystery to you. Well my friend, that’s okay, you’re at the right place to get to know the greatest rock-n-roll band in the world, The Supersuckers.

    And the next time you see the ‘Supersuckers’ name, whether it’s in the record store, online somewhere, or on the marquee at your local rock club, know that there’s some quality, honest, ass-kicking, hard working individuals behind it all trying to make your life a little better through the “Evil Powers Of Rock-n-Roll” (and the occasional detour into the country music, of course) and we’d love nothing better than to have you there with us as! Just remember to wear clean underwear, because we’re gonna rock your pants right off of you.

    - Eddie Spaghetti, Rock Guy
    The Supersuckers
  • Rod Gator

    Rod Gator

    Americana

     You can take the Gator out of Louisiana, but you can't take Louisiana out of the Gator. 

    Years before launching his career as an internationally-celebrated southern songwriter, Rod Gator grew up in the Louisiana backcountry, making trips to his family's crayfish pond while absorbing the sounds, stories, and swampy swagger of his surroundings. 

    "My dad is an old-school Cajun guy who wanted to name me 'Gator,'" he says. "He's got a good sense of humor, and I think he was also a big of Burt Reynolds' Gator films, which were a big hit at the drive-ins in the '70s."

    Gator's mother didn't approve of the suggestion, and the boy was christened "Rod Melancon" instead. It was under that name that he first made his stand as a musician, releasing four albums — including 2019's critically-lauded Pinkville — that blended Louisiana soul with greasy country-rock, Texas blues, and electrified funk. Rod's music didn't just nod to the American South; it created its own sonic geography, too, channeling everything from the dark, cinematic sweep of Los Angeles (where he moved as an 18 year-old actor) to the amplified twang of Austin (his adopted hometown for nearly half a decade). With 2021's For Louisiana, he blends that diverse sound with sharply-written songs that take a hard look at his old stomping grounds. This isn't just a love letter to Louisiana — it's also an examination of the state's hard-to-love struggles with social justice, political reform, and natural disasters. 

    For a frontman who's at the top of his game — writing every song, leading a multi-cultural band of road warriors, and whipping up his own musical gumbo — there's never been a better time to level up while still embracing his roots. That's why he's adopting a new name. A name with humor, heritage, and a bit of a bite: Rod Gator. 

    "For Louisiana is a product of where I grew up and where I've been since I left town," Gator says, speaking in the southern drawl he picked up during his childhood in Vermilion Parrish. "It's also a product of a group of players from different backgrounds, coming together to create. Any time you have a unique group of musicians from all kinds of cultures, the sound is going to be special. That's emblematic of Louisiana, too. It's emblematic of the Cajun people."

    These are the strongest performances of his career, laced with Muscle Shoals-worthy grooves, overdriven amplifiers, sharp storytelling, and Gator's unique blend of spoken-word delivery and southern crooning. He doesn't just sing; he rasps, twangs, talks, and howls, dipping into his background as an actor for a larger-than-life approach that's every bit as evocative as the songs' arrangements. There's something equally cinematic about songs like the moody, guitar-driven "Chickenhawk" (a war song delivered from a military man's perspective), the funky "Mermentau Bridge" (a nostalgic look at the places we're from, and the vices that are slow to leave us), and the heartland-rock title track, all of which were co-produced by longtime collaborator (and son of Emmy-winning composer Snuffy Walden) Will Walden. Meanwhile, "August 29" is a talking-blues anthem punctuated by Stax-sized organs and thick vocal harmonies — the sort of song that might have blasted from the AM radio dial of a muscle car as it pulled into the drive-in for a Gator showing — and "Out Here in Echo Park" is a slow-building, piano-driven power ballad fit for slow dances and lighters hoisted into the air.

    The first album to be tracked at Grammy-winning producer Adrian Quesada's new studio, Electric Deluxe Recorders, For Louisiana also features contributions from Melancon's longtime drummer, Adam Nurre, and Black Pumas' keyboardist, JaRon Marshall. On an album that's heavy with A-list collaborators, though, it's Rod Gator who swims to the top. His source material may be heavy — with songs inspired by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the murder of George Floyd, and the long-simmering racial tensions that continue to plague Louisiana — but his writing is elevated, full of the cadence, characters, and charisma of his home state. For Louisiana is equal parts love letter to the motherland and rallying cry for cultural progress, delivered by a Bayou State export who's still happy to let his freak flag fly.
  • Curio

    Curio

    Rock

    Curio is a hell-raisin’ and soul-shakin’ rock n’ roll band from Chicago, IL. Their music is steeped in southern gothic lore by way of the Midwest. Heavily influenced by the growl of Chicago blues, the low-down and dirty swamp rock of Louisiana and the twang of Tennessee country, Curio conjures a sound that has as many influences as there are miles on I-55 from The Windy City to The Big Easy. Chris Pluska and his band of wayward gamblers have been playing to crowds at juke joints, dives and clubs since 2009. Curio’s live show has the fervent energy of a backwoods revival and the no-holds-barred attitude of a bar brawl. Their records are love letters to the bastards, brawlers, vagabonds, and believers who’ve shaped American folklore for better or for worse. Curio’s tales have been described as ‘Midwest murder ballads’ that depict the timeless narrative of wrong-doing and temptation.
  • The Evictions

    The Evictions

    Rock

    Chicago rock band the Evictions are released a new EP this August, coming off the heels of their first album put out September 11th 2017. Clocking in at 23 minutes, their 7 song debut is a blast of energy that digs up the excitement of proto punk legends, the loose approach of great garage rock, and the loud mouth attitude of a street band with something real to say. Tracked at Electrical Audio in Chicago of Steve Albini notoriety, this is a snapshot of obvious hooks, no frills fuzz destruction that keeps it fast, simple, and tasteful between all 3 band mates. With each member having a long track record of previous band accomplishments.. ( the Last Vegas, Black Actress, and the Lucks) it comes across as much more than a debut album. Engineer Sanford Parker has dialed in plenty of heavy bands such as Eyehategod, Yob, Voivod, etc, which gives the rough edges a big sonic punch throughout the mix.
    This is the beginning of the road for these dudes, with an additional live tracks & B-Sides album lined up for early 2019 and another full length ready to record... expect a lot of big, loud things to come.

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Empire Productions presents:

Supersuckers

Wed Oct 27 2021 7:00 PM

Reggies Music Joint Chicago IL
Supersuckers

$15 Ages 21+

Reggies Music Joint
8pm doors / 9pm show / 21+   
$15 

Empire Productions presents:
Supersuckers
Rod Gator 
Curio
The Evictions 

 

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