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young in the scene [Jul. 20th, 2008|08:33 pm]
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to put this in perspective.. i'm 22.

i've been trying to find the chicago rockabilly scene, and i know about big c's and i try to make it to exit for rockabilly night, but, that seems to be the slowest night there for them, and the Dj some times fails in his play list. this community, and chicagorockabilly.com or what ever it is/used to be have clearly fallen out of the update circle, is there anywhere else to get updates on the going's on around town?

thanks so much

[User Picture]From: docdetroit
2008-07-21 02:53 pm (UTC)
I must admit that I am with you on this. The "scene" seems to not be as apparent as one would hope. I have been to Thursdays at Exit as well and enjoy it because I am friends with one of the bartenders. But it seems to be more on the punk psychobilly style. Which is fine but sometimes you just want some old-fashioned rockabily. I have heard of Holiday Club having some Sunday events. But still it seems sparse.
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[User Picture]From: fornikate
2008-07-21 04:41 pm (UTC)
Holiday Club on Sundays is Jimmy Sutton's night.
The Horseshoe has a house band, look up their site.
Smoke Daddy has a house band as well on the weekends.
Stalk Jimmy Sutton's website and the Three Blue Teardrops site.
Carol's Pub is good for rockabilly.
I'm not giving up all my secrets, but there's some.
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[User Picture]From: docdetroit
2008-07-21 04:53 pm (UTC)
HA! Thank you for taking the sarcasm I put out there.

Really I think it is just a trial and error time thing. Another place to go is California Clipper. They have that style people are looking for.

I know that Chicago Meet-up is working on getting a group for Rockabilly too.

If I wasn't so bogged down with my many other projects, I would love to try and organize a Chicagoland Weekender.
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[User Picture]From: fornikate
2008-07-21 05:06 pm (UTC)
What sarcasm?

California Clipper is full of hipsters, beware. They are invading the neighborhood.
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[User Picture]From: docdetroit
2008-07-21 05:25 pm (UTC)
Oh....Well, when I quoted the word "scene" I meant it as if there is some sort of secret society of Pomade and fishnets. Guess it didn't really translate huh?

Yeah Clipper can be a Hipster place. The last few times I have been into Carol's has been a bit annoying too. As if Wrigleyville dropped off all the fratboys after hours.

How is Cobra?
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[User Picture]From: fornikate
2008-07-21 05:28 pm (UTC)
Better when it first opened, hipsters on the weekend mostly. Tuesdays are the best days.
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[User Picture]From: docdetroit
2008-07-21 05:33 pm (UTC)
Gah! The double-edged sword of life strikes again. Now that I am older and are less tolerant for those people, the best times to avoid them are on nights that I don't go out because I am older.

DAMN YOU CRUEL FATE!!! *shakes fist*
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[User Picture]From: thelostgirl
2008-07-21 11:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you both so much i will have to map those all out, i swear it'd probably be easier if i lived in the city instead of an hour out.

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[User Picture]From: thelostgirl
2008-07-21 11:50 pm (UTC)
'"Well, when I quoted the word "scene"'

i didn't mean it like that, i just ment the places to find like minded people and since i'm about... 8-10 years behind the 'craze' it seems harder. and yes, exit is very psychobilly. and occasionally they get very british, not bad, but still not what i'm looking for.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-01-15 02:58 am (UTC)

Mobile scene

The chicago rockabilly scene was large and strong and has dwindled down a bit. They all dont hang out at one specific spot but tend to be mobile. Its an older 30 somethings crowd now and most of them live in the burbs now with kids etc etc. The usual wave of young kids didnt fill the ranks in the last 3 or 4 years.. too much marilyn manson i guess. Their gatherings focus on bands for the most part.. whenever a rockabilly band comes to town they usually show up. the Horseshoe, The california clipper, subterranean now sometimes, Fitzgeralds and Big C.. used to be a sunday deal at happy village. Other events like hunnert car pileup draws the hot rod/rockabilly folks. check out chicagorockabilly.com or the chicago rollers yahoo group for notices on who is playing when. Also watch for bands like Big Sandy.. that draws 'em like flies. :-)
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[User Picture]From: thelostgirl
2009-01-15 08:21 am (UTC)

Re: Mobile scene

thanks yeah. Big C's, which was written about in the chicago times as being "Billy Thursdays", I go when I can, may go next month. But, to shows and stuff like that, I don't like showing up alone and because the scene is older and has shrunk, I feel like an extra on Cheers.

and chicagorockabilly.com is good to find band sites, but it hasn't been updated in a couple of years.

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