Twistin' Tarantulas

Twistin' Tarantulas

The Concussions, The Lucky Strikes

Fri, March 1, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Brauer House

Lombard, IL

$6.00 - $8.00

This event is 21 and over

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Twistin' Tarantulas
Twistin' Tarantulas
The Twistin' Tarantulas, a hard-edged, roots-driven, Rock n' Roll band with the intensity of a five-alarm blaze, the conviction of a sinner at the gates of heaven, and an attitude of, well, a band from Detroit!

The place: The former Dispatch Laundry Co. and home to one "Pistol" Pete Midtgard, located in a Detroit neighborhood its residents affectionately refer to as, "Ghetto Heights"
The result: The formation of the Twistin' Tarantulas, a hard-edged, roots-driven, Rock n' Roll band with the intensity of a five-alarm blaze, the conviction of a sinner at the gates of heaven, and an attitude of, well, a band from Detroit!

Since their forming, the band has gone from a Sunday night side project to a full-time nationally touring act with three CDs of all original material. They've been north to Alaska, south to Key West, east to Helsinki, west to L.A. and everywhere else in-between. They have sold records throughout the world without the aid of a record label and have had their music used for MTV's "Real World" and "Road Rules," two movies, and several other TV and radio shows.

Musically, the band journeys across the American musical landscape, playing mostly their own material. They play a hybrid of Jump-Blues and Rockabilly with a modern Punk edge, avoiding most of the cliché associated with Rockabilly bands. This is no 1950s dog-n-pony show! When they do cover songs, expect the unexpected. On a given night, you'll hear Tom Waits, Bauhaus, Misfits, Motörhead, Tom Jones, Ramones, and even Kiss.

What started out as a band with a mission, has ended up being a man with a mission. Pistol Pete Midtgard, the lead singer, upright bassist, and main creative force is also the sole survivor of the original line-up. Like one of his favorite artists Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister of Motörhead, Pete's name and his band's name have become synonymous. For seventeen years, Pete has maintained a standard of intensity and musicianship through death, desertion, and even his own battle with cancer. Like the old man and the sea, he refuses to give up.

All the aforementioned information becomes apparent when you see the band live. Every year of experience, every twist and turn of their tortured course, and every tear of joy or sadness ever shed comes through in their performance. No wardrobe stylist, no make-up artist, no choreographer, no formula present, just three men telling their story and expressing themselves through their music.
The Concussions
The Concussions
"The kind of hard surf-rock your mama warned you about." Be afraid, be very afraid.
The Lucky Strikes
The Lucky Strikes
In the pantheon of Chicago rockabilly notables, Al Simon has blazed a trail and left a legacy matched by few. Beginning with the seminal roots rock outfit, The Rebel Rousers, followed by the art-rockabilly of The Git Gone Boys, Devil Dogs and continuing today with the iconoclastic The Lucky Strikes, Al continues to thrill patrons of dive bars across the Midwest.

Al Simon, lead singer and rhythm guitarist, was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. Son of local T.V. legend, "Smilin" Sam Simon, who hosted the popular local dance show, "Cotton Pickin' Hootenanny", Al had the opportunity to meet many of the famous rockers of the mid-fifties. Recalling those years back, Al says "those guys were real nice and always eager to show me a lick or two....except for Gene Vincent. he was kinda creepy and was always hittin' on my ma"!

Paul DiMatteo, lead guitarist and founding member of the Rebel Rousers, is truly a Chicago icon. Born of the mean streets of Northwest Chicago, his teenage years were spent as an apprentice musical assistant to the seminal 50's-60's Chicago greasa rock band, the Gargoyles. Paul's parents, concerned about his health and safety, sent him to live with his aunt in Memphis. It was there under the tutelage of several aged and retired former Sun Studio session guitarists that he honed his legendary rockin' style.

Wayne Harrison, aka "Clubfoot" Alfie, having been left on a door stoop as an infant and taken in by the most notorious Teddy Boy in East London, soon grew to be one of the most feared, pompadoured gangsters afoot. It was while recovering from a series of razor wounds collected at his latest rumble, that he discovered the healing elixir of rockabilly music. After wearing out his dad's Johnny Cash vinyl, he soon nicked his neighbor's tea chest and broom handle, strung it up and hasn't stopped slappin' since. A mad dash across the pond left him drying off in Chicago and in search of adventure in Yankeedom. After running into Al and Paul, they were finally able to discover ,through his booze riddled accent ,that he expressed a desire to play rockabilly. His wish was granted.

"Jumpin" Jeff McDermott, drums and backup vocals is the second half of the Rebel Rousers rhythm section. A classically trained percussionist with the Peoria symphony, Jeff came to rockabilly in an unusual manner. It was after a night of bad liquor and a woman of questionable repute, he wandered into the Death Delay Club, in the red light district of Peoria. There, he witnessed Danny Devil and the Delinquents, the primal rockabilly act of Southern Illinois. The spirit came within and he was never quite the same. Soon after, he hooked up as drummer for Hi Fi and the Roadburners, then ultimately with the Rebel Rousers. God bless his soul!
Venue Information:
Brauer House
1000 N Rohlwing Road #13
Lombard, IL, 60148