The IPO takes over a handful of bars for around 2 weeks here in Chicago every April. For one low admission charge (usually $10 or less), you get to see up to 8 artists giving their all and having a blast. Over the course of a few days, up to 150 artists will have played & entertained. The crowds are always as much fun as the artists on stage, since many musicians, DJs and fans of local music are filling the floors every night to see other artists that they may never have seen before or ones that have not seen in many years. Some tremendous shows have happened in years past here in Chicago, including reunions of Shoes, Pezband, EIEIO & The Elvis Brothers. The Elvis Brothers reunion was extremely special, as the band broke up quietly in the early 90's with no real goodbye. This one-time reunion packed the house, and gave the band the chance to go out in style. IPO founder, David Bash, said it was the loudest applause and crowd reaction the IPO has ever had.
David Bash, the tall man in the big black hat, has some special shows lined up for us this year, too. The Chicago IPO started earlier this week and runs through Sunday, April 27th. You'll find IPO events held at 5 bars in town: the Abbey Pub (3420 W. Grace), Double Door (1572 N. Milwaukee), the Elbo Room (2871 N. Lincoln), Bird's Nest (2500 N. Southport) & The Spot (4437 N. Broadway). Tonight, the Krinkles reunite for what they are calling a one-time reunion & farewell show at The Spot. Next Thursday at Double Door, Enuff Z'Nuff plays, with Donnie Vie making his Chicago return as lead vocalist. The highlight night (for me anyway) is next Friday the 26th at The Abbey Pub (my favorite of the IPO locations). That night features: a reunited Webstirs, the Bradburys, the Ted Asani Project (Ted comes from Material Issue, of course), the Valley Downs (featuring the talented husband-wife team of Mike Galassini & the beautiful Marinne Shimkus) and the still-going-strong Off Broadway, usa (as well as 3 other bands)!
This years lineup is heavy on local & Midwestern acts, as most Chicago IPOs are, but there are also plenty of acts that have never been to Chicago before that will be exciting to see. For a complete schedule of Chicago's IPO, click on the link below. In the immortal words of John, Paul, George & Ringo: Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!!!