- JOHN STURDY
For the past three years Logan Square’s the Owl has made a name for itself as a chic late-night watering hole—hell, Dave Chappelle reportedly turned up there on Saturday night. The bar’s also become hub for the local music scene thanks to talent buyer and Automatic Recordings founder Aaron Dexter, who’s brought Silver Apples, Pelican, and Wolf Eyes to the hot spot and also installed its cassette vending machine.
Dexter’s put together a weeklong bash to celebrate the Owl’s three-year anniversary, and the minifest kicks off tonight. Although I’m burnt out on all things “festival” related, now that the season of big outdoor music fests is finally over I’m pretty keen on what Dexter put together, especially Sunday night’s closing show with Disappears, Melkbelly, and Indian Jewelry, who haven’t performed in Chicago in five years. Check out the full lineup below, we included links to old Reader write-ups of many of the acts on the bill.
Mon 9/22: Permanent Records copresents the Stevens, Life Stinks, and the Hecks. Permanent Records DJs spin throughout the night.
Tue 9/23: Third-year beer collaboration with 4 Hands Brewing Company with $3 beer specials and food trucks.
Wed 9/24: DJ and solo sets from members of Slushy.
Thu 9/25: Dan’l Boone, Ono, and Le Tour.
Fri 9/26: Still Music main man Jerome Derradji and Mark Grusane.
Sat 9/27: Impala Sound Champions and E Da Boss.
Sun 9/28: Disappears, Indian Jewelry, and Melkbelly.