• Fri November 24, 2017 9:00 pm $20
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    Chicago’s RED RED MEAT are a full-fledged staple of the Empty Bottle and no 25th Anniversary could be complete without them returning to our stage. Unsurprisingly, the spin-off (and equally-excellent) CALIFONE is also a Bottle fave and we're lucky enough to have the ORIGINAL RRM LINEUP performing here tonight with two members of Califone at their side! This has never happened before, folks, and there's a damn good chance it'll never happen again. Not to be missed!

    “In the ‘90s RED RED MEAT was poised for world domination with a distinctively acid-stained, unhurried take on blues/roots music—-snazzily produced for record by its drummer, Brian Deck. But even with a cohesive and accessible album like 1995’s Bunny Gets Paid, RRM remained a cult act during the postgrunge heyday.”—-Time Out Chicago (Jul. 2008)

    We’ve celebrated a few NYE runs with these boys, most notably our ’94 end-of-the-year showdown with HUM and VELO DELUXE. Their last show here was a two-night run back in ‘09 with RICHARD EDWARDS AND THE NUKES and PILLARS & TONGUES. Almost ten years later, we get to re-live the action and relish the fact that they actually agreed to be a part of the fun.

    JOAN OF ARC is an ever-evolving entity of the "old school" indie-rock ethos, combining influences from innumerable genres to create their mind-bending musical output. They began in 1996 with the clear goal of “creating music for no audience.” And by this they meant that they were constant and voracious consumers and keen observers of many scenes contemporary at the time. These scenes had their own codes of membership and conformity. JOAN OF ARC set out knowing that their failure to be embraced by any prefab audience would be the proof of the singularity of their expression. 

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    Thanks to our partners EventbriteTopo ChicoA.V. Club & Chicago Athletic Association for supporting our 25th Anniversary! #EBlovesyou

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