Showing posts with label Riot Fest 2012. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Riot Fest 2012. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Five Blistering Nights of Reverend Horton Heat at City Winery Chicago 10/11-15

Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar:
The City Church of the Reverend Horton Heat featuring Unknown Hinson w/ special guests Koffin Kats - 10/11/17

Reverend Horton Heat, Riot Fest 2012
Photo credit for all shots: Bonnie Kenaz-Mara 

This Wednesday, we'll be ChiILin' in Chi, IL at City Winery for the first of a streak of five shows by Reverend Horton Heat with support by Unknown Hinson and Koffin Kats. Here at ChiIL Live Shows, we've seen Reverend Horton Heat many times over the years, but I'll have to say my favorite is still Riot Fest 2012 when I had press credentials and got to shoot them from the pit. They always put on an excellent, high energy, live show that's a must see for rockabilly lovers. We have press credentials once again for Wednesday's kick off to the City Winery run, so check back soon for our full review and photo recap. 

THESE ARE STANDING ROOM SHOWS - Limited seating is available for $55 and standing room tickets are $28 in advance and $32 on the day of the show.
The undisputed Godfather of Psychobilly, The Reverend Horton Heat, invites its congregation to join them this October in Chicago for five white-hot nights as City Winery is transformed to The City Church of The Reverend Horton Heat.
Making the run even more special, each show will feature a unique line-up with very special guests. Get ready as hot rods, lowriders and choppers descend on Chicago's West Loop for The City Church of The Reverend Horton Heat.

10/11 - featuring Unknown Hinson w/ special guests Koffin Kats
Loaded guns, space heaters, and big skies. Welcome to the lethal littered landscape of Jim Heath’s imagination. True to his high evangelical calling, Jim is a Revelator, both revealing & reinterpreting the country-blues-rock roots of American music. He’s a time-travelling space-cowboy on an endless interstellar musical tour, and we are all the richer & “psychobillier” for getting to tag along.

Seeing REVEREND HORTON HEAT live is a transformative experience. Flames come off the guitars. Heat singes your skin. There’s nothing like the primal tribal rock & roll transfiguration of a Reverend Horton Heat show. Jim becomes a slicked-back 1950′s rock & roll shaman channeling Screamin’ Jay Hawkins through Buddy Holly, while Jimbo incinerates the Stand- Up Bass. And then there are the “Heatettes”. Those foxy rockabilly chicks dressed in poodle-skirts and cowboy boots slamming the night away. It’s like being magically transported into a Teen Exploitation picture from the 1950′s that’s currently taking place in the future.

Listening to the REVEREND HORTON HEAT is tantamount to injecting pure musical nitrous into the hot-rod engine of your heart. The Reverend’s commandants are simple. And no band on this, or any other, planet rocks harder, drives faster, or lives truer than the Reverend Horton Heat. These “itinerant preachers” actually practice what they preach. They live their lives by the Gospel of Rock & Roll.

From the High-Octane Spaghetti-Western Wall of Sound in “Big Sky” — to the dark driving frenetic paranoia of “400 Bucks” – to the brain-melting Western Psychedelic Garage purity of “Psychobilly Freakout” — The Rev’s music is the perfect soundtrack to the Drive-In Movie of your life.

Jim Heath & Jimbo Wallace have chewed up more road than the Google Maps drivers. For twenty-five Psychobilly years, they have blazed an indelible, unforgettable, and meteoric trail across the globe with their unique blend of musical virtuosity, legendary showmanship, and mythic imagery.

Rev your engines and catch the sermon on the road as it’s preached by everybody’s favorite Reverend.

Click HERE for tickets and more show info about the City Winery Chicago run.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Reverend Horton Heat Joins Victory Records #liveshowshots #Riotfest

Here at ChiIL Live Shows, Reverend Horton Heat is one of our favorites!!   Check out our original LIVE show shots from their set at Riot Fest 2012 in Humboldt Park, Chicago right here.   

All photos by Bonnie Kenaz-Mara for ChiIL Live Shows.


Victory Records is honored to announce that THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT has joined the Victory roster.

The Rev comments, “We are very excited to be a Victory band now. Since we are going to get back to doing some edgier stuff, it makes perfect sense to be on Victory. Plus, they are as passionate as we are. Stay tuned for some crazy ideas about our new album. Tony said I'm graduating to Pope. Hallelujah!!!” “Signing a veteran artist of The Reverend Horton Heat’s caliber and reputation coupled with the fact that they are one of the hardest touring rock artists, year after year, is a very exciting way for us to end 2012. A large number of us here have been fans for many years. We very much look forward to working with the band and its longstanding team,” said Victory founder Tony Brummel.

Formed in 1985, THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT exploded on the scene by playing gigs around their hometown of Dallas, Texas, mixing elements of surf, country, punk, big band and rockabilly to create a genre that took the world by storm. Often imitated, never duplicated, the Rev has continued to garner the support of both the underground rockabilly/ psychobilly scene and mainstream critics. Throughout the band’s million plus album selling career, their music has been featured in countless TV shows, movies and commercials, it’s impossible to deny the powerful force that is THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT.  They continue to electrify audiences time and time again with their incredible stage presence, rock ‘n roll charisma and contagious energy.

Ready to revive a genre that’s been watered down for years, THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT have jump started their headlining STEWED, SCREWED and TATTOOED tour that will ignite over fifty-seven cities across the US this Winter and throughout 2013.  Lemmy from MOTORHEAD said it best, “Reverend Horton Heat, he’s great and plays the music he believes in and nothing else. Go see him or I’ll kill you!” Prepare to rock harder than you have ever rocked before!  See the full listing of tour dates here.

Watch for the announcement of THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT’s debut Victory Records release in 2013 and stay tuned for updates! Brand new t-shirt designs are currently available through the Victory Records’ webstore.
For more information on Reverend Horton Heat:

Headlining Tour Dates:

11/30- New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
12/01- New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
12/02- Boston, MA @ Paradise
12/04- Washington, DC @ 930 Niteclub
12/05- Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
12/06- Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of The Living
12/07- Philadelphia, PA @ North Star
12/08- Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance
12/09- Harrisburg, PA @ Fed Live
12/11- Collinsville, CT @ Bridge Street Live
12/12- Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
12/13- Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
12/14- Portland, MD @ Port City Music Hall
12/15- Hampton, NH @ Wally’s Pub
12/16- Syracuse, NY @ The Westcott
12/18- Marietta, GA @ Adelphia Music Hall
12/19- Knoxville, TN @ The Square Room
12/20- Nashville, TN @ Exit In
12/27- Hollywood, CA @ Fonda Theatre
12/28- Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl
12/29- Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
12/30- Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre
12/31- Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
01/18- Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
1/20- Winter Park, CO @ Ullr’s
1/22- Durango, CO @ Abbey Theatre
1/23- Telluride, CO @ Sheridan Opera
1/24- Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
1/25- Grand, CO @ Mesa Theatre
1/26- Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
1/28- Crested Butte, CO @ The Eldo
1/29- Vail, CO @ Sandbar
1/30- Breckenridge, CO @ Three 20 South
1/31- Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
2/01- Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
2/02- Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
2/08- San Marcos, TX @ Texas Music Theater
2/09- McKinney, TX @ Hank’s
2/21- Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Ballroom
2/22- Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
2/23- Sheridan, WY @ Scotty’s Skate Castle
2/24- Victor, ID @ Knotty Pine
2/26- Ketchum, ID @ Whiskey Jacques
2/27- Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
2/28- Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
3/01- Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
3/02- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
3/03- Eugene, OR @ John Henry’s
3/05- Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
3/06- Sparks, NV @ The Alley
3/07- Modesto, CA @ Fat Cat’s Music
3/08- Indio, CA @ Date Shed
3/09- Bakersfield, CA @ B Ryders
3/10- Costa Mesa, CA @ OC Fair & Expo
3/12- Yuma, AZ @ Strummer’s Village
3/13- Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
3/14- Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Official Riot Fest Recap--Chicago #RiotFest


**ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows will be editing our 3,000 pixs and videos and running photo filled Riot Fest recaps for weeks.   For now, check out our LIVE pit photos from The Offspring Friday night at Congress right here and our best of Saturday and best of Sunday by clicking the links.**

RIOT FEST day-crowd. Photo credit: Mathew Stokes

The eighth annual RIOT FEST--the music festival which celebrates rockindie, punk and underground artists from every era--wrapped a successful run in its flagship home of Chicago drawing over 65,000 fans in its inaugural 3-day run this past weekend (September 14-16). Expanding into an outdoor music event and carnival in Humboldt Park for the first time, RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL proved to be a triumphant and celebratory event featuring full-throttle performances from Rise AgainstIggy and The StoogesElvis CostelloThe OffspringDescendentsThe Jesus And Mary ChainNOFXA Day To RememberThe Promise Ring,Dropkick MurphysAlkaline TrioThe Gaslight AnthemChiodosAwolnation, Built To SpillGogol BordelloNeon TreesFishboneGWARHot Water MusicSlapstickAndrew W.K.CursiveImagine DragonsThe AdictsNoBunny, Of Mice & MenMinus The BearFrank TurnerCoheed and Cambria, Less Than Jake, Japanther, A Wilhelm Scream, Screaming Females, The Henry Clay People, Fireworks and many more.

After stops in BrooklynToronto and its Chicago homebase, RIOT FEST heads south to Dallas, TX for its final show of 2012 on Saturday, September 22 atGexa Energy Pavilion. Artists featured on Saturday’s stop include: Rise Against, Descendents, NOFX, The Gaslight Anthem, Less Than Jake, Andrew WK, The Sword, Municipal Waste, Teenage Bottlerocket, Off With Their Heads, Messengers, The News Can Wait, Fever Dreamer, Mouth Of The South, The American Heist, Venomous Maximus and Not In The Face.

Iggy and The Stooges wrap up Sunday night at RIOT FEST  Photo credit: Kat Schleicher

Ferris Wheel at RIOT FEST. Photo credit Heather Kaplan/COS.

Check out what the press is saying about RIOT FEST and the powerful performances from its wide mix of artists:

As if to soak every drop of sunshine out of the waning summer, Riot Fest brought 60,000 fans and 47 bands on four stages to the West Side park for one final fling in ideal weather. The park measured up as a comfortable landing spot for concertgoers; unlike the increasingly cramped confines of the smaller Union Park, which caps at about 20,000 people a day for the Pitchfork Music Festival in mid-July, Riot Fest felt a good deal more spacious. It lacked the human bottlenecks that plague Lollapalooza in Grant Park, and corporate signage was conspicuously absent. To fully saturate the senses, there also were circus rides, clowns, jugglers and professional wrestlers.”
--Greg Kot, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/17/12

“This summer, I caught parts of Pitchfork, Lollapalooza, North Coast, the Hideout Block Party/A.V. Fest and Riot Fest.  Without question, the most easy going, least pretentious and fun crowd was the one I experienced over two days in Humboldt Park at Riot Fest. While Lollapalooza takes a bit too much advantage of it's sprawling environs in Grant Park, both Pitchfork and North Coast seem rather cramped at times in Union Park on the west side. It was really the perfect setup because sound bleed wasn't a problem between stages (set times were well staggered which helped) and yet the stages were still close enough to allow concertgoers to catch as many artists as possible. Personally, I can't wait to see how they try to top this in the summer of 2013 because as it stands right now, Riot Fest is second in Chicago festival size and stature only to Lollapalooza.”
--Jim RyanCHICAGO NOW (9/19/12)

The transformation of Riot Fest from a late-autumnal, five-day club haunt into a last-week-o’-summer outdoor festival now stabs a sharp period on the end of the increasingly eclectic and electronic season by blaring all rock and roll, all the time. …The weather agreed. After an opening night (with Neon Treesthe Offspring and more) indoors at the Congress Theater, the eighth annual Riot Fest expanded Saturday and Sunday into sunny, cool Humboldt Park, complete with four stages and carnival rides. Saturday’s lineup featured party animal Andrew W.K., Chicago punks Rise Against and the creatures of GWAR in a rare daylight performance. Sunday’s bill ran the gamut, too, from the basic pop-punk of L.A.’s NOFX and Chicago’s Alkaline Trio to veteran new wave kingpins and local garage rockers. Sunday spotlighted two ’80s icons. First, the sedate statesmen of the Jesus & Mary Chain generated its torrents of guitar squall. I forget how sludgy they can get in concert, opening with a bass-heavy, almost country lope (“Snakedriver”) and then brightening up the guitars and the rhythm for “Head On.” Guy next to me: “They’re like Helmet on Quaaludes.” Elvis Costello & the Imposterson a main stage but in a sundown slot, played the most Attractions-rich set I’ve seen the old curmudgeon deliver. Peeling off track after track from a best-of set list--“Radio Radio,” “(I Don’t Want to Go To) Chelsea,” “Less Than Zero,” “(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes,” “Pump It Up,” a raucous reggae take on “Watching the Detectives,” on and on--he barely took a breath as his band of pros colored the old chestnuts but kept them hot. …Iggy Pop, his mane and his lumpy torso hit the stage embodying “Raw Power.” He and the Stooges spent the festival’s final hour reeling between rockabilly grooves and punk attacks. The biggest hit of the weekend, though, may have been Humboldt Park, which acquitted itself well as a festival site. Riot Fest reports 30,000 people attended each day Saturday and Sunday, but the park sure felt roomy and easy to maneuver. The addition of carnival rides is a great touch.”
--Thomas Conner, CHICAGO SUN TIMES (September 17, 2012)

The almighty, headlining Stooges were just gathering momentum on the Riot Stage, entering a barnstormer rendition of ‘1970,’ as tens of thousands stood in awe… James Osterberg, Jr. was a force Sunday night, a creepy, horny, sixty-five-year-old force of nature, but the Stooges were incredible in their own right. As any rock n’ roll scholar knows, if your only knowledge of the Stooges was their first album, your head would have exploded at Riot Fest. Even considering the later records, this band has become so tight and so talented as to be, arguably, at the all-time top of their game. …There’s too much to be said about this set. All I know is there will never be another Stooges, and it’ll be a sad day when Iggy’s reign as the king of punk inevitably comes to a close. But it'll take the grave. And then, just maybe, we’ll see another. Until then, we know where to look for inspiration.”
-- Dave Satterwhite, TIME OUT CHICAGO, 9/17/12

“The final day of Riot Fest was anything but riotous. Perfect weather, a friendly crowd, old timer headliners and enough snarky t-shirts to stock 10 Alley's, the punk rock circus was a success. Headliners Iggy and The Stooges, Gogol Bordello, Alkaline Trio and Elvis Costello & The Imposters knew why they were booked. Each act played a greatest hits set, or at least hits to the crowd. The inaugural Riot Fest in Humboldt Park will hopefully happen again. No longer stuck choosing between legendary punk bands on opposite sides of the city, a Pitchfork-like setup made seeing acts, well, a day in the park.”
--Brandon Weatherbee, HUFFINGTON POST (9/18/12)

“Aside from the impeccable line-upRiot Fest Chicago stood out in another way: The awesome (!) addition of a carnival! Featuring ridesLucha Libre, side show acts and much more, as one can imagine, the carnival portion of Riot Fest yielded much joy . . . and bizarro sights.”
--Brian Howe Battle, PUREVOLUME.COM (9/17/12)

There's something about a Ferris Wheel that can put anyone in a good mood. This year Riot Fest evolved from a collection of shows spread out among several venues to a full-fledged festival in Humboldt Park, with four stages, circus performers, and carnival rides and games. …in our Riot Fest preview founder Mike Petryshyn compared his new baby to a state fair. But unlike most state fairs, Riot Fest is about punk, and the mix of rowdy bands and brightly light attractions proved to be a winning one. Any good carnival combines youthful rambunctiousness with grown-up nostalgia, and the Riot Fest lineup provided for plenty of both as well. Take California punk act NOFX, whose juvenile sense of humor seems to defy the aging process; on Sunday afternoon they traded playful, self-deprecating jabs between fast-paced punk tunes. Four hours later Iggy & the Stooges burst onstage, churning out their brutal classic protopunk while Iggy thrashed and yelped…the oppressive atmosphere that tends to hang over large festivals was absent. Maybe it was the pleasant, totally nonsweltering weather, the shady greenery of Humboldt Park, or the remarkably well-behaved crowd, which certainly never felt like tens of thousands of people.The best part had to be the carnival, though—or rather the marriage of punk bands and a carnival. The side attractions functioned as a welcome respite from the sometimes overwhelming festival experience—being stuck in a mass of humanity for eight or ten hours can make any sane person feel claustrophobic. This year at Riot Fest folks could take in a wrestling match while halfway listening to Elvis Costello & the Imposters, or catch an impromptu performance by the Environmental Encroachment marching band in the middle of Hot Water Music's set. Sometimes the juxtapositions were perfect: I never thought I'd get to watch fire jugglers while the Descendents played.”
--Leor Galil, CHICAGO READER, (9/19/12) 

Promoter Mike Petryshyn has done the unthinkable: He’s added another outdoor festival to Chicago. …They went all out in the inaugural year of this format. When the poster reads “and Carnival” they weren’t kidding. This added such a unique element to what’s admittedly become such a predictable format these days. All throughout the weekend, thousands upon thousands of patrons waited in line for either the Ferris Wheel, the tilt-a-whirl, or the fun house. It was surreal, but on paper it successfully pushed past the confines of what a music festival can be and what it can offerRiot Fest, in a way, rewrote the rules. I mean, really, outside of maybe Coachella, where else can you hop on a Ferris Wheel and hear the Descendents blast through choice cuts off Milo Goes to College? It’s pretty cool. Also, Humboldt offers such a beautiful escape. Within the grounds there were little meadows, ponds, and forested areas that offered more than enough natural variety and shade to keep things fresh and ethereal. Maybe it’s just me, but I appreciate setting just as I do a lineup, and the far out confines of Humboldt allowed for a compact, breezy, and relaxed adventure. Nary a body sported clean, undocumented skin, and if it wasn’t flagrant tattoos, it was a bevy of costumes, including Bee Ladies, creeps on stilts, and even a portly guy in a popular horse’s mask. This sort of fare littered the park with character, which coursed through its proverbial spinal column, and culminated in one warm, positive aura. Juxtapose all that with a slight chill in the air each evening and you had Chicago’s first bonafide fall music festival. Or: It was the closest thing to Utopia that one might achieve at a festival headed by the likes of Iggy and the Stooges. You’ve gotta respect that.”
--Michael Roffman, CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND, (9/19/12)


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Chiodos at RIOT FEST. Photo Credit: Ashley Osbourn

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Riotfest 2012 ChiIL Live Shows Saturday Favs #photo filled feature

Saturday favorites from ChiIL Mama/ ChiIL Live Shows--Riot Fest 2012

Were you there?   Riot Fest 2012 was the best yet, with a brilliant move outdoors to gorgeous Humboldt Park.   

It was a sweet, all ages fest with a huge range of people from hard core punks to new born punk kin.

Whether you want to relive the weekend, live vicariously and see what you missed, or remember what you've forgotten, we're sorting through thousands of our original Riot Fest photos to bring you some seriously sweet recaps and band features.   

Saturday was a particularly fun day to shoot--from GWAR's blood drenched fanatics, 

to the night's fire spinners, accompanied live by Descendents and Rise Against.

For now, here are just a few of our favs from Saturday.    Check back with us early and often.   Lots more to come!!

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