First Look: Eccentric Soul Revue
By Kevin Robinson in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 1, 2009 5:45PM
If you've ever dug through your dad's old soul records and wondered what it would be like to see one of the live shows that those classic artists performed at, your wait is over.
Chicago's Numero Group, a label that specializes in reissues of obscure, hard to find and just generally interesting music, has reunited several acts from Chicago's now defunct Twinight label, including Syl Johnson, the Notations, Nate Evans, Renaldo Domino, the Kaldirons and the Final Solution for one night only at the Park West. Backed up by JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound ("one of the most ferocious bands to ever crawl up out of the windy city"), Eccentric Soul Revue is "a once in a lifetime show," as Numero's Ken Shipley describes it. "We're one part detective agency, one part record label," he says of Numero's ability to track down catalogs and artists that have fallen by the wayside of history's record bin.
Saturday's show is an offshoot of the Numero's Eccentric Soul releases, and focuses on Twinight's Lunar Rotation, featuring cuts from the Twinight label, which released nearly 60 records between 1967-1972.
Best of all, you can still get tickets to the show through Numero Group, without having to pay those annoying Ticketmaster fees. At only $22 a pop, it may be the best Saturday night you've had in a long time.
Chicagoist dropped by the rehearsal space the other night to give a listen to two acts that will be featured at Saturday's show: The Notations, who have been performing in Chicago for some 40 years, and Renaldo Domino, who hasn't performed live in 30 years. Check out video from our visit after the jump.