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The Rumble Rolls Into Town

By aaroncynic in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 22, 2011 6:40PM

2011_6_22_rumble_flyer.jpg Chicago plays host to many incredible music festivals, but sometimes, the real gems fly a little lower under the radar. This weekend, some of the best in hardcore music hits town when The Rumble comes to Bottom Lounge. Some of the most amazing hardcore bands around including Trial, Madball, By The Grace of God and Chicago’s own The Killer will descend on the West Loop Friday and Saturday.

While hardcore might not be for everyone, even if you’ve had a passing interest in seeing what it’s about, this is the show to go to. “You have to have a little more disdain for every day society types to appreciate something like The Rumble” said Shane, founder of Empire Productions. “Everyone at The Rumble is part of an extended family of people that don’t feel comfortable in the outside world. It sounds negative, but it’s really positive, because everyone feeds off and supports each other at a hardcore show.”

The Rumble is a smattering of hardcore bands both old and new. “It works for everyone…young kids may come to see Ceremony or Foundation and not know much about 108 or Most Precious Blood. Older people may come for Madball or DYS and then be blown away by Mother of Mercy,” said Shane. Friday's lineup features The Killer, Foundation, Ringworm, Madball and more while Saturday features By The Grace of God, Most Precious Blood, DYS, Trial and many more.

Tomorrow night, the fest kicks off with a pre-show party in the Bottom Lounge’s Volcano Room featuring New York’s Skarhead, along with reunions from local acts Roundhouse and Right Arm Death Threat. Tickets for Friday are $20, $32 for Saturday, or $46 for the whole weekend.