It was a good run, but all good things must come to an end. Riot Fest 2011 was 5 days of excellent music, late nights and sweet photo ops. In the next couple of days I'll finish edits on photos from amazing sets by 7 Seconds at Bottom Lounge and Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg at AAA. We also have show shots from DRI on Oct 2nd at Reggies. So check in like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often.
Here at ChiIL Mama, we know parents and kids rock and families come in many different styles. When I first asked for press passes to Riot Fest back in the day I was told "You're a mommy blogger. It's not your demographic." I replied, "I'm not that kind of mommy." and there are a lot more of us out there who are not your stereotypical families. They kicked me photo passes and the rest is history. We've been covering punk, metal, blues & bluegrass, alt. music in many genres, music fests, theatre, art, 21+ and family events ever since, because life doesn't end with birth.
Most of the 80's punk band musicians who play Riot Fest have kids and many of the audience members have kids. Some of them even bring them with and rock out together. This year, we saw young kids at all of the Congress all ages shows, and at X and 7 Seconds at Bottom Lounge. And of course some tweens, teens, and 20 somethings came out to Riot Fest with their parents and ditched 'em. But it was still a multi generation rock feast. This is your parents' hardcore, indeed.
It was great to hear and see the next gen of punk kin referenced all over Riot Fest. We went to see Cro-Mags sweet after show at Cobra Lounge Saturday night and they were stoked that a 3 year old showed up at a recent show of theirs. We saw a number of kids at 7 Seconds, and dug hearing "This is your parents hardcore" and "If we can walk together why can't we rock together".
Kevin Seconds said he doesn't tour so much anymore and is busy with family obligations, but he loves to play Chicago.
He also announced their guitar player, Bobby Adams, just became a Dad for the first time.
Sunday night after show:
I've always dug The Ramones but didn't have high expectations for the secret show after party. Marky was the only real Ramone remaining and it's been a while since their heyday. I gave it a chance because it was really the only thing still going on. But I am so glad I did. The show was amazing!
The mohawked, tattooed masses lined up around the block to try to cram in to the AAA and the place just crackled with energy. The combination of Michale Graves on vocals and the brilliant, timeless Ramones classics was lethal.
Here's the deal from their official bio: With no signs of slowing down, Marky continues to tour the world with his band, Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, which includes friend Michale Graves (ex-Misfits) on vocals. In early 2010, they released their first single "When We Were Angles" with former member of Sheer Terror, Mark Neuman, playing bass and guitar.
Marky is currently in his sixth year as a D.J. on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, hosting, ‘Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg". Marky has also appeared on numerous TV shows including, The Simpsons, Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations and ZRock.
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