Pat DiNizio (The Smithereens)/ Tommy Keene Tribute Concert

Pat DiNizio (The Smithereens)/ Tommy Keene Tribute Concert

Phil Angotti and the Idea, The Cells, King Mixer, The Thin Cherries, The Joy Poppers, Mark Watson Band, The Shi**y Amps, Love Punch

Fri · March 16, 2018

8:00 pm

$9.00 - $10.00

Pat DiNizio (The Smithereens)/ Tommy Keene Tribute Concert
Pat DiNizio (The Smithereens)/ Tommy Keene Tribute Concert
WNUR's The Power Pop Shoppe and Milly Girl Productions present a Tribute Concert for Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens and Tommy Keene featuring The Cells, King Mixer, The Thin Cherries, Phil Angotti Band, Mark Watson Band, The Sh**ty Amps, The Joy Poppers and Love Punch. These two Rock icons passed away recently and left us with so much great music. No better city than Chicago to rock out the hooky power pop gems by The Smithereens and Tommy Keene to celebrate their musical legacies. All proceeds from the show go to Felines and Canines Dog Rescue Shelter in Edgewater. www.felinescanines.org. Power Pop for Pups!
Phil Angotti and the Idea
Phil Angotti and the Idea
Phil Angotti has become a household name in the power-pop musical world, especially in his hometown Chicago where he's been performing for 20 years now. He has performed as a solo act through-out his career, and with several bands, most notably the Fleas, the Scuffle, the Beatle Brothers, Not the Beatles (with Brad & Graham Elvis) and his long-time original group, the Idea. He has released 10 different albums over the years, been on several CD compilations and tributes, and has made numerous radio appearances as a solo artist, Beatle Brother and leader of the Idea.

Known for his strong lead vocals and versatile harmony singing, he is also an innovative guitarist (acoustic and electric). His style is diverse mixture of British 60's power pop, American folk rock, and modern guitar pop, played mostly with an explosive energy and sensibility. As a songwriter - he has proven again and again he can write melodies and hooks with the best of them and his penned numerous original songs.
The Cells
The Cells
The Cells are a Chicago-based band featuring Cory Hance, Johnny Furman, Randy Payne, and Dave Suh. Begun in 1997, the Cells released two albums, "We Can Replace You" on Orange Recordings in 2002, and "Mayday" on Old Reliable Records in 2006. 2016 Old Reliable Records releases include "Blood in the Tracks - Lost Studio Recordings," and "Live at Double Door, 2004".



"We Can Replace You" debuted at #2 on the CMJ charts behind Sonic Youth upon its release, garnering favorable press and national radio play. The Cells toured the U.S. to promote it, playing festivals including CMJ and South by Southwest. The single "Silver Cloud" was offered as a free music sample on Dell computers, gaining the band new fans around the world. The Cells' music has also been featured on TV shows and in video games.



During their heyday, the Cells were a popular act in Chicago, playing often at city festivals and stalwart clubs like the Metro, Double Door, Empty Bottle, the Hideout, Schuba's, Subterranean, House of Blues, and now-defunct-but beloved spots like Lounge Ax, Big Horse and Thurston's.



Past members of the Cells include Pat McIntyre, Brede Hovland, Rick Ness, Mark Doyle, Skid Marks, Joshua James, Bob Rising, Zack Snyder, Kevin Hoetger, and their producer/recording engineer Andy Gerber of Million Yen Studios.

Cory, Johnny and Randy "re-activated" the Cells in 2015 for a reunion show after a several-year hiatus, and had a really good time. In the summer of 2016, they invited their old friend, veteran Chicago guitarist/singer Dave Suh, to join the band. They plan to play new shows and create new music, and invite other past members to join in when they can.
King Mixer
King Mixer
King Mixer is both musical ensemble and performing alias of Chicago singer/songwriter Eric Howell. LP studio guests feature members of Smoking Popes, NRBQ, BoDeans and Off Broadway. At a moment when guitar bands are fighting for a place in modern music, King Mixer offers up purposeful schizophrenic sounds which become harder to pin down with each genre-defying turn. A power pop everything bag, with a horn section!
The Thin Cherries
The Thin Cherries
Chicago’s The Thin Cherries is the newest musical project founded by scene vets Steven Delisi and Mark Lofgren.

Delisi is a musician and songwriter with a background in theater and film production. His former band, Phenomenal Cat, blended his pop/punk sensibilities with experimental music and the Russian folk influences of his band mates.

Songwriter/musician Lofgren is one of the founders of psychedelic pop/rock mainstays The Luck of Eden Hall, who have toured Europe and released music on a variety of independent labels, including Headspin Records and Fruits de Mer Records. In 2014 he released his solo debut, The Past Perfect.

In 2015, Delisi approached Lofgren, who shares his love for bands like Blur, the Replacements and the Smiths, to collaborate on a recorded project that emphasizes good songwriting

In the spring of 2016, The Thin Cherries emerged with the addition of multi-instrumentalist Darren Shepherd and drummer Gabriel Palomo. Later, they welcomed the addition of Birdie Soti on Keyboards & synths.

Collaboration at their California Station studio in Logan Square led to the initial recordings for The Thin Cherries’ debut album, due to be released in spring of 2017.
The Joy Poppers
The Joy Poppers
The Joy Poppers were a bit of an anomaly when they showed up in 1993 and started playing shows around Chicago. Their style of kind-of-old-fashioned songwriting tarred by dissonant musical left turns and bizarre, overwrought lyrics was at odds with the prevailing heavier, more accessible sound of Chicago bands at the time. And their tightly arranged recordings with thick multi-tracked harmonies were at odds with their lean, loose live performances as a trio.

The band formed in 1992 when high school friends Tom Szidon and Jason Batchko started recording and performing together. They put out two albums, Zoomar! (1995, Widely Distributed) and The Golden Hour of the Shrine of the Little Flower (1998) before calling it quits. They continued to play music together in various other groups (The Girls, Cookbook, Scott Lucas & The Married Men), and Szidon continued recording the songs that would eventually comprise The Joy Poppers III, completed in 2012 and
released on SoundCloud. They recently reconnected with bass player Dan Polonsky, who played on Zoomar!, and have been playing shows here and there since 2017.
Mark Watson Band
Mark Watson Band
Mark Watson Band's sound can be traced back to the suburbs of Chicago when Mark Watson would sit in his basement and play his favorite albums on his parents’ stereo. The guitar rock of Kiss and Cheap Trick competed for airplay with the pure melodies and harmonies of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys.

Mark Watson Band showcases these influences to create the modern power pop sound that earned the band critical raves for “coulda…shoulda…woulda”, their full-length album on Big Blast Records. The single, “The King Of Big Mistakes” received airplay on over 80 college, public, and international radio stations from as far away as Australia, Portugal, and Turkey. The Buffalo Beat said, "’The King Of Big Mistakes’ should be on power pop compilations for years to come.”


The band consistently wins over fans with their energetic and irresistible guitar pop. Audiences can relate to the sharp, intelligent lyrics about everyday life. Shake It Up adds, “Watson may turn out to be one of the more underrated writers in pop today – the man has remarkable pop instincts.”
The Shi**y Amps
The Shitty Amps, borne of accidental propinquity and shared vibrations, coalesced in 2017 and against all odds remain bound by tenuous but firm strands of connection. Hillary Stone plays bass and sings. Cecilia Garibay plays guitar and sings. Clint Bergin plays drums and refuses to sing. Stuart Shea plays guitar and sings.
Venue Information:
The Elbo Room
2871 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL, 60657
http://www.elboroomlive.com/