Harmonica Dunn Presents:
The Mike Dillon Band
Tiberius Strange, Bones Jugs
2447 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL, 60614
This event is 21 and over
The Mike Dillon Band
How many artists have been praised a “punk rock provocateur,” “jazz vibraphone visionary,” and “percussion virtuoso” in the same sentence? There’s only one: Mike Dillon. Whether through his affiliation with artists like Les Claypool, Primus, Rickie Lee Jones, and Ani Difranco, and collaborations such as Nolatet, Garage a Trois, The Dead Kenny G's, Critters Buggin or bands he has led, including Mike Dillon Band, Mike Dillon's New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium, Billy Goat and Hairy Apes BMX, the Texas-native has set his own standard for 25 years now.
Over the past decade, Mike Dillon has released a number of acclaimed albums, intertwining a range of influences from Zappa-esque eccentricity to Fishbone punk funk, D.C. Go-Go to Milt Jackson-influenced vibraphone majesty. Never before, however, has he recorded music so personal and committed to a sustained mood as his latest album, Functioning Broke. The recording finds Dillon solo on vibraphone and various percussion, building each track into its own minimalist, but multi-dimensional auditory landscape.
The current version of the Mike Dillon Band features guitarist Cliff Hines, Bassist Nathan Lambertson and a rotating cast of drummers including Claude Coleman Jr. (Ween), Simon Lott, G. Maxwell, Doug Belote and Paul Thibodeaux. With this line up, Dillon has continued exploring the connection between New Orleans street beats, Ska, funk, Hardcore and jazz. The band will release a new record in February 2017 titled, “Life is not a Football." Produced in New Orleans by Richard Maloney and Dillon with engineers Rick Nelson and Robert Mercurio, this album sounds like a Spotted Cat trad band that grew up playing Dead Kennedys and invited Captain Beefheart over for a dinner cooked by Thelonious Monk. The Mike Dillon Band has supported acts like Galactic, The Revivalists, Clutch, Primus, and Fishbone, while continuing to play music festivals and in cities across the U.S.
In 2016, the Gambit's Big Easy Awards named Mike Dillon "Performer of the Year" and the Mike Dillon Band "Best Punk/Metal Band" in New Orleans. Living in New Orleans for over 10 years now, when not on the road with Rickie Lee Jones, Nolatet, or the Mike Dillon Band, Mike resides in the Musician's Village.
Spawning from an idea about what a band would sound like would sound like in the Dune universe and spinning into something much more, three musicians have come together to explore the realms of sonic space-time through improvised jams. Come along and we'll see where the journey leads!
Bones, jug, xylophone, kazoos, resonator guitar, banjo, double bass, drums, all sorts of noise makers. These are just some of the instruments Bones Jugs use to conjure up their eclectic acoustic sound. The group began in December 2012 with the vision of being a pop-up party on street corners, at farmers markets, in living rooms (and kitchens!), or amplified in a club. A jugband of sorts, with multiple one-man-bands woven together in a tapestry of delight. And the cherry on top? high speed, virtuosic, xylophoning. They began learning 1920's xylophone rags and arranging classic (and not-so-classic) Americana songs. After just a few public appearances it became clear that the group was too fun to be a side project. Listeners wanted to dance, sing, and laugh along as long as the tunes kept coming. The band could not resist.
In August 2013, Team Bones Jugs voraciously began to write and rehearse songs while also booking shows all over the midwest. New material poured out, fueling early mornings and late nights, writing and laughing, conjuring up ideas and bouncing them around. Now, under their belt is a varied mixture of originals and covers, a full length album, Party’s in the Kitchen, and more than 150 live performances.
The members of Bones Jugs have paved unique musical paths. Cody studied percussion performance at the University level where he built up his understanding and skills for performing a diverse collection of musical styles. Besides full immersion in the classical performance world, he worked hard in other schools of music. Cody’s writing style stems from his extensive study of percussion traditions from around the world. His playing, whether on drums, xylophone, banjo, bones or any other instrument within arm’s reach, displays this array of influences along with a pristine control of time and feel. Charlie Harris had less formal musical training, learning recreationally and in social settings. He has fully embraced the Americana tradition of hanging out on porches, calling some friends over and picking and grinning till the cows come home. This combined with his vocal stylings, crafted over years of seat concessions, yelling “Hot Dogs! PEANUTS!! Cracker Jacks!" at the top of his lungs at Wrigley Field, makes for his unique songwriting and musical perspective. The whole Bones Jugs team thrives on utilizing their individual strengths and interests to create something greater than the sum of their parts.
It's not world music nor folk music. It's not rock, blues, bluegrass, country nor jazz. It's not anything in particular. So, what is Bones Jugs?
It's Frank Zappa meets Spike Jones, it's Looney Tunes meets Nintendo. It’s seriously silly. It's a party. It's for dancing, for listening, for enjoying. It’s for adults. It’s for kids. It’s for everyone. Bones Jugs N Harmony believes music should bring joy, and they work hard to put this in every song. From the first note till the end they strive to send their joyful sound into the ears where it will quickly saturate the entire body. It's a frenzy of frivolity, a marvel of merriment. In short, it’s just loads of fun.