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An amazing line-up of bands got together to support Jackson Presley Diamond.
Tony and People in the Background
Ken Vandermark & Dianogah!
YOU will enjoy an evening or two of live performances by some of Chicago’s finest bands and musicians (oh… and nonagon, too).
YOU will have a guilt-free excuse to escape your family-packed house for a few hours during the holiday mayhem
YOU will painlessly contribute to a handful of good causes, including…
THE JACKSON PRESLEY DIAMOND FUND…
Jackson is an amazing little kid who is on the long road to recovery after a “routine” round of childhood vaccinations resulted in (among other things) a coma, cerebral palsy and other severe developmental setbacks. His parents, Chaney and Lee (Lee is in The Douglass Kings and Republica Republic), aren’t rich folks and Jackson’s care has been very expensive. More info (and great pictures of Jackson) can be found at www.jacksonpresleydiamond.com
The Benefit will span two evenings, January 29th and 30th.
WE are honored to be included in the amazing line-up for the FIRST EVENING (which includes an all-too-rare performance by Dianogah!):
- THE VANDERMARK 5
- REPLICA REPUBLIC
- JON CHINN
- THE ENGINES
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29TH
THE BEAT KITCHEN
2100 W. Belmont, Chicago.
starting at 8PM
The second night:
- THE DOUGLASS KINGS
- SOUND ON SOUND
- THE AMERICAN PRINGLES
- DAVE REMPIS PERCUSSION QUARTET
- THE BLUE LINE RIDERS
- JASON ADASIEWSKI, NORI TANAKA & JOSH ABRAMS
- MARK FRAZZINI
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30TH
2011 W. North Ave., Chicago
starting at 8PM
We hear that additional bands are tentatively scheduled as well!!
We’ll try to keep you posted on any late-breaking announcements.
Proceeds will also go to: The National Vaccine Information Center, Physicians for a National Health Program, The Children’s Neurobiological Solutions Foundation, and Easter Seals.
Tuesday Is The New Thursday!
…which, if you’ll remember, was recently voted “the new Friday”.
So: what better way to start your weekend than a Nonagon show? (Nonagon, of course, being a music combo featuring the likes of Tony Aimone, Robert Gomez, and John Hastie).
We’ll be playing with an amazing and inventive band from North Carolina called The Nein (one of our faves) and a Chicago purveyor of loud and creative instrumentals called Snowbeast.
We will have a new song or two to play, and –with any luck- a new poster by artist Dan Grzeca.
Here’s all you need to know:
C’mon! What else you got to do?
Click on the images to be teleported to the Nonagon Flickr gallery. There are tons more images posted there.
The Mutiny's Store Front
The Mutiny is a dive and proud of it. They pay the bands in beer... huge pitcher-sized mugs of beer.
We were the opening band that evening. It was an extremely fun venue to play.
Digibot played improvisational three-chord punk. Chords were determined by spinning the Wheel of Chords. This weekend, up in cheese country, I saw that Digibot was listed as one of the 150 things "we love about Madison" in the local alternative weekly, The Isthmus.
The Dirty Howlers
Chicago-based garage rawk. They were pretty insane, as were their fans. The drop-ceiling took a few hits from the boots of the rabel-rousing crowd.
The Promotional Press Release:
Your dot-com has crashed.
Your housing bubble has burst.
Your goons are still out collecting.
Your elderly, rich relative won’t just die already.
We, too, have spent long periods of time eating ramen noodles and loitering-for-fun, so we commiserate with your current situation: You’ve been MEANING to see nonagon (the moniker representing the failed music careers of Tony Aimone, Robert Gomez, and John Hastie) but the $5-$8 covers have proven formidable.
We’ve got good news for folks in your exact predicament…
NONAGON IS PLAYING FOR FREE!
Here (for memorization before ingestion) are the details:
The Dirty Howlers (home-grown, beer-fueled rawk)
Digibot (improvisational punk rock from Madison)
Nonagon (three nerds from around here someplace)
also know: The Mutiny is regionally famous for serving single-serving beers in ridiculously large containers… Take the bus.
Holy cats! We headlined?!? Embedded at the bottom of this post is video of us performing "Call and Response." Thanks Wika! (if there's video on this site, chances are John hates it. Sorry John -Robert)
Here are the other bands on the bill and their bio blurbs:
American Princes - They like lyrics that reach and rhythms that kick and an overall sound that's more than a little reckless. American Princes relies on a dual-guitar attack that allows for more intricacy and groove, putting the "rock" back in indie-rock.
Modern Temper - The Modern Temper is a band from Chicago and of Chicago. We are the racket of the “L” passing above and the quiet of late night cab rides home, bright summer skies and dark alley openings, glass skin on a metal frame. This is our city, and this is our music.
Pistols at Dawn - Four different elements combine to create a unique sound on the Chicago musical landscape. This sound combines the bounce and energy of Hamburg-era Beatles with the guts of true bluesy rock'n'roll. The guitars layer as fluently as the voices to provide a deep rich melody while the rhythm section chugs along to drive unstoppable, dance-oriented songs. Jim's pop sensibility flows effortlessly with Miles' centered blues focus. Julian's complex bass work borrows from a droning, yet melodic Velvet Underground sound. Timmy Mac treats his drums like an oil well. Pistols at Dawn has dedicated itself to continued evolution and an honest pure sound.
Special thanks goes out to Diana Sudyka and her pals at the Bird Machine for the awesome poster.
9PM on WLUW, 88.7 fm Chicago
Tune your radios to 88.7 around 9PM to hear us perform a shortened set of songs on Radio One Chicago. We also will be fielding a handful of questions that pretty much provide you with everything you always wanted to know about your favorite band, Nonagon.
The show should eventually be available online for download and, let me tell you, the recording quality is pretty darn good (unlike our Radio Shack™ quality recordings we give you on this site).
And here's the show for your listening pleasure:
If you really like it, you can download the entire file here.
This was a great show.
A Halloween Costume and Candy Spectacular! LMNOP is the latest incarnation of (what was) The Idle Hours. Nonagon (also from Chicago) is ex-Jumpknuckle for you CU music history pupils. Water Between Continents is legendary local musicians Nick Rudd and Brian Reedy. 7 Triple Whip is... triple good.