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Saying 'thank you' in a big way

Local musicians perform show to benefit venue that hosts them

The Vaudevileins are one of the bands that are performing a 'thank you' concert for Chicago Street Pub on Saturday. From left to right are Andrew Payne, Jeff Julian, Brennen Chouinard, and Bill Aldridge.
The Vaudevileins are one of the bands that are performing a 'thank you' concert for Chicago Street Pub on Saturday. From left to right are Andrew Payne, Jeff Julian, Brennen Chouinard, and Bill Aldridge.

JOLIET – Thank you.

They’re just two small simple words, easily said.

And a group of Joliet area musicians are saying them in a big way Saturday when they host a benefit concert for Mike and Kathy Trizna, owners of Chicago Street Pub.

No, neither the Triznas not the pub are having problems, financial or otherwise, said former Joliet resident Jeff Julian, concert organizer.

But with all the buzz these day about “shop local” and “support local artists," Julian wanted to pay tribute and raise a few dollars for a Joliet business that consistently does just that.

Because, Julian added, there’s more to supporting musicians with who write and perform original music than simply opening the doors.

Owners of venues such as the Chicago Street Pub have costs the public may not see, such as purchasing – and replacing – of costly equipment. Not only do pieces break, they sometimes disappear, quite by accident, Julian said.

That can be especially true with smaller items, such as guitar or microphone cords, which can get packed up in the wrong bag.

“One day, you can have five microphones and the next day you’re down to two,” Julian said. “Or maybe they need new speakers.”

Normally when a band plays a venue, members split the cover charge among each other, Julian said. On Saturday, however, the bands will donate the cover proceeds to the Triznas, to spend at their discretion.

“It’s completely up to them,” Julian said.

Julian said when he talked to Mike and Kathy, they were humbled by the bands’ outpouring of appreciation. In a way, Julian feels, the Triznas have much in common with the musicians they support.

“Running a small business is tough. I don’t think you can be thanked enough,” Julian said. ‘They were grateful and probably thinking we don’t need to do this. But we want to do it.”

By giving local musicians with original material a performing platform and the opportunity to grow a fan base, Julian said, Chicago Street Pub does the community a valuable service: it creates a unique culture and community.

“That’s important to me as an artist,” Julian said. “I want to invest in a company like that.”

WHAT: Chicago Street Pub benefit show
WHEN: 7 p.m. July 19
WHERE: Chicago Street Pub, 75 N. Chicago St., Joliet
COST: $10 cover charge

Band lineup for the July 19 benefit concert at Chicago Street Pub:

• 7 p.m. Uncle Dan and the Scoundrel - Dan Seaton of Coal City, guitar/ lead vocals; Phil Kuypers of Elwood, drums; Lazlo Sanders of Ottawa, bass/ back-up vocals.

• 7:45 p.m. Allison Flood of Lockport, singer/songwriter

• 8:30 p.m. 3gressors - Chris Foray of Joliet, guitar; Kevin Krauss of Joliet, keys/vocals; Tom Flavin of New Lenox, bass.

• 9:15 p.m. Matt Biskie of Cary, singer/songwriter

• 10 p.m. Death and Memphis - Paul Garcia of Joliet, vocals/guitar; Steev Custer of Joliet, guitar; Scott Wolz of Frankfort, upright bass; Rob Reder of Schaumburg, drums

• 11 p.m. John Condron & the Old Gang Orchestra - John Condron of Joliet guitar/vocals; Doneco Nudi of Joliet, drums/percussion; Pat Otto of Mokena, mandolin/mandola; Tom Maslowski of Joliet upright bass

• Midnight. Vaudevileins - William Aldridge of New Lenox, bass; Brennen Chouinard of Kankakee, drums; Jeff Julian of Chicago, guitar/vocals; Andrew Payne of Montgomery, lead guitar

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