Fresh Start to Your Week: 4/2 – 4/4

New month, new events! It's April, the first full month of spring and it's getting off to a good start! There are so many bands, writers, and artists waiting for you to indulge your creative side and enjoy their work. So don't sit idly by and let these amazing events pass you by. Get up and enjoy everything Chicago has to offer Let's give your week a fresh start! MONDAY, APRIL 2nd Dan Auerbach and the Easy Eye Sound Revue @ Riviera Theatre, 4746 N Racine Ave., 6:30pm, 18+ WHAT: An interesting band backing up the Black Keys guitarist and vocalist. SO WHAT: This special evening will see Dan Auerbach of Black Keys fame, Robert Finley, Shannon Shaw and special guests Shannon & the Clams all being backed by artists signed to his Nashville label Easy Eye Sound! The groups of sessions legends include Gene Chrisman, keyboardist Bobby Wood, pedal-steel guitarist Russ Paul, and bassist Dave Roe! NOW WHAT: Tickets are $39.50 for this jam-packed show! Free Monday: Absolutely Not / Dumb Vision / No Men @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave,8:30pm, 21+ WHAT: Loud, fun and free SO WHAT: Returning to the Bottle stage for this free show will be locals Absolutely Not, fresh off the release of their new album Errors; this will be their  first performance with their new live addition, guitarist Chris Sutter of Meat Wave! Joining them will be the distorted sounds of lo-fi garage punk band Dumb Vision and the bombastic doom power trio No Men! NOW WHAT: Get ready for a free and incredibly loud night at the Bottle! TUESDAY, APRIL 3rd
Tuesday Funk #115 @ Hopleaf, 5148 N Clark St, 7:00pm, 21+ WHAT: An eclectic monthly reading series that celebrates good writing and good beer. SO WHAT: Andrew Huff and Eden Robins co-host Tuesday Funk, an eclectic monthly reading series where a group of writers read their works while the audience takes in a drink or two. Housed in the upstairs bar at Hopleaf, Tuesday Funk constantly delivers wonderful writers sharing their best work. Readers will include Tracy Harford-Porter, Beyza Ozer, Nestor Gomez, Kelly Swails and Ruben Quesada! NOW WHAT: Doors open at 7:00pm and the show starts at 7:30 sharp. So get there early to grab a seat, but not overly early. Admission is always free and the event is 21 and older. Drekfest @ CSz Theater Chicago, 929 W Belmont Ave, 7:00pm - 11:00pm WHAT: Drekfest is Stage Left Theatre‘s annual contest to award the title Grand Loser to the worst 10-minute play it can find. SO WHAT: The four finalists, picked through a blind submission process by a panel of drunken Stage Left ensemble members, will be performed in staged readings. A panel of judges will rip the works and their playwrights apart for blighting the world of theater. Audience members will get to vote on the worst of the worst. These are the four finalist plays: — Stage Directions, A Short Play, by William Ivor Fowkes — CatVampire by Collier Free — Fuck Off Shakespeare by Mzuri Handlin — National Treasure: Emancipate This Libtards, or Nick Cage Finds the Clitoris by Kyle J. McCloskey NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10; buy them here. All proceeds from Drekfest will support Stage Left’s Downstage Left programs as well its world premiere production of The Luckiest People. Laurel Halo / Thoom / RXM Reality / Jarvi @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave, 8:30pm, 21+ WHAT: Experimental electronic sounds SO WHAT: Experimental DJ/producer from Berlin Laurel Halo will be throwing down her impressive skills for a fantastic dance party. Helping her out tonight will be a string of local electronic artists including Thoom and her cinematic sound combining elements of Arabic musical composition and rhythm and industrial sonics noise, RXM Reality‘s mind-bending mélange, and Jarvi will be spinning tunes throughout the night! NOW WHAT: Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4th Drink & Draw: Magical Creatures w/ Lauren Levato Coyne @ Spudnik Press Cooperative, 1821 W Hubbard St, 6:30pm WHAT: Drink and Draw is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to drawing practices with no pretensions, no prerequisites, and newcomers are always welcome. SO WHAT: Spudnik Press Cooperative’s April Drink & Draw takes some of the stress out of observational drawing by using taxidermy animals as a point of departure. Guest artist Lauren Levato Coyne, known for her fairytale-like drawings that combine simple figurative line renderings with lush illustrations of creatures, will lead light-hearted drawing activities inspired by her own artistic practice and interest in blurring reality and non-reality. NOW WHAT: Admission to Drink & Draw is a $10 suggested donation. The event is BYOB, but they do have some wine and beer available with a donation. LAYNE / Selfish Things / Jordanna / Clear Pioneer @ Downstairs at Subterranean, 2011 W North Ave., 6:30pm, 17+ WHAT: Music to jam out to! SO WHAT: LAYNE will be stopping by Downstairs at SubT with her smooth and ethereal voice backed by some excellent moody pop sounds. Joining her will be Selfish Things, Clear Pioneer, the always phenomenal Jordanna! (if you haven't read our interview with Jordanna you are missing out!) NOW WHAT: Tickets are $12 in advance for this fun lineup The Go Team! & Basement Revolver @ Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave, 8:00pm, 18+ WHAT: Party music like no other SO WHAT: The Go Team! makes some of the most exuberant and joyful sounds you’ll ever hear! Imagine cheerleader chants intermixed with soaring instrumentals that refuse to come down from the electric highs they’ve reached! Joining them will be the introspective experimental sounds of Basement Revolver to balance out the night! NOW WHAT: Tickets are $16 for this fun show!  
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Julian Ramirez