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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Thursday, September 28

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A Grape Dope @ Edible Audible Picnic

Grab your lunch and take it to Pritzker Pavilion at noon for an Edible Audible Picnic. A Grape Dope is the beat-oriented, electronic side project and brainchild of John Herndon. Best known as the drummer and co-founder of the band Tortoise since 1990, he finds joy in the sounds between the cracks, utilizing dub heavy, tribal-like rhythms that are peppered with electronic beeps, incoherent vocal samples and polyrhythmic handclapping. A Grape Dope, Herndon's electronic alter-ego, rarely performs his material live, making this event a must-see.

Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens with Bomba Estéreo @ Downtown Sound in Millennium Park

New York-based Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens bring their unrelenting, powerful sounds to help close out this year's Downtown Sound series. They were last seen in Chicago in the fall, bringing down the house at the final night of World Music Chicago 2009 at the Chicago Cultural Center. They are joined by the electro-tropical sound of Bomba Estéreo who has been known worldwide for almost a decade. 6:30pm. Pritzker Pavilion. Free.

Ratchet @ Skylark

Catch Charles Rumback Group tonight at the Ratchet jazz series in Pilsen. Drummer Charles Rumbak leads the group, and is joined by Tyler Beach on guitar and trumpet, Larry Robertson on guitar, and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm. 10pm. Donations accepted. 2149 S. Halsted. 21+



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