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Preview Thu Nov 18 2010

The Shakes Debut @ Reggie's Rock Club, 11/20

This Saturday marks the live debut of Chicago rockers The Shakes. However, the members of this four-piece are no strangers to the stage. Bassist Joe Lussa and singer Jimmy Lopez, spent time with Chicago-based rock outfits The Audition and The Highlife, respectively.

Lussa parted ways with The Audition in early 2009. After taking a break from music, he was asked to play several shows with Lopez's then-current band. The two began writing new music together and eventually added a guitarist and a drummer to their line-up.

The Shakes have since written eight songs and are ready to showcase them. The band members hope to prove that they aren't relying too heavily on their previous bands' sounds.

"Starting from scratch [with the Shakes] has been pretty awesome," said Lussa. "It gives you a chance to start fresh and learn from the mistakes you made in previous bands. All of our musical tastes have changed since we were younger. Now we're more experienced and wiser than we once were in our past bands. Now is our time to do rock and roll."

Members of The Shakes hope to find a label after extending their arsenal of songs and do the band "full-time," but for now they're content rocking out in their hometown.

The Shakes play this Saturday, Nov. 20, at Reggie's Rock Club (2109 S. State St.). The show starts at 6 p.m. The best part? Tickets are only $8.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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