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Preview: Secret History of Chicago Music Series @ The Hideout 12/8

One has a sweet, high voice; the other a gruff drawl. One specializes in clean-cut, charming soul music; the other in raunchy, gritty blues tunes. One experienced brief and minor success in the Chicago-soul scene of the late '60s and early '70s; the other made his name as a Detroit bluesman even earlier, in the late '50s.

They are Renaldo Domino and Andre Williams, respectively, and both are relatively unsung heroes of Midwestern soul. They perform this Saturday, December 8, at The Hideout as part of the ongoing Secret History of Chicago Music Series presented by both the Chicago Reader and Galactic Zoo.


The Secret History of Chicago Music, which appears every other week as a handwritten mini-comic strip by Plastic Crimewave in the Chicago Reader, specializes in telling the stories of forgotten Chicago musicians who failed to get their due during their own eras. Often times, the artists have long passed away, but there is the occasional act still going strong, sometimes even releasing new music to this day. For those musicians, the Reader and Galactic Zoo have teamed up to present a live incarnation of the Secret History of Chicago Music as a regular concert series at The Hideout. This Saturday, the series presents Renaldo Domino and Andre Williams in its fourth installment--two unsung heroes of Midwestern soul who also happen to be complete foils to each other's music.

According to Numero Group, the Chicago-based archival record label that specializes in re-releasing rare gems of often mishandled record labels, Renaldo Domino had his first record deal before he even graduated high school. The handful of 45 RPM singles he released in the late '60s and early '70s featured his sweet, gentle voice over a polished, full-band production. But record label misfortunes prevented the Chicago-born singer from ever receiving much recognition outside of his hometown.

Andre Williams, on the other hand, made his name in Detroit releasing rowdy blues singles in the late '50s that sang of sex, raunchy dance moves named after bacon fat, and other generally lewd topics. Williams has steadily continued releasing music, however, even releasing a brand new album this year on Chicago's Bloodshot Records. The album, Hoods and Shades, was recorded a day after Williams supposedly "brought down the house" at a Detroit concert in 2010 alongside Mavis Staples and other world-renown acts. Williams calls it "the Andre Williams folk album", but it still features the same rough-cut, barroom vibe of his earliest singles.


Both Williams and Domino will be joined by Expo '76 this Saturday for the Secret History of Chicago Music Series at The Hideout. Music begins at 9pm, and tickets are $12. The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. The show is 21+.

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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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