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Preview Thu Oct 17 2013

Deke Dickerson Rolls into Reggies Saturday Night


Simply put, Deke Dickerson is a Renaissance man. While time seems to slow some artists, who get complacent or fall into a rut, Dickerson seems to have modeled his career after an avalanche, only picking up speed as it progresses. At this point, the man runs his own record label, is one of the nation's foremost experts on and collectors of vintage guitars, pens a regular column for Guitar Player magazine, designed a signature model for Hallmark Guitars, and still finds time to be America's foremost promoter of early Rockabilly and country twang, from a time when the emerging rock genre and the waning country swing were still kissing cousins.

Dickerson, of course, shouldn't be pigeonholed in that style, having played with noted 1980s surf/garage upstarts The Untamed Youth and continuing to colaborate with such as Nikki Hill and Southern soul artists the Bo-Keys. Ultimately, Dickerson is simply a penultimate showman, and his performances reflect his obvious deep interest in the evolution of Rock's early years. Always an impressive guitarist, it should be of no surprise that his immersion in all the stuff that he loves, and his ability to turn it into a thirty-year career have honed his performances into impressive exhibitions of the best the genre can offer.

On this tour, Dickerson is performing with the rhythm section from J.D. McPherson's band on a midwest swing that delivers them to Reggies Music Joint (2105 S. State St.) this Saturday, the 19th at 8pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 at the door. The Dyes and Kent Rose open. (21+)

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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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