Come celebrate Valentine's Day and Mamie's Birthday!
PG tour kick-off show!
EURO DANCE PARTY USA with THE DEBAUCHERAUNTES
Sounds Like: Squirrel Nut Zippers, Asylum Street Spankers, Jolie Holland, Tom Waits, The Decemberists
Bakelite 78 was founded by old time music enthusiast Robert Rial.
Rial arrived in Chicago in 2000, eager to engage in the musical styles he loved most: dance orchestra music/swing, country-blues, dixieland, tin pan alley, rock and American folk. He played his guitar and tenor banjo and took solac...See Full Bio
“Bakelite 78, "What the Moon Has Done" (Bakelite) Rial...has taken a leap with his new CD, a highly-arranged concept album brimming with bravura trumpet, dark tales of woe and Brechtian menace. Without seeing the jacket notes, you'd think the material had been retrieved from old records, but, remarkably, Rial and his musical partner, vocalist Erin Jordan, wrote these songs. They have an uncanny ability to get their heads inside antique styles. Bakelite doesn't just do old music, it seems to inhabit the past. "Monongah," a minor lament with stunning trumpet lines, regales that West Virginia mining disaster like it happened last week, "Tale of a Missouri Girl" revisits the midwest-lass-goes-to-Hollywood story line with affectionate good humor; and the macabre "World's Fair Hotel," in the voice of 1893 World's Fair serial killer, H.H. Holmes, resonates eerily. Tom Waits, anyone? Scary stuff, and though overarranged here and there, the music is delivered with conviction and panache. ”