Under the category of It's-About-Time, The Rush Street Reunion 2015 will be held on August 30th! It will bring together some of the original musicians, vocalists, and DJ’s from the famed Rush Street area nightclubs, restaurants and dance clubs of the 1970’s to the 1990’s and is billed as "the ultimate industry reunion party"!
In a rare Chicago appearance, legendary pianist Danny Long (Backroom, London House, and Mister Kelly’s) will perform with the Danny Long Trio featuring Nick Schneider on bass, Rusty Jones on drums, with select Chicago celebrity vocalists and instrumentalists sitting in. (I'll miss the original crooner Jimmy Damon but I know his spirit will be there!) Guitarist Ronnie
Laas (Rush Up, Mother’s, Whisky a Go-Go) will also be making an appearance with a mighty blues/rock quartet.
The day will culminate with a two-hour set of disco and dance music from: “Dr.Dale” Dale Kolbus (FACES, Mother’s, P.S. Chicago); DJ David Floodstrand (Eddie Rockets, Hangge Uppe, Hunt Club), and Steve Reiter “DJ Sloride” (Mother’s, Hunt Club).
The Rush Street Reunion 2015 is a Lupus Foundation of America partner and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to fund Lupus research. David Floodstrand, long-time Chicago jazz vocalist, club DJ, owner of the DJ School of Skokie, and soon-to-be published author is producing the event. (Floodstrand’s forthcoming book, Rush Street, Chicago’s Street of Dreams, chronicles the rich and diverse history of the Rush Street area of Chicago, from the 1800’s to the 1980’s).
The event will take place at Connie’s Pizza 1030 N. State Street, Chicago, on Sunday August 30th from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Tickets, $40, are available in advance through The Rush Street Reunion 2015’s official website. Included in the ticket price, will be passed hors d'oeuvres, and a buffet featuring Connie’s signature pizzas; a carving station; salad bar; and other delicacies prepared by Connie’s executive chef.
I remember these years well and also remember all the characters who made the street legendary. I hope to see them all on August 30th!