Chicago’s Cubby Bear will be host to tonight’s series kick off of the Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways–an eight-part HBO documentary series, created by frontman Dave Grohl, that digs deep into the heart and soul of America’s musical identity.
The band will perform a concert at 11 p.m. at Cubby Bear following the screening. A small venue, for a big act, Cubby Bear will be rock’n in Wrigleyville tonight. Those lucky enough to score the $20 tickets which sold out within minutes of going on sale should be in for a treat.
For the rest of us mortals, we can celebrate the fact that the Foo Fighters selected Chicago for the premiere of what looks to be a worthwhile docu series that explores eight major music highways (cities) by following the recording of a single song for each city and then delving into the city’s musical roots.
The selection of the Cubby Bear, is an interesting one and may have something to do with Grohl from thirty years ago when he attended his first concert–at where else but the Cubby Bear–recalling the experience as “the night changed everything I knew about music.”
The Chicago edition of the series launches “Something From Nothing” which was recorded in the Windy City with producer Steve Albini (founding member of Big Black, Shellac and more, who produced and recorded Nirvana’s third album, “In Utero”) at his Chicago-based Electrical Audio studio.
In addition, the one-hour Chicago episode showcases Chicago music movers, shakers and legends including Cheap Trick, Etta James, Buddy Guy and Chicago while giving a nod to Gene Krupa, Kanye West, Wilco and Chess Records–charting Chicago’s musical picture all the way back to Muddy Waters in the ’50s.
The HBO series Sonic Highways is partly an extension of Sound City, or as Grohl describes it, “Sound City on steroids.”
If you missed the cut for tonight’s event, you can still catch the livestream on HBO’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HBO.
The HBO series continues at the same time, same place (HBO) for the next seven Friday nights–subsequently exploring the unique musical histories of Austin, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Foo Fighters’ “Sonic Highways” releases on November 10, 2014.
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