Monday, March 24, 2003

Concert Recommendation:  The BellRays, Friday Mar. 28, Empty Bottle

It's likely the BellRays will be overshadowed by their support acts. Electric Six have quite the buzz going over the disco parody "Danger!  High Voltage" which has all the makings of a novelty hit. New Zealanders the D4 are getting mentioned on commercial radio, surprising for any band playing the Empty Bottle, particularly in an opening slot. But those who stick around until the end of the night will be richly rewarded. Singer Lisa Kekaula is quite the presence to behold, like a spirited "Proud Mary"-era Tina Turner, fronting a soul-inflected garage rock band. "Stupid Fuckin' People" is a vital anthem for anyone who ever has to deal with, well, just read the song title."

The BellRays play the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago on Friday, March 28 at 10 p.m. with Electric Six and the D4.

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