The 16th Annual Double Door Halloween Bash

The 16th Annual Double Door Halloween Bash

The Last Vegas as Billy Idol, AM Taxi as The Cars, Hessler as Guns N' Roses, Ryan Powers and the Secret Weapons, Blackbox as Oasis, The Sweeps, Panther Style as The Cult

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


This event is 21 and over

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Double Door Halloween Bash
Double Door Halloween Bash
Our Halloween Bash has been going 16 years strong and it's still the coolest party in the city - Bands performing, in costume and in character, as classic artists, and EVERYONE - even the bartenders - are in costume. It's a truly great time and one of our favorite events we have all year.
The Last Vegas as Billy Idol
The Last Vegas as Billy Idol
TLV's follow-up to Whatever Gets You Off, Bad Decisions was recorded in Chicago and produced by Johnny K (Megadeth, Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Airbourne) & The Last Vegas. 12 songs: rockers, ballads, stoner grooves, super-fuzz. This ain't no 80s hair-metal. | FrostByte Media / E1 Entertainment
AM Taxi as The Cars
AM Taxi as The Cars
With a blend of old-school punk, world beat and modern pop influences, Chicago-based AM Taxi combines experience with exuberance on their Virgin Records debut, We Don’t Stand A Chance. The band was formed almost two years ago—with the encouragement of Sublime producer Miguel Happoldt—by longtime Windy City bandmates and pals, singer/songwriter Adam Krier, drummer Chris Smith and bassist Jason Schultejann. The trio began writing and recording and produced their first EP, Runaway Songs. Shortly after, they were joined by brothers John and Luke Schmitt on guitar and keyboards. AM Taxi began establishing a rep as a dynamic live outfit with headlining performances at local clubs like the Metro and soon after recorded their second EP, The Good, The Bad and The Fed Up. .

Entering an Austin studio with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Patty Griffin, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead), AM Taxi proceeded to record a major-label debut that reflects the group’s diverse influences. From the Springsteen-by-way-of-The Hold Steady, “Fed Up,” and the heart-on-the-sleeve Replacements-like confessional, “The Mistake” to the Police-inspired world beat of “Dead Street” and the Clash-esque reggae pulse of “Charissa,” the group has one foot firmly planted in the classics and one right here, right now in the present.

Pointing to personal favorites like Pacific Northwest Nuggets-style garage bands like the Wailers, the Sonics and Paul Revere and the Raiders, the British Invasion bands, soul greats Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, Two-Tone bands The Specials and the Selecter or Alt-Country acts Wilco and Ryan Adams, AM Taxi were not afraid to experiment with their sound.

That ability to tell it like it is comes through in Krier’s writing and in AM Taxi’s musicality. Taking their inspiration from his touring around the U.S. with several of his previous bands, songs like “Dead Street” and “Shake, Rattle and Stall” explore the restlessness he encountered along the way or, as Krier puts it, “Wherever I went, people were trying to get out of where they were.”

There are also songs about things everyone can identify with, like a couple in which no matter how much he messes up, she takes him back (“Charissa”) or New Year’s resolutions gone bad (“Champagne Toast”).

“I try to write songs about things people can relate to,” nods Adam. “For me, the best music, at the end of the day, is therapeutic. That’s always in the back of my mind a little when I’m sitting down to write.”
Hessler as Guns N' Roses
Hessler as Guns N' Roses
HESSLER is a Chicago based, female fronted heavy metal band boasting a deadly twin guitar attack. Since the release of the Bad Blood E.P. in 2011, HESSLER have toured the U.S. & Canada, released five music videos, and performed with an array of national and international acts.

2012 performances including SXSW & Rocklahoma shaped the band for their first full-length album "Comes With the Territory”. After the album release on November 27, 2012, the band embarked on a U.S. Tour in support. A return to SXSW 2013 kicked off a new month long U.S. Tour followed by a return performance at Rocklahoma w/ Guns N' Roses, Alice in Chains, Korn, and many more. In 2013, the band took home the Chicago Reader award for "Best Metal Band". HESSLER provided music for the first documentary on legendary wrestler “The Dynamite Kid” Tom Billington. Following a successful series of summer festive performances, a new music video was released through Revolver Magazine.

After completing a 25 show coast-to-coast U.S. tour, in January HESSLER brought in a new lead singer, San Antonio native and 2012 X-Factor contestant, Jessikill. A classically trained singer, Jessikill was a perfect fit for HESSLER's personality and sound. recording new material, the band released a new single/video to worldwide positive reviews which was followed by a tour with the new line up.

On June 10, HESSLER released a new E.P. titled 'Ghost Dance' in the U.S. 'Ghost Dance' captures a new band, sharpened and strengthened by extensive touring and a new voice at the forefront. The band recently completed a 36 date summer tour, which included their first performances in the Pacific Northwest as well as six dates in Canada. Due to positive response and the success of the Canadian leg of the tour, HESSLER will return for more Canadian dates in November. The band is currently filming a new music video to be released in September, preparing for end of the year touring, as well as working on material for a future full length album.

HESSLER have performed at SXSW and Rocklahoma in 2012 and 2013, Summerfest in 2012, and shared the stage with Slash, Buckcherry, All That Remains, Steel Panther, W.A.S.P., Sebastian Bach, RATT, Mushroomhead, U.F.O., Michael Schenker, Cinderella, Loudness, Doro Pesch, U.D.O., Skid Row, L.A. Guns, Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden), Sister Sin, Crashdiet, Otep, Butcher Babies, Wednesday 13, The Last Vegas, Vampires Everywhere, and many more.
Ryan Powers and the Secret Weapons
Ryan Powers and the Secret Weapons
With a devoted following and much success, Ryan writes and performs songs with a sense of earnestness, warmth and maturity about matters of the heart, while all along keeping a wry smile and sense of humor about him.
Blackbox as Oasis
Blackbox as Oasis
This Powerhouse Emmy Award Winning two piece is fronted by charismatic singer/guitarist/songwriter Damon Ranger and backed by the mighty Gregg Potter on drums. Hailing from Chicago, Blackbox intertwines enormous guitars, pummeling drums, catchy hooks, and big choruses into beautifully crafted rock/pop songs.

In 2009 Blackbox won an EMMY Award for their performance of the Cheap Trick classic “He’s
A Whore” for the Grammy Award Program “Grammy In The Schools.” The song was broadcast on CBS and guitar legend Rick Nielsen joined them on the performance.

Blackbox has played with Social Distortion, Billy Corgan, Eagles Of Death Metal, Marty Casey and The Lovehammers, Chevelle, Taproot, Bad Religion, Malik Yusef, NOFX, Local H, Mest, Alkaline Trio, Butthole Surfers, Jet, Theory Of A Deadman, Skid Row, Lupe Fiasco, Cheap Trick, Billy Squier, Future Leaders of the World, Lit, Saliva, The Parlor Mob, White Tie Affair, Egypt Central, The Riddlin Kids, Denver Harbor, Bang Camero, The Bomb, Solace For Now, The Black Mariah, Exit The Kings, The Dreaming, The Last Vegas, The Frogs, Hot Action Cop, Monster Magnet, Bullets and Octaine, Neko Case, Huck Johns, Fig Dish, The Virgins, Shat, John Ralston, and more.

In 2009 Blackbox toured on the Vans Warped Tour on the Kia Kevin Says Stage, played Lollapalooza’s Artist Lounge stage, performed 2 nights at Summerfest, and kicked off Riot Fest.

Blackbox is also packing fans in on hometown headliner shows at House of Blues, Metro, Double Door, Kinetic Playground, The Note, even getting a residency at The Lakeshore Theater in 2006 and 2007, plus touring the east and west coast. In 2008 Blackbox headlined Millennium Park and Six Flags Them Park to thousands. Blackbox has been invited to perform at Summerfest (3 years straight), Warped Tour, Riot Fest, Lollapalooza, MOBFest, International Pop Overthrow, Dewey Beach Music Festival, NAMM, and the Chicago Grammy Chapter.

Blackbox has their own TV/Internet segment with CBS 2 Chicago. Which has won Damon Ranger 6 Emmys. Since July 2007 Blackbox has had Sonic Youth, Silverchair, Patti Smith, Rhymefest, Lupe Fiasco, GZA (Wu-Tang Clan), Perez Hilton, Butch Walker, Juliette Lewis, Motion City Soundtrack, Kate Voegele, Peter Bjorn and John, Cold War Kids, Satellite Party, Snow Patrol, G Love, Electric Six, Buddy Guy, and more....on their segment. In 2009 WCIU tv picked up Blackbox to host a tv segment on their new morning show “You and Me This Morning.”

A quick tongue and constant self-promotion scored Blackbox their own Internet radio/video show on “Blackbox Fever” which ran for 2 and a half years, helped develop Blackbox as a main staple in the Chicago music scene. Guests on the show included: Guns N’ Roses, Counting Crows, Blacktop Mourning, Local H, Ron Jeremy, Seka, Pat Travers, and Under The Influence of Giants, and many more.

From February 1-Feburary 13, 2007 Blackbox, as an unsigned band, was the Q101.1 “Cage Match” champions on Q101 Chicago radio with the song “Girls Like You”. Blackbox enjoyed constant radio airplay on a major market radio station and getting voted the top song for 13 days straight.

Q101.1 Radio Chicago named Blackbox their "Band to Bust Out" in September 2008!!!

Blackbox fought Former WWF Heavyweight Champion The Iron Sheik in a Rock and Wrestling event for Q101's "Band to Bust Out" campaign. The video on Youtube currently has 26,000+ views

NBC News Channel 5 Chicago did a six minute feature piece on Blackbox and their radio show in March of 2006. ABC News Chicago the number 1 rated newscast in the country) has featured Blackbox three times!!! in October and November 2006 and November 11th 2007 which had Blackbox performing "Never Enough" on the Morning Show. CBS Chicago features Blackbox songs up to 10 times a month during segments on all their news shows. CBS Chicago had Blackbox perform "Sick" on the afternoon show in May 2007. CBS 2 Morning Show had Blackbox live performing 3 songs "Up All Night" Sick" and "Like This" on Oct 27th 2007. Blackbox returned to CBS on June 21st 2008 to perform "Bound to Change." March 27th 2009 Blackbox performed "Surrender", and "He's A Whore" with Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick on CBS.

Modern Drummer Magazine featured Gregg in the January 2004 issue (pg.118) and in the Oct 2005 issue as well. In 2006 Modern Drummer gave Gregg his own blog on their website

Blackbox has achieved radio airplay in Chicago on Q101, 94.7, 88.9, and 95.1 Wiil Rock, plus many college markets, including Madison, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Dayton, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia.

Gregg Potter proudly uses (and endorses) Gibralter Hardware, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Aquarian Drumheads, Slug, and Trick Drums. Damon Ranger proudly uses (and endorses) Sennheiser Wireless, Gibson, Bogner. Blackbox has clothing endorsement deals with Dickies, Converse, Salvage, Cut-Throat Fightgear and Marty Flint accessories.
The Sweeps
The Sweeps
The foundation of any band is musical kinship. Within the exposed confines of a trio, this rapport is amplified, leaving an indelible mark on the songs. Glance through rock history and we see this repeatedly; the groundbreaking strut of Cream, the irresistible pop of The Police, the undone roar of Nirvana. Remove any member and the band's core unravels. For Chicago-based trio, The Sweeps, this affinity is vital. Their core is firmly intact.

Each member of The Sweeps--Bob Dain, Santiago Torres, and Chris Dye (ex-Chin Up Chin Up)--brings a hefty presence to their lean arrangements. Challenging the sonic boundaries of a trio, both Dain and Torres sing with longing, conviction and fury. Dain's dexterity, equal parts pedal-board and guitar, ranges from a delicate strum to an incandescent wail. Countering Dain, Torres brings a solid bass thump; playing slinky, soul-inflected rumblings along with fractured melodic fuzz. Dye's hook-heavy drumming supports Dain and Torres, while lending a swaggering rhythmic architecture to the songs. Live, the band explodes with an infectious adrenaline that has ignited their strong Chicago fanbase, propelling them toward building a national audience.

On the band's full-length debut, Swift Armour (scheduled for a March 26, 2013 release), The Sweeps capture a live immediacy, yet further explore and refine their craft. Recorded at Chicago's Minbal Studio with the help of producer/engineer, Benjamin Balcom, Swift Armour is an emotionally rich and honest evolution for the band. It is a collage of loud guitars and chanting vocal hooks, an intimately pounding cadence, a call to arms. It is a record with a strong sense of place, Chicago to be precise---the historic struggles, the dying and thriving neighborhoods---all inhabit these 13 tracks. From the lush death march of the opening title track to the dark pop hymn "1600cc Engine," this record is equal parts confession, exultation and vindication: embittered but embracing. Swift Armour is an ode to Chicago: a battle between the harsh and the beautiful.
Panther Style as The Cult
Panther Style as The Cult
CHICAGO TRIBUNE METROMIX - BEST NEW MUSIC: "Sometimes a rock band just needs solid playing and full-throttle songs to make you take notice, and there's plenty of snarling intensity here to justify introducing Panther Style to the upper notches of your volume knob."

CHICAGOIST: "Panther Style has mastered the simple equation most bands seem incapable of pulling off; write solid tunes, turn the amps way up and let loose."

BLOGCRITICS: "...heavy on the guitar and light on the bullshit."
"An album that comes with its heart on its sleeve from the opening moments, this is music that never apologizes and never takes its finger off the trigger."

SOUND CITIZEN: "...the product of veteran Chicago rockers and a very welcome, refreshing addition to the scene."

CHI TOMATOS: "If I was still 16 I think I would have gotten a fake just so I could get into clubs to see them."
Venue Information:
Double Door
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622