NYE with The Queen of Rock...Wanda Jackson

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NYE with The Queen of Rock...Wanda Jackson

JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers, Burlesque Le'Moustache presents Gospel For The Guilty, Soul Summit DJs: Dave Mata, Duke Grip

Monday, December 31, 2012

Doors: 9:30 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$55-$100

This event is 21 and over

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Wanda Jackson
Wanda Jackson
Wanda Jackson was born in Oklahoma, but her father Tom — himself a country singer who quit because of the Depression — moved the family to California in 1941. He bought Wanda her first guitar two years later, gave her lessons, and encouraged her to play piano as well. In addition, he took her to see such acts as Tex Williams, Spade Cooley, and Bob Wills, which left a lasting impression on her young mind. Tom moved the family back to Oklahoma City when his daughter was 12 years old. In 1952, she won a local talent contest and was given a 15-minute daily show on KLPR. The program, soon upped to 30 minutes, lasted throughout Jackson's high school years. It's here that Thompson heard her sing. Jackson recorded several songs with the Brazos Valley Boys, including "You Can't Have My Love," a duet with Thompson's bandleader, Billy Gray. The song, on the Decca label, became a national hit, and Jackson's career was off and running. She had wanted to sign with Capitol, Thompson's label, but was turned down due to her young age, so she signed with Decca instead.

Jackson insisted on finishing high school before hitting the road. When she did, her father became her road manager and hit the road with her. Her mother made and helped design Wanda's stage outfits. "I was the first one to put some glamour in the country music — fringe dresses, high heels, long earrings," Jackson said of these outfits. When Jackson first toured in 1955 and 1956, she was placed on a bill with none other than Elvis Presley. The two hit it off almost immediately. Jackson said it was Presley, along with her father, who encouraged her to sing rockabilly.

In 1956, Jackson finally signed with Capitol, a relationship that lasted until the early '70s. Her recording career bounced back and forth between country and rockabilly; she did this by often putting one song in each style on either side of a single. Jackson cut the rockabilly hit "Fujiyama Mama" in 1958, which became a major success in Japan. Her version of "Let's Have a Party," which Elvis had cut earlier, was a U.S. Top 40 pop hit for her in 1960, after which she began calling her band the Party Timers. A year later, she was back in the country Top Ten with "Right or Wrong" and "In the Middle of a Heartache." In 1965, she topped the German charts with "Santa Domingo," sung in German. In 1966, she hit the U.S. Top 20 with "The Box It Came In" and "Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine." Jackson's popularity continued through the end of the decade.

Jackson toured regularly, was twice nominated for a Grammy, and was a big attraction in Las Vegas from the mid-'50s into the '70s. She married IBM supervisor Wendell Goodman in 1961, and instead of quitting the business — as many women singers had done at the time — Goodman gave up his job in order to manage his wife's career. He also packaged Jackson's syndicated TV show, Music Village. In 1971, Jackson and her husband became Christians, which she says saved their marriage. She released one gospel album on Capitol in 1972, Praise the Lord, before shifting to the Myrrh label for three more gospel albums. In 1977, she switched again, this time to Word Records, and released another two.

In the early '80s, Jackson was invited to Europe to play rockabilly and country festivals and to record. She's since been back numerous times. More recently, American country artists Pam Tillis, Jann Browne, and Rosie Flores have acknowledged Jackson as a major influence. In 1995, Flores released a rockabilly album, Rockabilly Filly, and invited Jackson, her longtime idol, to sing two duets on it with her. Jackson embarked on a major U.S. tour with Flores later that year. It was her first secular tour in this country since the '70s, not to mention her first time back in a nightclub atmosphere. After releasing the critically acclaimed, "Heart Trouble", and "I Remember Elvis".. Wanda continues to tour all over the world to sold out venues.

In 2009 Wanda was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, and Bruce Springsteen were just a few of the high-profile artists that encouraged the Hall to induct the Queen over the last few years. That year it was also announced that Jackson would start work on new recordings with Jack White. The resulting album, The Party Ain't Over, was released on January 25, 2011. It included a cover of the Bob Dylan rockabilly song, "Thunder on the Mountain" as well as a fiery cover of Amy Winehouse's hit song "You Know I'm No Good". "The Party Ain't Over" was well-received by many critics and fans all over the world.
JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers
JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers
Hailing from Paducah, Kentucky, the Wilkes have travelled the world internationally, singing loud-and-proud an eclectic mix of Rockabilly, Country, Blues and Hot Jazz. From cowboy songs to bluegrass, Harlem jazz to honky tonk, the DAUBERS tackle it all with vim, verve and vigor.

With their first ever performance having taken place at London's Raindance Film Festival, (after JD premiered his cri
tically acclaimed southern-music documentary “Seven Signs”), The DIRT DAUBERS have proven themselves to be multi-media moguls. Add to that the tag of “radio darlings”, since the band has graced the stages of such fine programs as the Red Barn Radio Show, The Blue Plate Special and Music City Roots, broadcast over Nashville’s legendary WSM-AM, “The Air Castle of the South!”

Beyond that, the DIRT DAUBERS have gained the encouragement and/or approval of such varied stars as Les Claypool, Wanda Jackson, Dex Romweber, Pokey LaFarge, Charlie Louvin, and Jello Biafra! With friends like these in their corner, the DAUBERS are off to set the world on fire.

Be sure to catch these raucous raconteurs at a hootenanny near YOU!

With their first ever performance having taken place at London's Raindance Film Festival, the DIRT DAUBERS are off to a rousing, rollicking start. Be sure to catch their special brand of tomfoolery at a jook joint near YOU!

Y'all come.
Burlesque Le'Moustache presents Gospel For The Guilty
Burlesque Le'Moustache presents Gospel For The Guilty
Danielle Colby (of History's own American Pickers) brings her rag tag crew of misfits, "Burlesque le'Moustache", to Double Door for a night of saintly seduction March 1st for their "Gospel For The Guilty" Show. Burlesque Le'Moustache takes the stage in a roots Americana/Rockabilly fury of fantasy and glitteriffic fun!

"Come one, come all! Saints and sinners alike, let us let us worship at the altar of empowerment, let us basque in the glory of self acceptance!...Or at least gaze at a nice set of knockers for a night!
Soul Summit DJs: Dave Mata, Duke Grip
Soul Summit DJs: Dave Mata, Duke Grip
SOUL SUMMIT STARTED AS AN IDEA...
...in late 2009 after walking around the city and seeing numerous flyers for soul nights. An idea formed. Why not have one night with a delegate from each soul group/crew to celebrate the different types of early soul sounds currently being represented in the city? The idea sprang into action and soon we had three 'residents', Dave Matta, Duke Grip, and Sloppy White. With these three DJs at the core, we also included a rotating roster of guests each month. The original purpose was to challenge attendees with different sounds and to not have a solidified format. Most important, the night is not about the guests but above all the music. With no preference to 'rare' records but records aimed for the dance floor regardless of how rare or common. Soul Summit is not about a 'scene' or alienation. We encourage all people from walks of life to come listen and celebrate early soul music.

PREVIOUS GUEST DJs
Carlos Tropicaza, Meaty Ogre, Dreas, East of Edens Soul Express, Ben Pirani, Qualls, John Phillips, Risa T, Aret Sakalian, Supreme Court

BANDS SUPPORTED
Naomi Sheeldon & the Gospel Queens, Kings Go Forth*, Fitz & the Tantrums, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
Venue Information:
Double Door
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622
http://doubledoor.com