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September 25, 2012 by joesonotheque

Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar presents
Wednesday October 10 – 8PM-2AM – Free, No Cover
Hosted by groove merchant extraordinaire Joe Bryl
960 W. 31st Street, Chicago, Il. 60608 – 773.890.0588 –

Song covers, then are a different species of intertextual activity
than their literary counterparts, but the most engaging and
imaginative of them do not strive merely to pay tribute to and
replicate beloved performances. Indeed, versions can serve as ways for
skillful artists to develop and display distinctive styles and voice.

– Michael Awkward: Soul Covers – Rhythm and Blues Remakes and the
Struggle for Artistic Identity (Duke University Press)

From the earliest day of recording history, artists from the entire
spectrum of popular music have re-interpreted and therefore
re-envisioned the song canon as pathways to both pay tribute and to
personalize previous signature efforts. “Copy Cats: Music’s Wildest
Cover Versions & Reinterpretations” will explore some of the more
obscure facets of re-workings and cover versions in popular music and
how these re-readings communicate new and alternative ways to
personalize and individualize signature.

Hosted by Maria’s musical director and groove merchant specialist, DJ
Joe Bryl’s “Copy Cats” will unearth little heard before musical
offerings that pay tribute to their forefathers original incarnations
and beginnings. These inspirational re-creations rework, sometimes
re-edit, reinterpret, or remix the originals by either closely
mimicking the “Real McCoy” or by re-imagining a new and totally
distinct version that sometimes bears little relationship to the

The form of the cover version is completely ingrained into the history
of musical performance whether it be live or recorded. “Copy Cats”
hopes to unearth and expose some of the hidden gems and over-looked
treasures from around the globe. Listed here is a small indication of
the musical offerings that “Cool Cats” will cover:

A.A.B.B. – Pick Up the Pieces One by One (Average White Band)
Afrique – Soul Makossa (Manu Dibango)
Aloe Blacc – Femme Fatale (The Velvet Underground)
Anita Moore & the TSU Jazz Ensemble – Compared To What? (Les McCann)
Antibalas – Family Affair (Sly & the Family Stone)
Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra – Crosstown Traffic (Jimi Hendrix)
Armando Peraza – Wild Thing (The Troggs)
The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – Look-A Py Py (The Meters)
Bama & the Family – Get Up In Your Hot Pants (James Brown)
Benny Poole – Close To You (Burt Bacharah/Hal David)
The Cecil Holmes Soulful Sounds – Superfly (Curtis Mayfield)
Charles McPherson – What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye)
The Coolin’ System – Dracula (Neal Creque)
Chocolate Watchband – In the Midnight Hour (Wilson Pickett)
Eddy Senay – Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers)
El Chicano – Viva Tirado (Gerald Wilson)
Rhythm Cowboys – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly ( Ennio Morricone)
Ground Hog – Bumpin’ (Leroy Hutson)
Howard A. Smith – Sugar (Stanley Turrentine)
Jackie and the Cedrics – Tall Dark Stranger (Buck Owens)
The Jesus and Mary Chain – Surfin’ USA (The Beach Boys)
Juicebox – My Baby Likes to Boogaloo (Don Gardner)
Kokolo – The Magnificent Seven (The Clash)
Lee Moses – Day Tripper (The Beatles)
Los Fulanos – I Wanna Chance For Romance (Hector Rivera)
Lulu – Watch That Man (David Bowie)
The Nick Rossi Set – Foolkiller (Mose Allison)
No BS Brass – Take On Me (Aha)
The Putbacks – Set Me Free (The Kinks)
Ramsey Lewis – Slipping Into Darkness (War)
Soft Boys – Vegetable Man (Syd Barrett)
Soul Survivors – Hey Gyp (Donovan)
Tagger Matcher – Rockit (Herbie Hancock)
Tony Mann – Alabama Song (Bertold Brecht/Kurt Weill)
Walking Seeds – Astronomy Domine (Pink Floyd)
Witch Queen – Bang A Gong (T Rex)


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