Smoking Popes at Nation Tomorrow

Here’s a great show we overlooked while doing “This Week in Music” presented by Mourning Star Association.

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SMOKING POPES
w/ Bayside, The Oranges Band, and Discover America
$10 in Advance, $12 at the Show
Thursday, March 2nd at Nation
Doors at 7pm
All Ages

Seven years after breaking up, seminal Chicago rock band the Smoking Popes are back together and touring to support their just released live album, Smoking Popes at Metro, which was recorded at their charity reunion show last November in Chicago.

Smoking Popes flyerThe Smoking Popes began playing throughout Chicago in 1991 and quickly developed a solid, loyal underground fanbase. Josh’s crooning vocals melded with the band’s energetic pop punk musical style, setting the group apart from other bands in their genre. The band eventually gained national attention, a deal with Capitol Records, and a spot on movie soundtracks such as Clueless and Tommy Boy.

By the time the group disbanded in 1998, the Smoking Popes had secured a small piece of pop-punk history, releasing three albums and sharing the stage with many legendary artists, from the Foo Fighters to Cheap Trick, the Violent Femmes to Morrissey.

The line-up for the band includes brothers and original members Josh Caterer (vocals, guitar), Matt Caterer (bass), and Eli Caterer (guitar) along with Rob Kellenberger from the band Duvall on drums.

“We’re looking forward to performing together again,” says Josh. “It’s been years since I’ve been on stage with both of my brothers. When we first talked about playing together again, I think we were all a little bit reserved. Our attitude was, ‘Ok, let’s just try it and see how it feels.’ But as soon as we started playing together, it was so much fun and felt really natural. If the show is half as fun as our practices, it will be great.”

Free MP3: “Writing a Letter” a rare track by Smoking Popes

This Week in Music…

Picks for the week of Saturday, February 11 ��� Thursday, February 16.

Sorry we’re late with this week’s picks—our “This Week in Music” writer, Ryan Kailath, is out of town and we had a little trouble picking up the slack. Don’t worry, he’ll be back next week. Make sure and check our venue listings page for a more complete musical calendar.

Saturday Feb 11 >>

Undertow Orchestra

Undertow Music has put together a unique combination of a few of their best singer/songwriters and they’re performing together on the same stage as The Undertow Orchestra. This superband features Vic Chesnutt, Mark Eitzel (of American Music Club), David Bazan (of Pedro the Lion), Will Johnson (of Centro-matic). Jesse Harris will be opening the show at IOTA Club & Cafe.

A couple of DC’s finest, Metropolitan and Greenland will be performing at Galaxy Hut.

Sunday Feb 12 >>

Britain’s Supergrass are coming to the 9:30 Club this Sunday. Read the FULL STORY HERE. Pilotdrift is opening the show.

Rolling Stone refers to Rory Block‘s music as, “Some of the most singular and affecting Country Blues…” She’s performing at The Barns at Wolf Trap this Sunday.

Monday Feb 13 >>

Wu-Tang
Wu-Tang

The first all-member Wu-Tang tour in years, featuring every living member, is coming to the 9:30 Club this Monday. The first show was sold out so they’ve added a second show which still had tickets availble at the time of this post. This is music history in the making as well as our PICK OF THE WEEK.

Tuesday Feb 14 >>

Brandi Carlile is making quite a name for herself and her “rootsy bell-clear voice”. She’ll be performing at Jammin’ Java this Valentine’s Day with the area’s own Gibb Droll at Jammin’ Java. Free MP3: “Fall Apart Again” by Brandi Carlile

Wednesday Feb 15 >>

Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks are bringing their West Coast jive ‘n’ jazz to The Barns at Wolf Trap this Wednesday night. “Dan Hicks is fly, sly, wily, and dry.” — Tom Waits.

Thursday Feb 16 >>

DC’s own Alcian Blue is back on our list this week with a show at Black Cat. Also there that night will be Ceremony, and A Place to Bury Strangers.

There’s a jam packed line-up at DC 9 this Thursday lead by The Apparitions with Catfish Haven, These United States, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, and The Receiver at DC 9. Free MP3’s: “Electricity And Drums” by The Apparitions, “Madaline” by Catfish Haven, “The Business” by These United States, “House Fire” by Someone Still Love’s You Boris Yeltsin

Thursday will also be a happy day for Death Metal fans. In Flames, Trivium, Devil Driver, and Zao are at the 9:30 Club.

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Canadian Invasion, Lucky Day at Black Cat Poster

Dec 17 Poster Dihle
© Dirty Pictures

Canadian Invasion, Lucky Day at Black Cat on January 30, 2006. Poster was designed by Anthony Dihle of Dirty Pictures.


This is part of our ongoing local artist concert poster and hanbill gallery — if you are an artist, or band and would like to submit the poster or handbill from your upcoming show email the poster image with artist information, and show information including a blurb about the show and the poster to posters [at] mudsugar [dot] com. Please make sure emails are no larger than 1mb.


Soft Complex: Two Nights Back-to-Back Poster

Dec 17 Poster Dihle
© Dirty Pictures

Soft Complex, The Hard Tomorrows. Paul Michel, January 27, 2006 at State Theatre. Soft Complex, A Study in Her, The Guins, January 28, 2006 at DC9. Poster was designed by Anthony Dihle of Dirty Pictures.


This is part of our ongoing local artist concert poster and hanbill gallery — if you are an artist, or band and would like to submit the poster or handbill from your upcoming show email the poster image with artist information, and show information including a blurb about the show and the poster to posters [at] mudsugar [dot] com. Please make sure emails are no larger than 1mb.