We found our way to the venue with three songs left in the set by Johnny Drake, a band in the contemporary blue grass genre, complete with banjo. I love me a good banjo. They also had two female back-up vocalists which tends to sway me in a favorable direction. They managed to also do a fabulous Talking Heads cover to boot. I would like to see a full set down the road sometime. We arrived at the Double Door around 9:30pm. The duck fat laced "crack" fries impeded our judgement and delayed our departure from Taxim since we could not leave before cleaning the plate.
Now onto the main event:
For your listening pleasure, Brother George performing "How Long is This Gonna Take" at Double Door (I am honestly just taking a stab at the song's title since I did not have a set list):
Brother George is a Wicker Park based Chicago Indie Rock Band. Band members Zane Ranney (drums), Neal Neumann (bass, vocals), Ryan Culbertson (guitar, vocals), Sagan Jacobson (guitar, vocals) and Joe Lieske (keyboard, percussion), live together in an apartment in Wicker Park. The original band formed in 2007 but the current members have been together for about a year. One of my favorite new bands, LA Electro-Sould group Electric Guest, snatched the founding member Tory Dahlhoff.
Coinincidentally, my kids sitter told me that his buddy was walking by their practice space in Wicker Park while they were jamming. He yelled up to them "hey you guys sound great!" and they threw a Big Piney CD out of the window to him. Apparently he has been listening to it and has a few favorite songs now.
The Double Door is a great neighborhood spot, great acoustics if you are listening from downstairs. Upstairs has tables and chairs if you need to sit but the acoustics are mediocre at best. The venue is small but the type of place that you can watch the band up close and personal. The crowd is a drinking crowd and generally ready to party. We were surprised to have such an accommodating waitress offer us bottled water at no charge (we tipped her of course). She found us later on and made sure we were hydrated. At one point we were upstairs at a table and she came up to clear the few empty bottles that were residing there. Now that is great service, I would go back just for the water. Parking in Wicker Park is zoned or metered. You will be ticketed if you do not have a zone sticker or pass.