Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (sold out!)

The first time I saw The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in concert was in '97 at The Vogue.  To this day it still stands out as one of the best concerts I've ever attended, and I've been to many concerts since then.  If you think that some band who rocked 15 years ago couldn't possibly be as intense these days, I beg to differ.  I saw them at Pitchfork Music Fest in Chicago in 2010, and they were every bit as intense and sounded just as amazing.

For those who may not be familiar with the music of JSBX, it's a mix of punk, rockabilly and blues channeled through the manic maestro, Jon Spencer.  Often compared to Elvis Presley on crack (in the most complimentary of ways), Jon Spencer is a wild man on the mic.  He creates an aura of a feral punk evangelist leading a revival at the altar of rock & roll.  It's definitely a sight and sound to behold.

While the original setting for this show was intended to be The Earth House, which would have been fitting given the evangelical overtones noted above, it has now been moved to The White Rabbit, which I think will be even better.  The intimacy of the smaller venue coupled with the fact that kids will no longer be permitted are definite improvements.  This is going to be a wild show not to be missed.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at any MOKB event, the MOKB/Do317 office in the Murphy Building in Fountain Square, and online here:

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  • Jason W.

    Incredibly loud and intense is an understatement for how much this show rocked! The opening band, Crushed Out, took the stage with a bluesy, simple garage rock featuring crunchy riffs. The duo, with the guy on guitar and the girl on drums, were very reminiscent of the White Stripes in style and sound, but still managed to come off as unique. Then The Blues Explosion blew the roof off the place. Despite some persistent microphone issues which severely limited Jon Spencer's lyrical delivery, they nonetheless captivated the packed crowd through their impeccable musicianship and raw power. The interplay between the two guitars worked magic around the muscular beats pounded out on the drums. Spencer ventured into the crowd multiple times during the set, kicking over and breaking dozens of bottles and glasses that had collected on the huge sub-woofer at the front of the stage. It was symbolic of how the band shattered our eardrums with their sonic assault.

    October 21, 2012

  • Julie

    look look for you at taco stand what time will you be there

    October 20, 2012

  • Jason W.

    My # is[masked] if you want to find me before the show (probably at Revolucion), or at the venue. Call or text.

    October 20, 2012

  • Marisol R.

    Got my ticket. Also have tix to Local H that night. Luckily, they are right across the street from one another!

    October 18, 2012

  • Jason W.

    This show is now officially sold out. I hope everyone planning to attend already has their tickets.

    October 17, 2012

    • Julie

      yes, cant wait, saw em at the vogue and pussy galore played at my club The hoosier Ballroom in the late 80's!

      1 · October 17, 2012

  • Jason W.

    If you want to be sure to attend, get your ticket as soon as possible because MOKB announced today that only 10 tickets remain for this show.

    October 15, 2012

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