The Last Afternoons, The Dry Look (SideBar)

Fri, Nov 15 2019, 8:00pm - $8 donation

THE LAST AFTERNOONS: Rich Sparks and Brett Neveu formed The Last Afternoons after years together in various Chicago bands (Dad Factory, Sex Ritter, Food and Drug, Dad’s Magazine). Now they bring their new-wavey garage pop songwriting to a brand new unit, made up of old and new friends. Preston Pisellini (the Webstirs) commands lead guitar, Russ Horvath keeps savage time on the drums, and Paul Foster keeps it all boiling with steamy basslines. In 2018, TLA released their debut album, “Little Habitz,” to a fair amount of acclaim (even international!). And as of March 2019 they’ve finished recording their follow up. The Last Afternoons like talking about influences. Check these out: The Jam, Graham Parker, The New Pornographers, The Archies, The Decemberists, and Nick Lowe. “Fun vibes…stellar musicianship and really great vocal harmonies.” - Tina Mead, Midwest Action

THE DRY LOOK: The Dry Look’s cracking take on the power­pop/pub-rock ouvre proves that rock nerds who grew up on Trouser Press and Creem and who tripped out to their older siblings’ Stones, Who, Kinks and Yardbirds records finally have a band they can call their very own. With a stripped­-down Telecaster/bass/drums attack and harmony­-tinged vocals, this Chicago trio draws from mod, pop, punk, new wave, garage and jangle and roots influences, mixing their originals with obscurities from The Jam, Kinks, Off Broadway, Flamin’ Groovies and others. Drummer Leslie Wall­e-Santos has held down the beats in several Chicago bands through the years and currently propels local country outfit John Ballantyne’s Crazy Heart ( He and bassist/singer Kevin Brady have teamed up in local bands all way back to the mid-­80s. Mike Ritt the guitarist/singer is a veteran of such bands as The New Normal, Peck of Snide and Shades of Al Davis, and most recently played alongside Kevin as the drummer in Chicago rock band House of Brunettes.

NOTE: Come on by the SideBar Happy Hour from 5-7every week day for $2 Miller and Coors bottles, $4 craft beer pints, $4 well drinks and $5 glasses of wine.  However, if the SideBar is closed for a private event Happy Hour will not happy-en.