Rockabilly Riot to raise money for the Rebuilding Exchange


Rebuilding Exchange will be rockin' Saturday night, Sept. 22. 1950s style, including hot rod cars, rock n' roll music, food and beer, at 2160 N. Ashland (Webster and Ashland) from 7 to 11 p.m. during their fundraiser Rockabilly Riot.

Wailin' and jivin' in the 30,000 square foot space begins the fundraiser when the Coffin Banger, Chicago's only oldies DJ, starts spinning the vinyls at 7. Following at 8 p.m., for two hours, rockabilly sweethearts Pillow Talk will be on deck. Coffin Banger returns at 10 to close out the evening created to build.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in retro threads with pin–up and pompadour hairstyles as they enjoy complimentary beer and purchase food offerings from various local merchants.

Tickets in advanceare $25 and $35 at the door $45.

Entrance to Rebuilding Exchange from the parking lot

The current Rebuilding Exchange site will be occupied by a Mariano’s Fresh Market. It appears that Mariano’s parent company, Milwaukee based Roundy’s, plans to tear down the existing building whose clean-lined, pale yellow exterior belies an interior with great factory/warehouse character. Whether wrecking ball or rehab, it would be poetic if Roundy’s hired the Rebuilding Exchange to recycle the building’s interiors (see my article on the Exchange’s mission).



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