- Led Zeppelin 2 or Here Come the Mummies
- Where: Varsity Theater
- General-admission standing
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- For ages 18+
- Ticket values include all fees.
* $9.50 for one ticket to Led Zeppelin 2 on Friday, March 21, at 8 p.m. (up to $19.95 value) * $19 for one ticket to Led Zeppelin 2, plus coat check, a full-color show poster, and a $5 bar voucher (up to $39.50 value) * $13 for one ticket to Here Come the Mummies on Wednesday, April 16, at 8 p.m. (up to $26.10 value) * $22 for one ticket to Here Come the Mummies, plus coat check, a full-color show poster, and a $5 bar voucher (up to $45.65 value)
Led Zeppelin 2
- Who they’re paying tribute to: Led Zeppelin 1, although the 1 is silent
- Where they’re from: Chicago
- What sets them apart: they re-stage famous gigs from Zeppelin’s storied history, from the garage days through the excess-loving heyday of The Song Remains the Same
- What you’ll hear: bowed guitars, tectonic drum solos, and Robert Plant-esque vocal histrionics from Physical Graffiti album and other Zeppelin classics
- Who puts on Plant’s golden locks: Bruce Lamont, beloved by experimental music fans for his work in Bloodiest and Yakuza
- High praise: “…they do as good a Zep as Zep ever did back in the day.” – Jim DeRogatis, Chicago Sun-TImes
Here Come the Mummies
- Who they are: a full funk band wrapped in the linen strips favored by deceased Egyptian royalty
- What to expect at their live show: narrative jams that weave vulgar innuendo with colorful characters such as the boogeyman and a hot-dog vendor
- Signature songs: “Libido Knievel” (about a lascivious daredevil) and “Dirty Minds,” which sets a list of gutter-bound thoughts to a mambo rhythm
- Instrument you won’t see at the symphony anytime soon: cowbelts—one-of-a-kind pelvic bells played with hip thrusts
If the building at 1308 4th Street had a mouth, it could tell many stories. It could tell of its birth as The University Theater in 1915 and how its infancy was spent in vaudeville, presenting everything from minstrel shows to early silent films. It could tell of the art deco remodel by architects Jack Liebenberg and Seeman Kaplan that turned it into a full-time movie house for the next 50 years. And it could tell of its days in the '90s and early 2000s when it worked as an underground club and a photography studio. But today, in its own way, the theater speaks mostly of the current music scene, hosting everyone from Mumford and Sons to Feist and Saul Williams.