Music achieves its full emotional effect only when performed live, just as great literature becomes comprehensible only when screamed aloud in a crowded subway train. Enjoy public performance with today's GrouponLive deal: for $19, you get one general-admission ticket to see Social Distortion at Riot Fest, held at Congress Theater on Thursday, October 6, at 6:30 p.m. (a $32.50 before fees, up to a $41.39 value including all Ticketmaster fees). Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Riot Fest inundates Chicago venues with an extensive lineup of renowned punk artists as well as a musically diverse roster of newcomers. Social Distortion thrills audiences with a repertoire that blends punk, rock, and blues to create a distinct style elevated by ear-hooking melodies and occasional astrophysics lectures. With more than 30 years of experience in recording booths and on stages, the band once again takes to the road on the heels of its latest release, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. Earlier in the night, The Tossers whet aural appetites with a raucous fusion of contemporary Irish instrumentation and tail-wagging punk dynamism, wielding mandolins and fiddles as well as guitars and kazoos. The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band cranks down the amps in favor of a more soulful approach, accessorizing its country-blues melodies with such homespun instruments as a washboard, five-gallon buckets, and a smoke detector with a dying battery.
Riot Fest attendees get to thrash amid the historic confines of the Congress Theater. A former movie palace built in 1927, the cavernous venue is registered as a Chicago landmark, sheltering fans under an intricate domed ceiling perfect for jetpack escapes from the mosh pit.
2135 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60647