Best Open-Mic Night

Chippewa Chapel Traveling Guitar Circle and Medicine Show

When Frederick's Music Lounge shuttered in February, the freaks and geeks who made the Noiseday Hootenanny such a spectacle of south-side lunacy went into survival mode. Drifting from bar to bar, they looked for some spot with a hint of the Chippewa institution's soul. They haven't found it yet, but with the blessing of former Frederick's owner Fred Friction and the guidance of KDHX (88.1 FM) DJ Paul Stark, they've turned homelessness to their advantage, setting up a makeshift PA in obscure dives including Mr. Bill's Clubhouse, Shot Heaven and Windy's on the Wedge. Regardless of location, bawdy sing-alongs, scatological ravings, perverse jokes and, yes, even occasionally brilliant musicianship continue to charm and disturb unsuspecting bargoers across a city that needs madcap misfits' uncontrollable urges now more than ever.
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