Memorial for a Chicago legend to rock the Bottom Lounge

Industrial pays tribute

09/05/2012 10:00 PM

By PHIL MOREHART
Contributing Writer

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The history of modern music can be traced with a map of the United States.

The Mississippi Delta birthed the blues. Detroit gave us Motown soul and techno. New Orleans simmered jazz and zydeco. Nashville and Bakersfield offered distinct country sounds. Memphis introduced a Stax groove. Tampa scorched the Earth with death metal. Seattle pummeled with grunge. New York City blasted Hip Hop.

Chicago has served as a breeding ground for a variety of musical styles.

The city’s role as an incubator for a new, louder blues sound is well documented. Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy and more added electricity to the Delta blues and changed it forever. Chicago DJs in the early 1980s pumped a new form of dance music called house in clubs across the city. And from the Wax Trax! record store in Lincoln Park in the ’80s, an abrasive amalgam of electronic music, avant-garde noise and rock called industrial caught fire. The sparks from that storefront helped ignite a genre that would propel acts like Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, and more into mainstream success.

Jamie Duffy was an integral part of the industrial explosion. He wore many hats, providing technical support and engineering on albums by Ministry, Sister Machine Gun, Chris Connelly, Sister Soleil, and more; working as a stage manager and sound man par excellence at the House of Blues, Cubby Bear, and the Metro; and playing guitar in the coldwave/metal act Acumen Nation and more.

Duffy’s impact on the Chicago music scene ran deep. He was a legend and a fixture. His unexpected death on June 21 of this year rocked the city.

A memorial concert is being staged this Friday at the Bottom Lounge to pay tribute to Duffy and to raise funds to assist his family with funeral expenses. The show promises to be one of this year’s finest.

Coldwaves: The Jamie Duffy Memorial Concert gathers some of the biggest names in industrial music to pay tribute to a departed friend and peer. The line-up is staggering.

The fourteen act line-up includes members of the seminal band The Revolting Cocks, featuring Paul Barker, Chris Connelly, Duane Buford and more; Chemlab, complete with original vocalist Jared Louche; a reunited version of Duffy’s band, Acumen Nation, led by guitarist Jason Novak; Damage Manual, an acoustic set featuring Pigface frontman Martin Atkins and Connelly; The Clay People, featuring original vocalist Daniel Neet; Chicago metal breakthrough act, Czar; Go Fight, with Die Warzau vocalist Jim Marcus; Cyanotic, featuring Sean Payne; Hate Dept, with Steven Seibold; Iscintilla, featuring Brittany Bindrim in an acoustic set; 16Volt; Final Cut; Iron Lung Corp; and DJ Sets by Zoltar of Q101’s Industrial Nation fame.

Organizers expect the memorial show to be a sell-out. Such a reception is a telling reminder of the size of industrial music’s still large and growing fanbase — and a testament to Duffy’s influence.

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