As we pass through the Ides of October and head toward indoor music events, let’s say our goodbyes to a wonderful warm season of terrific outdoor shows. Just taking a moment to revel in the past is a delight, making a pleasant path to focus on the future. What was your favorite warm weather musical moment? Yeah that was fun.
Wow, it looks like longtime, local hard rock heroes House of Nasty, including members Micky Shomidie, Andy Armstrong, Troy Blasko and Darrin Barr will close shop after a decade of slashing-good fun. According to bass player and organizer Shomidie, the band did their thing and is now ready to move on.
“Ten years is a good run, we had a lot of fun together and would like to put on a show one last time,” Shomidie says. “We would like to thank everyone who has supported us for all the years and thank everyone for all the memories.”
During their tenure, House of Nasty, working through Shomidie’s ESP entertainment management company and other sources, played shows with the likes of Skid Row, Slaughter, Firehouse, the Bullet Boys and myriad others, re-released previously recorded CDs to an international audience and in 2008 performed at Rocklahoma, the largest outdoor rock festival in the nation with an average attendance of 30,000 people, held annually in Oklahoma.
“We all have new projects coming soon. With myself it will involve more show dates on the road with Modern Superstar and a local/regional band called Guilty Pleasure,” says Shomidie. “It saddens us to end, but I just think the band has run it’s course and it’s time for new ventures.”
Modern Superstar consists of members of the Bullet Boys and the lead singer from Britny Fox, not household names but respectable performers working steady in the rock field. Shomidie called the Guilty Pleasure band “a bona fide lineup of musicians doing everything from the 50s to current in a rock format,” and plans on supplementing his time off the road playing with that group while continuing the work of ESP. No matter where they go or what they do the iconic and fantastic live performances of House of Nasty will live on as legend in local music history.
“I’ve lived the lifestyle and all the cliché’s of a rock band – the good, the bad, and the ugly – and there is no better feeling than playing live music in front of people,” he says. “I have always given my heart and soul to give all music fans their money’s worth and will continue to do so. Hell, I might break a hip doing this someday.”
On a different and totally unrelated topic (then again, maybe Micky will join these guys someday), the Mature Mob puts on one heckuva show each year with music and dancing and belongs in Now Playing as well as any other group on the music scene. Around since 1992, this ageless bunch of older folks gets things going with dozens of stage performers, plenty of area sponsors and hundreds of audiences members throughout a show run. And best of all, the production staff, including a director, music director, choreographer, music arranger, advertising manager, ticket sales chair, publicity chair, cast and crew donates proceeds to the Senior Services of Central Illinois. Check them out this year Oct. 27, 28 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 29, 30 at 2 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall on Meadowbrook and Iles, as the Mature Mob celebrates 20 years of performance with a best-of show directed by Charley Cross and Randy Roller, titled, “We’ve Only Just Begun.” And so they have.
Contact Tom Irwin at firstname.lastname@example.org.