For those “in the know” musically speaking, Carbondale has its own particular slice of the hard-hitting history of rock n’ roll.
From birthing one of the longest-running punk houses, to once-in-a-lifetime “you had to be there” intimate shows around town, on campus, or in basements, the Dirty Dale — a mostly affectionate nickname — has earned its place in the annals of music history. Touring bands passing through exalt the passion and energy of the local music scene, and the energy its supporters bring with them to each and every show.
This weekend at Hangar 9, crowds can expect the same leave-it-all-on-the-floor excitement and energy that has become synonymous with rock shows in the Dale.
Rock band Thelma and the Sleaze are set to play in Carbondale this Saturday, July 13, at Hangar 9, 511 S. Illinois Ave., immediately following the camper showcase for Girls Rock Carbondale.
“We love Carbondale,” said LG — founder and guitarist/vocalist for Thelma and the Sleaze — from the road following an appearance in New York. “We’re excited to play there again.”
Thelma and the Sleaze, along with area rockers Acumen and Fat Jackrabbit, join forces in a lineup that promises enough energy, passion, wit and talent to remain seared into collective memory banks for years to come. Having previously played Skihaus, PK's, and Hangar 9, LG said, “Carbondale has always had a place for us.”
For a group whose collective talents have caught the ear of everyone from discerning punks to the renowned music journalists at NPR, there has been no compromise when it comes to the rock of Thelma and the Sleaze. Resting on laurels is not in the band’s vocabulary, and LG unabashedly expects more from music journalists typically covering the group and their shows, as well.
“It’s just lazy writing,” she said of the all-too-common approach of defining the group by gender — the band boasts an all-female lineup — or genre. Anyone familiar with the group, which formed in 2010 after LG moved to Nashville to study audio engineering, has come to expect the sort of don’t-hold-back rock shows that are anything but lazy.
“They’ve stunned me every time I’ve seen them play,” said Andy Beyke of Fat Jackrabbit, which opens for Thelma and the Sleaze on Saturday. “This is going to be an exciting, high-energy show, and I’m excited for all of it ... I’m excited to see Acumen play too,” he said, referring to Saturday’s other opening act.
With a lineup currently rounded out by Cootchie on keyboards, Snowflake on drums, and Shy-Anne on bass, the Nashville rockers of Thelma and the Sleaze are touring ahead of the release of their latest studio album, “F***, Marry, Kill,” due out at the end of July.
Their latest single, “Pain,” has a newly released music video, and can be found on YouTube, Spotify, and other streaming sites. Fans and those curious to know more about the group can find the band on Facebook or their personal website, thelmaandthesleaze.com.
Hangar 9 is a 19+ establishment, patrons must be 21 to drink, and the cost for entrance is $5 at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m., with music scheduled to begin at 10 p.m.
The Girls Rock Camper Showcase directly precedes the show, running from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Youth who have spent the last week with Girls Rock Camp, forming a band, learning an instrument and writing a song, will perform to show off their hard work. Admission also is $5. Children must be accompanied by a parent.