Back in the 60s or maybe it was the 90s, Chicago had just one craft beer made locally: Baderbraü. Mike Marszweski, co-owner of Maria’s went to school with the brewery owner’s son and remembers drinking it with some sweet polish sausages somewhere up north. We are excited to see how it tastes today. Come join Baderbraü from 6-9pm for a complementary pint. Lets give em a nice southside welcome. Joe Bryl will make sure your ears have advanced musical flavors. We will be pouring the best beer you can get in Chicago.
The Chicagoist gives them a nice write up.
Also on Friday Night!
SMOKEY JOE’S SOUTHSIDE SOUL SHACK
Featuring Groove Merchant “Smokey” Joe Bryl – Friday May 25 – 8PM-2AM – Free, No Cover
During the sixties and seventies no self-respecting mack-daddy would make the scene to any of Chicago’s many neighborhood night-time blues bars, juke joints or discos without a trip to Maxwell Street and more particularly Smokey Joe’s on the corner of Roosevelt and Halsted, the mecca for the most current dapper and stylish trend-setting clothing. Behind its doors, one could find everything from brightly colored Nehru jackets, flowing paisley patterned shirts, leather jackets fringed with fur, stripped bell-bottomed pants and disco boots with 4 inch heels. This look and attitude was perfectly captured by singer William DeVaughn in his 1972 much-sampled hit “”Be Thankful for What You Got” with its lyrics . . .
Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac
Gangsta whitewalls, TV antennas in the back
You may not have a car at all
But remember brothers and sisters
You can still stand tall
Just be thankful for what you got.
Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin’ the scene with a gangsta lean
To re-imagine and re-live some of this essence Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar is hosting “Smokey Joe’s Southside Soul Shack” this Friday, May 25. Hosted by crate diggin’ groove merchant “Smokey” Joe Bryl, the party will feature the best soul-drenched songs, funk bombs and underground disco beats from the past and the present. We’re inviting all dapper dudes and hip mamas to polish and put your dancing shoes on for a night of churning and burning dance action.
The funk drops at 8PM and continue until 2AM. There is no cover.