Sun Sept 28: Thrift Score: Incredibly Strange Music Night.



Over 20 years ago, the San Francisco-based publisher Re/Search, a successor to the punk rock fanzine Search & Destroy, put out their first volume of an overview of peculiar, arcane and otherwise forgotten records appropriately titled Incredibly Strange Music (Vol. II would come out the following year). As stated in a review by Michael Tierno on the respected trade publication Library Journal, Incredibly Strange Music encapsulates . . .

In a series of entertaining, informative, and sometimes moving interviews, the volume’s various contributors lead collectors of strange recordings from quaint musings about various recording acts to deeper speculations about society and what we can learn about it by examining “strange music.” Certainly, one can say that the collection seems to capture our fascination with putting on a record just about anything–from seashore sounds to Muhammad Ali speaking out against tooth decay to cab drivers talking about New York City. Perhaps the book’s deeper message hints at the landscape of ever-slipping innocence of our culture, reflected here in its recording art. Libraries will do well to carry this valuable study, since it not only lists odd music but any and everything producers saw fit to record.
Like urban archaeologists, many of these avid collectors of ephemeral recordings followed normal paths like that to their local used record stores, estate sales and even their families personal holdings to unearth what others whom avidly read Goldmine Magazine, the leading appraiser of vintage vinyl records, as suspect, without interest or any perceivable value. But, like any good archaeological digger, these collectors began to look at other avenues for what they considered records that escaped the normal consensus of what was “good” and were drawn to those oddities that often defied description and slipped under the floorboards of cultural approval. 
Some of these vinyl diggers would go door-to-door ringing bells and asking if anyone in the home had any old records that they wanted to get rid of, others would go dumpster diving through alleyways sifting through others discarded waste while many more likely, took weekly (or daily) pilgrimages to thrift stores in town or when traveling on the road flipping through bins and underneath dusty shelves. That was often were the “mother lode” could be found when one was looking to score some “black gold”.
Writer David Todd in an 1994 article in Wire captured the essence of these vinyl treasure hunters . . .

The Incredibly Strange Music books are mondo archaeology for vinyl fetishists. They exhume a hidden world of plastic where exotic Easy Listening, modern primitives, suburban astronauts, Bavarian sex symbols and singing psychics co-exist in fabulous Living Stereo. . . . the terrain is mapped implicitly by truckers, loggers, strippers, Hawaiians, Christians, psychics, wrestlers, Satanists, singing cops, sound sculptors, rockabillies, monsters, surfers and people who have yet to discover a talent of any description and seem unlikely to do so in their lifetime.

To showcase this alternative history of vinyl, Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar will be starting a new monthly residency on Sunday, September 28 (and every following 4th Sunday of the month) titled The Thrift Score: Incredibly Strange Music Night. Hosted by vinyl enthusiast and deep digger deejay Tony “The Luck of Lucien” Medina, The Thrift Score will pay heartfelt tribute to those forgotten gems and curiosities that have fallen beneath the cracks yet deserve much-belated recognition. Tony will be joined with other collectors of “low culture” who find value in the eccentric and abnormal and share their passion and oddities with others including Joe Bryl, Maria’s musical director and fellow collector of vinyl peculiarities for over three decades for the September 28 kick-off.
To add a visually complimentary component to the sounds, The Thrift Score will also screen on DVD an equally peculiar grouping of Incredibly Strange Films (yet another Re/Search guidebook to undervalued and under appreciated psychotronic and cult movies published in 1986). Some of low-budget and quirky films will include Gimme Gimme Octopus, a Japanese children’s TV show about an octopus and a peanut who are in love with the same walrus, Mondo Bizarro, an quasi-exploitation documentary from the Swinging Sixties, Superman Donuyor, a Turkish take on America’s most-beloved super hero, Santo en el Tesoro de Dracula, a Mexican Lucha Libre wrestling film featuring the Prince of Darkness and The Hooked Generation, an outrageous psychedelic trip featuring homicide, hypodermics and hippies-gone-bad. 
There is no cover for The Thrift Score.

DJ catieo spins “Keyboards Delight” on Thursday, Sept. 18th at Maria’s!

36832DJ catieo will spin tunes from the 50s through the early 80s featuring organs, pianos, electronic organs, hammond organs, harpsichords, Mellotrosynthesizers and more unexpected keyboards on deck.

All this keyboard magic will include funk, freakbeat, psychadelia, soul, psych fuzz and more. Fine videos will be projected alongside these groovin’ beats.

Sat Aug 30: Beach Boys and Beachy Girls


Tonight Luis Aguillera brings the beach party to Maria’s.. Beneath the beach is the pavement.

Bridgepork is Coming August 22-23

Maria’s, which has been in existence for 27 years and has been witness to many changes in Bridgeport, is kicking off our four year anniversary (since our revamping) on Friday, August 22 with Bridgepork, a celebration of great beer, bar b q and music. We will be paying tribute to the vision and perseverance of our own maternal presence, Maria Marszewski, who opened the tavern/package goods store when Bridgeport was closely aligned to the workings of the local Democratic machine and through its many manifestations and its current gentrification that has been dubbed “The Community of the Future”. To give Maria proper tribute for the steadfastness of her vision we will unveil a specially commissioned portrait of her that will then be hung in its place of honor on the walls of her self-named bar.
We will be featuring our current crop of Marz Brewery beers including The Machine (American Pale Ale), The Bubbly Creek and The Bubbly Creek YUZU (both Berliner Weiss) and Smoke Wheat Every Day (a Grätzer) , The Bridgeporter, at $1 off the draft price. We will be also pouring some specialty brews that we’ve been saving deep in our vaults particularly for this occasion including Firestone Walker XVII Anniversary, The Bruery Sucre, Revolution 4th Year Quad, North Coast/Goose Island Class of ’88, Surly Darkness and other rare suds.
You can also pair your beers with some tasty treats from our outdoor Korean Polish BBQ cookout (a Monday evening summer staple) in the back patio featuring free brats, kimchee ( by Ajoohma’s Apron) to spice up the palette and various side dishes to warm your soul and fill your appetite.
At 9 PM until closing we will be featuring the Secret Disco monthly residency helmed by deep diggin’ DJ Joe Bryl which month after month brings to light the varied tones, textures and hidden histories of Disco from its roots in both funk, atmospheric electronics, sweaty soul and minimal micro-beats.
Saturday, August 23 – 4 PM – 9 PM – Free, No Cover
960 W. 31st Street, Chicago, IL. 60608 – 773.890.0588 –’s will be continuing it’s celebration our four year anniversary on Saturday, August 23 with Bridgepork Part Deux a weekend of great beer, food and music. We will transform our outdoor parking lot beginning at 4 PM (and continuing throughout the early evening) into a festive mini-court with a mixture of some of our favorite local bands. Noted Chef Kevin Hickey, previous of the Four Seasons, current Director of Food & Beverage for Rockit Ranch Productions and of the soon to open Duck Inn (2701 S. Eleanor at the fringe of Bridgeport) will be slinging some tasty edible treats. Our own Mikemar will be grilling the traditional Ko Po BBQ(Korean Polish) plus we’ll be offering plenty of craft beers including our recently released Marz brews to wet your palette.The revolving group of the featured electronic bands has been curated by our master mixologist Ken Zawacki, whose own electronic effort in the guise of Dar Embarks will be released soon on the Still Music label. Bands include J+J+J, Chandos, Windbreaker and onyou. Expect plenty of pulsing tech beats, acid jams and tweaked-out minimal excursions.

The party will continue inside after 9 PM with the Sonorama DJ crew (Charly Garcia and Eddy Baca) featuring the rhythms of mambo, rumba, cumbia, guaracha, garage, rock and other musical genres of Latin America and the south-of-the border cinematic treasures of Mexican horror films and Lucha Libre wrestling.

Haymarket Whiskey History Class – Monday, August 4 (7-9 PM)


Every Monday is our usual KoPo BBQ freak out.  But this Monday we are pleased to present A Whiskey History Class with our pal, Matthew Landan, of the Haymarket Whiskey Bar in Louiseville Kentucky.

Haymarket Whiskey Bar, a proud member of the Urban Bourbon Trail and one of Thrillist’s Top 22 whiskey bars in America will be offering a whiskey history class at Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar on Monday, August 4 (7-9 PM).

Officially titled American Whiskey History and Modern Bourbon Marketing, this class is hosted by in-house specialist Matthew Landan. Maggie Kimberl of recently wrote “It connected bits of information in a totally new way that made me appreciate my Kentucky and Louisville heritage that much more.”

The class begins with a thorough introduction to the history of American whiskey from pre-Revolutionary War to Prohibition, how to read a bourbon bottle label, and about the big eight producer distillers. The second portion of the talk teaches you everything you need to know about modern bourbon marketing.
Matthew Landan is a jack-of-all-trades, working as everything from a translator for Telecom Italia Lab to a journalist for Italy Daily and Dow Jones Newswires to a Cracker Jack vendor at the world famous Wrigley Field. A world traveller, Landan finally planted his feet in the rustic and culture-rich Louisville, Ky. He launched his first business, Derby City Espresso, specializing in artisan third wave espresso drinks and craft beer on April Fool’s Day 2007. But this is bourbon county, and Landan became entranced by the culture. He opened Haymarket Whiskey Bar in 2012 – a unique bourbon bar boasting nearly 200 unique bourbons, over 100 bourbons, and great beer and spirits. In 2015 he plans to open Louisville’s first ever and only 24-hour Chicago-style kosher deli.
This event is free (no reservations required).
Proud member of The Urban Bourbon Trail
Named one of the 21 best whiskey bars in America by Thrillist
Named one of 10 whiskey bars for beginners by Whiskey Advocate
Named one of the top 55 bourbon bars in America by Bourbon Review 



August 9: The Homebrewer’s Ball

Mash Tun HomeBrewer's Ball


Mash Tun Journal presents:

The 2014 Homebrewer’s Ball
August 9, 2014 • 2:30-6pm
The Co-Prosperity Sphere – 3219-21 South Morgan Street – Chicago Illinois, 60608

The makers of Lumpen magazine and Mash Tun Journal have partnered up with Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar and Marz Community Brewing Company to create another great beercentric event with the Mash Tun Society. You are receiving this email because you attended one of our events. If you purchase tickets you get $5 off the regular $30 admission.

Please join us at the Homebrewer’s Ball and meet Chicago’s future pro brewers!

Attendees will be able to sample brews, eat some chow and vote for the best beer in our first annual competition!

For $25 you get:
– Tastes of all the Homebrew entries
– A Mash Tun Tasting Glass
– A Homebrewer’s Ball T-shirt Live  Silk-screened by Teetsy! (supplies limited)
– Vittles by The Doner Men and The Salsa Truck
– Tastes of Marz Community Brewing Co. beers.
–  A vote for best brews in the competition. The winner gets their beer brewed at Marz Community Brewing Company
– A copy of the new Mash Tun Guide to Craft Beer in Illinois

The Competition features freshly brewed ales by:
Armando Cobian and Christina Cobian, Chuck Patella, Cassie Webster and Brody Webster, Kyle Shaver and Kevin Shaver, Steven Schaab with help from Mark Paris, David Erwin Merz III and Cameron Mark Cieglo, Robby Zahm and Jacques Laramie, Walter Ornelas, Joel Timm and Taylor Southworth, Chris Chesser, Sean Fitzpatrick, Oscan Montenegro and Dany Reyes, and Josh Smith.


Visit [ this link ] for tickets via Eventbrite!

Judging of the event is open to members of the Mash Tun Society only. Proceeds of the event go to the Public Media Institute, the non profit that publishes Mash Tun Journal and organizes The Mash Tun Society.

The Mash Tun Society is a craft beer and artisan food club that presents programming throughout the year in the city of Chicago. The Society was established for people who enjoy the pleasures and aesthetics of craft beer and how it intersects with food, culture, & society. The Non profit organization publishes The Mash Tun Journal and produces many events and programs like the Mash Tun Festivals, The Homebrewers Ball, the annual Art of Beer exhibition and other fine drinking and eating events and gatherings.

To become a member of the Mash Tun Society please visit:

New members will receive complementary entry to the 2014 Homebrewer’s Ball.

July 28: Guest Kimchee by Bev Kim and John Clark today


Beverly Kim and John Clark of Parachute made some kimchee for our KoPo BQ today. You ready for the kimchee love? 530 pm start time.

Pssst …. On Monday, July 14 there is a KoPo BBQ featuring guest chef Won Kim and desserts by Dana Cree

KoPo BBQ: featuring guest chef Won Kim and desserts by Dana Cree
w/$4 Tiger Lager beer and $5 special draft beers

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar is proud to welcome back the return of Won Kim on Monday, July 14 to be the guest chef for it’s weekly KoPo BBQ (Korean/Polish ) featuring his take on house made polishes and kimchi. Won Kim will be joined with special guest Dana Cree, pastry chef for avec and Blackbird, offering a refreshing summertime ice cream desert. Dana was nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef by the James Beard Foundation in 2014.

Won Kim is a Chicago native by way of Seoul, South Korea. Having grown up in the city, he was exposed to a world of graffiti art. Self taught and painting under the moniker Revise CMW has disciplined him in a variety of mediums and styles. Won is also an avid beer drinker and is heavily involved in the food and beverage industry as a promoter and coordinator of beer events with a focus on up and coming brewers such as the Brew Ha-ha, Iron Brew, Under the Influence, and Brew Ho-ho to name a few. He also hosts many other beer-centered events and prepares 5 course beer dinners with a variety of breweries at Whole Foods in Lincoln Park.

The barbecue takes place every Monday (weather permitting) in our expanded outdoor patio which allows our customers to relax and enjoy the spring-like breezes with a refreshing cocktail or quenching seasonal beer.

As always, the barbecue takes place at 5:30 PM in the outside patio with free brats, kimchee to spice up the palette and various side dishes to warm your soul and fill your appetite. We heartily recommend arriving early before all the food and fixings are gone.

July 5: Salsa Truck Comes to Maria’s Tonight!



BRIDGEPORT — Hungry barflies, take note.

Late-night eats are coming to Maria’s Community Bar on July 5, courtesy of The Salsa Truck.

The city’s first licensed mobile food preparer will make a cameo at the bar, 960 W. 31st St., from 9 p.m.-midnight on July 5. More food trucks are expected to visit the bar throughout the summer.

The Salsa Truck is operated by Dan Salls, a financial adviser who quit his lucrative gig to chase his dream of operating a food truck, a converted former ice cream truck he’s transformed into a mobile taco-slinging, salsa-making tour de Mexican food force.

Here’s a look at The Salsa Truck’s menu:

Taco lunch: $10
Two tacos, chips and two salsas and a drink

Tacos a la carte: $3

  • Al pastor (tender pork belly in homemade adobo with pineapple)
  • Carne asada (skirt steak marinated in mojo sauce)
  • Carnitas (pork shoulder rubbed in ‘the salsa truck blend’ and shredded)
  • Pollo (slowly roasted and shredded chicken in adobo sauce)
  • Chorizo (house-cured chorizo with chilis, cider vinegar and agave nectar)
  • Rajas (peppers, onion, seasonal ingredients with lime)

Chips and guacamole: $4
Chips and 2 salsas: $3


  • Salsa de la casa (“the recipe that started it all”)
  • Verde (tomatillo, Serrano, agave nectar, lime)
  • Roasted tomatillo/chipotle (tomatillo, chipotle, cilantro, lime)
  • Roja (fire-roasted tomato, chili guajillo, chile arbol, chili morita)


Happy Birthday America


You know what it’s like in the city during the fourth. Enjoy patio views of
Bridgeport’s finest alley fireworks teams.

DJ Logan Bay brings the party. You bring the bottle rockets.