Celebrate May Day with Tom Morello, The Rust Belt Ramblers, and Bucky Halker


Come celebrate May Day with Tom Morello and the One Big Union!

Tom Morello/ Getty images

Start: Apr 30 2010 – 8:00pm
End: May 1 2010 – 12:00am


Bottom Lounge

1375 W. Lake St

Chicago, IL

Details here:  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=476463775084


Each ticket comes with one free raffle entry for the chance to win an autographed guitar, free recording time, AND MORE! (Each additional raffle entry only $5!!)

All proceeds of the show and the raffle go to benefit the I.W.W. (http://www.iww.org)

Morello proves himself an authoritative storyteller and deft songwriter by abandoning his soapbox and joining the struggle of the beleaguered underdogs he champions as they cope with war, poverty, oppression and constant assaults on their dignity.

Hailing from oakwood forests and tallgrass prairies of the Midwest, The Rust Belt Ramblers are redefining the sound of American Music. From ‘Cow-Punk’ to ‘Blackgrass’, people have tried to pigeonhole this group’s whisky-drenched sound into many different genres, but when asked, they broadly refer to it as ‘Americana.’

The Rust Belt Ramblers are a gang of high energy musicians that includes Joe Tessone (banjo, ukulele), Mickey T Craft (double bass), Miss Bailey Dee (cello, fiddle,guitar vocals), Eric AntiFa (drums, percussion), and Johnny Chastain (guitar, mandolin). The ensemble is fronted by varying singer/songwriters and often includes guest appearances by some of Chicago’s greatest players. Time and time again this rowdy bunch has made crowds holler, stomp, and swing their way to the next round!

Folksinger, writer, rocker, scholar, labor songster, alt-country twanger. “The living heir of Woody Guthrie . . . Halker reaches into his strings and conjures up the passionate fire of John Steinbeck.” (Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz, Germany)

  • ABOUT THE ONE BIG UNION; The Industrial Workers of the World:

The IWW is a member-run union open to all workers dedicated to organizing on the job, in their industries, and in their communities. Also known as the Wobblies, the IWW has once again found itself on the cutting edge of the labor movement, winning demands for Starbucks Workers, bike messengers, truck drivers, construction workers, and beyond.

Founded in 1905, the IWW’s International Headquarters has, after 20 years elsewhere, returned to the city of its birth and is celebrating its first May Day back in Chicago with IWW member, Tom Morello (The Nightwatchman, Rage Against the Machine, Street Sweeper).

The organization has a rich musical history and is excited to announce the release of the newest edition of it’s famous “Little Red Songbook,” which features Morello’s “Union Song.” This event is also the release the IWW’s first studio album featuring songs performed by rank-and-file members, including Chicago’s very own Bucky Halker and The Rust Belt Ramblers, who will be performing at this show. This event is not to be missed!


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