|Social Distortion headlines a big Riot Fest show at The Congress|
Thursday, October 6, 2011
By Gene Wagendorf III
Riot Fest finds itself in full swing on tonight, bringing in veteran punk rockers Social Distortion in for a show that should provide all the fist-pumping you can handle. Touring in support of their 7th album, the 2011 release Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, Mike Ness and company have all but perfected their sound- often anthemic numbers that feature driving guitars and sincere delivery- and are no strangers to headlining big Chicago fests (their slick performance at Lollapalooza 2010 had me drunkenly nodding along and wishing I knew the lyrics). Reverend Peyton's Big Damn band and local Celtic-punks The Tossers, one of the city's finest bands to get hammered to, open the show. Doors at 6:30. Check out Social Distortion's performance of "Bad Luck" from Lollapalooza below.