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The Green Music Fest catches Dave Mata’s Royal Hands 

Plus: Do312 brings back its Rock ’n’ Roll Market, and Bric-a-Brac Records celebrates four years.

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click to enlarge Impala Sound Champions cofounder Dave Mata with the Royal Hands Sound System that was custom built for the defunct collective - COURTESY THE ARTIST
  • Impala Sound Champions cofounder Dave Mata with the Royal Hands Sound System that was custom built for the defunct collective
  • Courtesy the artist

At the MCA's Prime Time after-hours series in October 2015, local DJ collective Impala Sound Champions debuted a massive 66,000-watt battery of speakers they call the Royal Hands Sound System, which consists of 20 cherry-stained wooden cabinets, clusters of gold horns, and a few vintage theater speakers. The collective dissolved in December, but on Sunday, June 11, cofounder Dave Mata will bust out the beast for what he's calling the Chicago DJ All-City Assembly, an all-day, all-vinyl party on the south stage of the Green Music Fest. Mata also put together the roster of selectors, which includes Teklife's DJ Phil and DJ Manny, Sonorama's Charly Garcia and Eddy Baca, Simmer Down Sound's Nic the Graduate and King Tony, Jocelyn Brown (aka DJ Clerical Error), and Vocalo's Jill Hopkins.

This wolf loves checking out live rock 'n' roll, being outside, and shopping—so it's great news that for the third year in a row, on Saturday, June 10, nightlife promoters Do312 host a Rock 'n' Roll Market—and it's in their parking lot, right next to Logan Square hot spot East Room! The market runs from noon till 7 PM, and Gossip Wolf faves White Mystery and Flesh Panthers anchor a full lineup of bands. The equally hot (and much larger) lineup of vendors includes Ludwig Drums, Dead Meat Design, Eye Vybe Records, Girls Rock! Chicago, and vintage fashion hub Kokorokoko.

If you're not sick of Logan Square after the Rock 'n' Roll Market, this wolf recommends hitting up Bric-a-Brac Records for the shop's fourth anniversary! Four acts play in-store sets beginning at 4 PM: Wad, Negative Scanner, Sweet Cobra, and a mysterious performer who goes by Jimmy the Undertaker (word is he's a neighborhood guy who used to play in garage bands decades ago). The first 50 people get a complimentary tote bag of goodies, including a T-shirt, an anniversary print by Ryan Duggan, and a mixtape. Admission is free, and so is the pizza (while it lasts).  v

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect the recent dissolution of Impala Sound Champions.

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