CAVE to play stunt show aboard a boat on the Chicago River
Plenty of weird stuff has been found in the Chicago River: dead bodies, cattle carcasses, invasive species, 800 pounds of Dave Matthews Band's piss and shit. On Wednesday, September 25, another oddity floats down the river as local band CAVE plays aboard a boat to promote the release of its album Threace, out October 15 on Drag City.
CAVE is no stranger to guerilla-style promotional stunts. To generate interest in a release back in 2011, the group took a page from the Rolling Stones' promo playbook (itself inspired by an old jazz publicity trick), jamming aboard a flatbed truck driving down Milwaukee Avenue.
The proggy quartet sets sail at 5pm, entering the river from Lake Michigan and heading west—which means plenty of rush-hour commuters crossing bridges on their way home will get an unexpected earful.
"Will the band be shut down by the river police?" reads a press release promoting the event. "Will the sonics force the river to once again change direction?" Powerful as CAVE's live show may be, my money is on the former.