Lucky Ten

Wow, time has rolled by and 2010 marks the ten year anniversary of One Lucky Guitar. We were kicking around the idea of having some kind of commemorative blowout featuring our all-time favorite bands and all of our favorite people, and, well…that may still happen. But, we thought an even better idea would be to use this anniversary to introduceLucky Ten—a series of ten concerts and events, featuring bands we love, at a diverse set of venues that showcase our city’s cultural assets, all presented in one way or another by One Lucky Guitar, along with our many trusted clients, partners and co-conspirators.

Today, we’ll announce three concerts, and recap two that have already passed by!

METAVARI ‘Loosen the Bands’ vinyl release show Sunday, April 11, 8PM, The Dash-In Listen to Metavari online. More info about ‘Loosen the Bands.’ With special guests Caspian (Beverly, MA), Arms & Sleepers (Cambridge, MA) and Sonoro(us) (Fort Wayne, IN). Metavari is freshly back from a US tour and appearances at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin TX—and, of course, the band features OLG’s Nate Utesch. Nate doesn’t write the newsletter, so we’re allowed to say that the vinyl release features gorgeous music, and equally gorgeous artwork. Tickets: $5 at the door.

IKE REILLY (acoustic) Saturday, May 1, 7PM, One Lucky Guitar

THE IKE REILLY ASSASSINATION (band) Saturday, May 1, 10PM, The Tiger RoomListen to Ike online. We couldn’t be happier to welcome back Libertyville, IL’s Ike Reilly, who will be playing a special acoustic show in our office as the sun goes down, before blazing the city with his rock show at The Tiger Room later that same night. Matt Kelley’s pick for show of the decade.

CLEM SNIDE Wednesday, May 12, 9PM, The Tiger RoomListen to Clem Snide online. Eef Barzelay and Clem Snide return for the third time in two years, and frankly, it’s still a little silly to us—the band actually requested to kick off the tour supporting their excellent new record, The Meat of Life, in Fort Wayne (before hitting smaller markets, in this order: Chicago, Madison, Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, San Fran…you get the idea).

The first two Lucky Ten shows both sold out:

SLEEPY FURNACE Back in January, we hosted Vandolah’s Mark Hutchins for his SLEEPY FURNACE album release show, which featured Kevin Hambrick, Josh Hall and some guy from Aptera. Gotta say, it was a magical evening. And it frankly sounded so good, we decided we had to start hosting more shows in our space.

DOWN THE LINE 4 Then, in February, we once again provided artistic direction and curation for Down the Line 4, a fundraising concert for the Embassy Theatre, which sold out with more than 2,400 tickets moved, and raised $32,148 for the historic downtown landmark. Pretty incredible night.Throughout 2010, we’ll be unveiling a series of Lucky Ten logos, shirts and swag, along with a new web site. What else? Well, there’s talk of getting the carpets cleaned, for starters.