Woolworthy, on the heels of releasing their first new record in 21 years, returned to the stage on November 22, 2023. Taking place at Montrose Saloon, the Chicago band performed in an intimate show before a crowd filled with family and friends. Acoustic Pike – an acoustic version of Cisco Pike – and Dave Suh and Dirty Wings played in support, with the latter band making its live debut.
Woolworthy was a popular Chicago pop-punk band founded in 1995 and active until 2005. The group just released a new album entitled Electric Heartbreak, on Boss Tuneage Records on November 17th. Woolworthy received a warm welcome back as it ripped through a set stacked with old favorites and new tunes. Rudy Gonzalez and Dave Suh traded lead vocals as they also manned their respective guitars. Rick Uncapher on bass and Mark Doyle on drums provided a steady backline.
Billing itself for this event as Acoustic Pike, the trio was made up of Tom Szidon and Pat McIntyre of Cisco Pike, and McIntyre’s daughter Cece McIntyre on violin. It was a lovely set with a folksy feel. One highlight was a cover of John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane.” It was a version of the classic tune decidedly more faithful to the original than that of Me First and The Gimme Gimme’s popular (and fun) take on the song.
Dave Suh of Woolworthy kicked off the evening by making the first of his two performances this night fronting Dave Suh and Dirty Wings in its debut. Just as Suh had double duty, the evening as a whole did so as well. The tables, some decorated with balloons, were covered with large containers of food and cupcakes. Along with being a punk show, it was also a celebration of Suh’s birthday and the birthday of Pat McIntyre’s wife, Rachel McIntyre.
Suh was in obvious good cheer and it shined through during the band’s sprightly set. It was a pleasant way to get the show started.
Please see additional photos from the show. Thanks and Cheers!