John C. Reilly And Friends to play two intimate, underground shows in Miller Caves
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Along with having starred in some of the finest films of the past 20 years (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) and being the one and only Dr. Steve Brule, John C. Reilly also does the Billy Bob Thorton/Jeff Bridges/Kevin Costner thing by fronting his own bluegrass band, John C. Reilly And Friends. Unlike those other actors, however, Reilly’s music project is worth more than a snicker. Reilly has two singles out on Jack White’s Third Man Records, and he has spent the past few months playing the festival circuit with bandmates Tom Brosseau and Lavender Diamond’s Becky Stark. But while rocking out at Sasquatch may be swell and all, nothing beats what Reilly (and the Pabst Theater Organization) has planned for Milwaukee.
Reilly and his band will be performing in the Miller Caves, of all places, located beneath the Miller Brewing Company (4251 West State Street, 414-931-BEER). Originally used for refrigeration, the Caves were restored in 1953 and repurposed as a museum (Liberace cut the opening day ribbon), and were renovated again in 2008. Reilly and company, however, will have the distinction of playing the first-ever live show in the space. Two shows are scheduled for Sunday, June 16 (6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.), each with a cozy 100-person capacity. General admission tickets are $35, and go on sale Friday, May 17 at noon.