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February 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Chicago’s Bottomless Pit breaks it down | Concert preview

Bottomless Pit

Bottomless Pit, clockwise from left: Andy Cohen, Tim Midyett, Brian Orchard, Chris Manfrin. Photo by Mr. King.

“People, you’ve got to be careful… know not what you do…”

This cautionary line, from Bottomless Pit’s “Dead Man’s Blues,” is one of several off “Hammer of the Gods” — the 2007 debut by the Chicagoan group, which co-headlines The Sunset Tavern in Ballard Saturday with locals Kinski — alluding to singer-guitarists Tim Midyett and Andy Cohen’s late friend and longtime Silkworm bandmate Michael Dahlquist. The drummer died in 2005, when a woman attempting suicide rammed her car into his.

“Hammer” and its 2010 follow-up “Blood Under the Bridge” “were about the experience of losing Michael,” Midyett says. “We didn’t talk to [journalists] for a long time because I didn’t want it to be an off-the-cuff thing. I wanted whatever we said to be very precise.”


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November 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Mike Burns aka Karl Welzein | Comedy Preview

Comedian Mike Burns, aka @DadBoner on Twitter.

Comedian Mike Burns, aka @DadBoner on Twitter.

Comedian Mike Burns, who created the fictional Karl Welzien (@dadboner) on Twitter will read from his book, “Power Moves: Livin’ the American Dream, USA Style,” tonight at the Sunset Tavern.

“Power Moves” chronicles the decline of Welzien from a Dockers and golf-shirt wearing dad to pony-tailed party machine whose main goal in life is peepin’ babes, drinking cold ones and coming up with bold new ideas to cure a hangover.

For the past two years @DadBoner has tweeted more than 8,000 times and now has nearly 150,000 followers.

That success and notoriety on Twitter landed Burns an agent and a book deal. Burns spoke over the phone recently about the character he created and how the popularity of the feed has taken him by surprise.

Q: How much of your own personality is in Karl?

A: The bad parts. Like when you lie and tell yourself everything’s OK, but really you’re at the bottom of a bottle and that OK feeling’s gonna go away really quickly unless you find another bottle to find the bottom of.


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