This year has been a tough one. We have all sat inside, missed our favorite concerts, regular beach vacations, family reunions, the list goes on. Chopper events were getting canceled one after another, and it looked very bleak for the alternative entertainment crowd. I was getting extremely bummed every time I scrolled through my feed to see another CANCELLED post. I was STOKED, though, to see that the Brauer House in Lombard was able to make a few changes in venue arrangement, and the 3rd installment of the Greasiest Bike show made the best of the world's condition.
Every year, Bad Grease gets us together for the Chicago area show, bringing the Midwest's best to one venue to show off what they've done with all of their creativity and hard work. The bike show itself was held outside in the parking lot, which was an added improvement to me. Mostly for the lighting, space, and open-air no contact arrangement. A few vans and custom cars were also in the mix, which helped expand the show to the entire parking lot.
It was a steamy August day - and the shade provided little escape. Taking frequent breaks from shopping the vendors to visit the bar and get a cold beverage was a must. The bikes that were included in the show were impressive. We saw some old friends, some new builds, and even a few pet goats. Yes, goats.
The Brauerhause in Lombard is known for having big-name bands for live music and gatherings revolving around the custom car and bike culture...at least for over the decade that I have known about. The location is easy to get to from the highway, and the atmosphere is loud and hectic with punk rock intensity that is always welcoming. I was able to catch up to Steve, the owner, and chat a bit- but honestly, it was bustling, and there was so much to take in for a one-day show.
We hope that this grassroots show continues to gain momentum as it presses on and continually elevates the bar set for these sorts of events. The lack of live music in a confined space was missed, especially by the punk rock kids in the crowd, but we still had a blast, and Benny was able to snap some killer images. All of these can be found on his Patreon page, under Benny Stucker Photography. Thank you again to the team at ChopCult for keeping this scene alive and allowing us to bring it to the readers, Risk-Free.