Spike Rebel‘s name may sound threatening, but his music is inviting – especially to the ladies. He played at last week’s Sushi, Sake & Soul and as I watched a room full of women dressed to the nines swoon over his crooning I thought “man, I have got to feature this cat.”
Glenn Murray of 220 communications (and fellow Street Team-er!)invited me to emcee the event so I was able to talk to Spike before introducing him. He’s been playing since he was a child, encouraged by his father. His main influence to become a musician, however, was Kiss. Their flamboyant costumes, and the fact that they could get paid to rock out, captured his imagination. Like his name, though, that’s a bit misleading. You’re more likely to be reminded of Prince or Lenny Kravitz, two of his other influences, than Gene Simmons.
Spike grew up in Chicago but like many musicians headed out west to LA. That was “too plastic,” so he crossed the country to New York. His experience there introduced him to music from several different cultures and he tries to infuse that in his music. Thinking that something “didn’t feel right,” Spike’s back in Chicago and you can see him every Wednesday at Checkerboard Lounge (5201 S Harper Ct, 773-684-1472.
Take a listen to the ballad “Thousand Ways,” and ladies, try not to swoon.