Friday, June 14, 2013

Reminder: Mods vs. Rockers Classic Car & Motorcycle Show Starts Tonight

We loved it when we first got the press release in early May, and now that it's nearly here, we love it even more.

The Ninth Annual Mods versus Rockers Rally, with classic vehicles parked in the Aragon Parking Lot, an outdoor concert featuring Million Quarter Quartet, among others, shows inside and outside the Aragon, a late-night party at Fat Cat and an even later one at Uptown Lounge .... Friday and Saturday.

Here's part of what the original post said:  On June 14th and 15th, the Aragon and Uptown will host the Mods vs. Rockers Vintage Motorcycle and Scooter Rally, which this year includes a Hot Rod Rally, Film Fest, Outdoor Rockabilly Concert, Pin-Up Contest, and All-Night Dance Party at Fat Cat.  It's the ninth year in Chicago, but the first in Uptown. 

According to the press release, "The event will feature more than 1,000 vintage motorcycles, scooters and hot rod vehicles on display in the outdoor Aragon event lot from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and continues at 6pm with the “Rockabilly Rumble,” live performances by the Reverend Horton Heat, JD McPherson, “Stray Cat” Lee Rocker, and the Supersuckers on the historic Aragon Ballroom stage.

The daytime rally includes an outdoor stage with live performances by “The Million Dollar Quartet,” The Dyes, Bama Lamas, and Krank Daddies. The event also features an outdoor pub, motorcycle film festival and a vintage pinup contest with $500 cash prize. Ballot-determined trophies will be awarded to vehicle owners in 16 categories at 5:30 p.m. Doors for the evening concert open at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at"
  • According to the website, there will be a Mods event (entry $10) from 9pm until 2am at Fat Cat on Friday night.
  • Saturday afternoon, the action will be centered on the Aragon parking lot (as well as the one just west of it on Winthrop) between noon and 6pm, with a concert stage; a beer garden; a vintage scooter, motorcycle & hot rod show; a pin-up contest; and a film festival (inside the Aragon).  Admission is $10.
  • From 6pm to midnight, the action shift inside the Aragon, with the Rockabilly Rumble, featuring Rev. Horton Heat, special guest JD McPherson, “Stray Cat” Lee Rocker, and the Supersuckers.  Admission is $30.
  • Then there'll be an Afterburner Party right next door at the Uptown Lounge, starting at midnight and going until 5am, featuring Gin Palace Jesters & DJ Killer Diller.

Check the website for more details.


  1. I didn't know about this event officially. One weekend last summer I saw the lakefront parking lots full of cool old and retro 70's and 80's, etc... perfectly maintained cars. I didn't have any idea why they were there then. I hope they will be there again this year.

  2. Awesome. Sounds great for Uptown. I also hope the Police are there as they leave to look for both DUIs and Noise laws when they leave at 5am. As someone who lived here for years and has kids, I think it would be great if the authorities remember families lived here way before it was to become an Entertainment District..

  3. Uptown Lounge is open until 4AM or so every night and hasn't been a major problem. I live at Ainslie & Winthrop and the kids who think it's funny to blow up garbage bins or yell lyrics at 3AM are worse. Buncha middle-aged classic cycle geeks with money to spend seems pretty tame compared to the norm.

  4. Koocachoo72 - I believe the event you saw at the lakefront parking was a Zero Clearance event. They're a car club and are usually there one weekend a month. They have a Facebook page if you are interested in following them.

    Can't wait to see all the cool cars and bikes tonight and tomorrow.

  5. Thank you, M O! I'll look for it on facebook. As of around midnight Saturday, I've been hearing tons of racing going on along LSD.

  6. Ok, this outdoor concert crap needs to stop . No issues with indoor but when it is not even noon and Ilive a couple blocks away with my windows closed and can hear it, that is NOT good for the neighborhood or property values.

  7. This is literally in our back yard; loving the music and atmosphere.

  8. Ironic this is taking place the same night as an event at Essanay featuring live silent film!

    Appreciate the collectors' enthusiasm, but event organizers need to encourage participants to come and go quietly. Motorcycle after motorcycle revving to 100-110 dB in front of a nursing home when measured at a distance of 30 feet per a pretty reliable decibel app is dangerous for the residents. CSA's article "Noise Pollution-A Health Hazard for Seniors" ( gives good summary of risks.

    Chicago Environmental Noise Ordinance ( specifies: “Noise disturbance” means any sound which (1) is audible at a distance of 600 feet or more from the source; or (2) generates a sound pressure level on the public way exceeding 70 dB(A) when measured at a distance of ten feet or more from the source."