When six o’clock came around, the crowd migrated across Lawrence Ave. to the Aragon Ballroom, where more vendors lined the halls leading up to the big ballroom. Sailor Jerry was set up inside, offering free haircuts by Chicago’s own Mario’s Barbershop.
The ornate interior of the Aragon was impressive; mosaics and creative tile work emblazoned the walls, floors, and ceilings. A huge double staircase leads you up to the massive wooden floor where the stage is a good walk away. Lee Rocker and Supersuckers got the joint jumpin’, followed by JD McPherson’s powerful, raw R&B-flavored rock. His “Northside Gal” earned some well-deserved hoots and hollers from the Chicago crowd.