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Pete Jive at The Venue!

By The Venue Aurora

When and where

Date and time

Friday, April 7 · 8 - 11pm CDT


THE VENUE 21 South Broadway Aurora, IL 60505

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About this event

  • 3 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

The Venue is pleased to present Pete Jive, Friday, April 7 at 8pm. Doors open 7pm.

Suggested Donation Show - $5


When Pete Jive sings, charisma glides out of him and hugs you. Jive's gyrating, crazy legs maneuvers, turn-on-a-dime leaving two nickels syncopated rhythms, and punchy lyrics will heart-imprint you. A Pete Jive performance is an all-in, no one left seated affair, where Jive locks eyes, ears, legs, voice, fingers, and rapt attention around his audience. You don't hear a Pete Jive set; you and Pete live through it, together—that's the attuned intimacy Pete delivers to audiences.

In March 2020, Jive released "Live at the Roundhouse," a solo live recording at the historic Aurora nightclub. It is raw, energetic, charismatic Jive in his element—crowd sounds and a bare-naked mix bring the Roundhouse into our living rooms. You hear love in the hearts, sense sway in the girls, and feel grit on the floor—Half-drank beers in tall glasses paired to smiling faces and wiggling asses. Recorded just twelve days before America shut down, it's a chi-ful reminder of just how carefree we could be on February 28, 2020, and how we will feel again.

Jive's hauntingly charming early-career song "All I See, " was given new life in 2019. Grammy-winning Producer Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show), hired to produce JDR's seven-song "No Winning Hands" album, chose the vintage track, adding the signature Hutt punch and JDR breadth.

No Sign of Regret, Jive's first album, released in 2011, is a powerful collection of ballads combining complex rhythms with uplifting, empowering messages of self-reliance and resilience. Jive's second album, released in 2013, "Sleep When I Die," delivers a title track so catchy you will swear you already heard it. In 2018 Jive's childhood collaborator John D. Rowland invited Jive to join JDR & the Broadcast. Cinnamon, JDR's 2018 LP, features the rousing Jive tune "Hurts as it Heals."

While it has been nearly two decades since Pete Jive shows were flash-mob, parking lot gigs featuring Naperville's finest as the encore, his passion-dripped heartfelt swagger continues. Pete once met and chatted for a few minutes with former Black Crows keyboardist Adam MacDougall. Months later, MacDougall's band Circles Around the Sun published an uber-trippy instrumental song titled Pete Jive.

That is the charisma-colored coolness Pete brings to every performance. Do your soul a solid, lace up your dance shoes, boogie on over, and experience an American flat-picking classic crooner.

Anthony Warren, Massive Anxiety Publishing© 2021

About the organizer

Organized by
The Venue Aurora

At The Venue, we book nationally-recognized talent in all genres of music from blues and big band, to rock and world music, and everything in between. Frequently, our opening acts feature regional and local musicians and songwriters. Our listening room seats 200 with no obstructed views, and our outdoor stage area can fit several hundred festival fans.

The Venue is operated by the Fox Valley Music Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to music education, promotion and preservation.

Please check our website for information about parking. Enter from Water Street Mall. No reentry through the Broadway Street entrance. (Reenter through Water Street.)

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