The co-owners of the club, Sue Miller Tweedy and Julia Adams, will host the Lounge Ax Retrospective at saki, 3716 W. Fullerton, a Logan Square record store, gallery and performance space. They'll pack it with memorabilia including posters and some of the countless photo-booth snapshots of rock bands that played the club during its heyday, including Pavement, Wilco, Shellac, Tortoise, Smog, the Sea & Cake and Yo La Tengo. A party is planned at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 and several bands will perform at 4 p.m. Aug. 11.
Both are free, all-ages events. More details on which bands will be playing will be available in a few weeks.
The club closed in 2000, a victim of the neighborhood's gentrification, but not before Miller and Adams left an indelible mark on the city's rock scene. Lounge Ax was long celebrated for its bookings and congenial atmosphere, in keeping with the tone set by the owners.