Jon Langford (center) will bring his brand of high-octane punk/alt-country to Snapdragon on June 8 (Courtesy Photo).

Jon Langford (center) will bring his brand of high-octane punk/alt-country to Snapdragon on June 8 (Courtesy Photo).

Jon Langford comes to town

Founded punk band The Mekons and alt-country ensembles The Waco Brothers and Pine Valley Cosmonauts.

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019 1:02pm
  • Arts

Jon Langford, a Renaissance man of indie music, will play a show at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Snapdragon.

Langford, a prolific Welsh musician and artist based in Chicago, is one of the founders of the punk band The Mekons and alt-country ensembles The Waco Brothers and Pine Valley Cosmonauts. He’s collaborated with a vast constellation of other alt-country, noise rock and punk heroes in his days, and as an artist, has created numerous striking album covers for the Bloodshot Records label for many years.

His bio on the Blookshot Records calls him a “reeling papa bear figure to many of Chicago’s musicians looking for direction and reassurance” and name-checks those with whom he’s stared time onstage and in recording studios: Old 97’s, Roger Knox, Rosie Flores, Kelly Hogan, Andre Williams, Sadies, Sally Timms, Danbert Nobacon and Alejandro Escovedo, among others.

The bio also hints at the sheer scale of high-octane fun to be found at a Langford show.

“He also never lets a firm stance or a strong opinion get in the way of a hearty laugh or a ripping good yarn, preferably told in the company of friends with a frothy pint glass within reach,” it says.

Tickets, $10, are on sale at brownpapertickets.com. The show is presented by islander Debra Heesch.

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