Chooglin' is breaking up, Midnight Evils to play reunion

Seven-piece r'n'r band and Palmer's Bar staple Chooglin' has decided to call it a day, following the departure of drummer Shawn Walker and an international move by lead guitarist and songwriter Jesse Tomlinson.

The band declined to play an official farewell show, but their high energy, horn-fueled rock will be missed.

The band, formed in 2005, released two full-lengths and a live record, and completed three European tours (including a prominent performance at Bergenfest in Norway). The name Chooglin' is a reference to a CCR lyric.

In related news, Chooglin' precursors and Estrus Records alumni Midnight Evils have announced a reunion gig prior to Tomlinson's move. The Evils, who share members Tomlinson and guitarist Brian Vanderwerf with Chooglin', played from 1999-2005 and recorded three records in that time, twice being selected as "Best Rock Band" in City Pages' annual "Best Of" issue.

Here's a taste of what to expect:

They will play a sweaty 7th Street Entry on Saturday June 23.

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