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June 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Wookfest (A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Jeff "Wookie" Ziolo) at Reggies Saturday, June 16, 2018

(A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Jeff “Wookie” Ziolo)

  • Skank
  • Jungle Rot
  • Whut?
  • Armored Assault
  • Bad Blood
  • Speedfreak

@Reggies Rock Club
Saturday, June 16
Ages = 17+
Show = 6:00 pm
Tickets = $15 ($17 at the door)


Skank at WookfestA Hard Rock/Metal band from Chicago, featuring Skunk on vocals, Johnny Nuzzo on guitar, Kyle Koter on bass, and Pete Arado on drums. (Source)

Jungle Rot

Jungle Rot Album "Unstoppable"Shots’ firing overhead, out of breath, thankful to be alive, an exhausted, courageous soldier takes cover in a nearby trench. Overcome with tragedy, the cadet looks down to carefully remove his worn down combat boots to discover his feet numb and blue, knocking him back with an overwhelming smell of decay and gangrene. This phenomenon is known as “jungle rot”. With a little imagination, visualize this horrifyingly grotesque predicament as it would be in heavy metal form – teeming with despair, brutality, darkness and volatility. The sinister picture you have just painted comes to life in four-piece death metal act Jungle Rot, who has been triumphantly destroying the metal scene since 1994.

Hailing from Kenosha, Wisconsin, Jungle Rot has steadily collected fans by the thousands since their 1995 demo release “Skin The Living”. Critics, blown away by their chillingly explosive live shows, rewarded the band with stellar reviews and were offered their first record deal with Pulverizer Records. Through new representation, the men released their first full-length project, “Slaughter The Weak” (1998) and were greeted by a tremendous amount of support from both the metal community and critics everywhere. Responding to a flood of new fans, the band rearranged their lineup, adapted their sound, produced new material, and began to dominate the Midwest tour circuit.

Now impossible to ignore, Jungle Rot inked a contract with Olympic Records in 2001, impressing the metal world with their slight hints of favorites, Slayer and Sodom. A collection of their new material came to life in their 2001 release, “Dead And Buried”, leaving fans in awe with flawless, bass-heavy production and calculated, intricate riffing. Stunned by their aggressive melodies, fans demanded a headlining tour, which came to fruition in 2008, alongside Warmaster, Downswitch, and Walking Corpse.

Fresh off of their wildly successful European tour, with thousands of new supports to boot, Jungle Rot signed a deal with Napalm Records in 2009. Having more than a decade of experience on their side, the band released “What Horrors Await” later that year, forcing metal heads to their knees, saluting their mastery of guitar distortion and growls were seemingly delivered from the deepest pits of Hell. Summoning their primal, innermost hatred, “What Horrors Await” brought hit after heavy hit, knocking down naysayers with one swift kick to the gonads. With fire in their eyes, Jungle Rot toured relentlessly across the world, proving the quality of their production matched their live performance, solidifying their spot as major players in the death metal scene.

Victory Records, intrigued by Jungle Rot’s brand of knuckle-dragging, Neanderthal death metal, welcomed the band to their roster in April 2011. Three short months later, the guys released “Kill On Command”, some of their heaviest material to date. Throwing down the gauntlet, they integrated slow stomp melodies into their speed-thrash style, bringing the band back to their death metal roots. Comprised of front-man and guitarist Dave Matrise, bassist and backing vocalist James Genenz, and lead guitarist Geoff Bub, JUNGLE ROT was back with vengeance to “take back the scene we started” Matrise contends. Their years of hard work landed them on tours with many death metal legends such as Deicide, Entombed, Six Feet Under, Vader, Obituary, Suffocation, Goatwhore, Cattle Decapitation, and more.

Inspired and motivated by their fans’ continued support Jungle Rot will release their next album in early 2013. Ready to go to war, the band promises to vanquish the nonbelievers, showering them with waves of barbaric chanting and savagely powerful beats, until they raise their white flags of defeat. Jungle Rot will not be ignored. Jungle Rot will not be vanquished. Jungle Rot will not compromise. With no end in sight, it is clear that this case of Jungle Rot will continue to attack and decay anything and everything in its path. Ye have been warned; the era of muted metal will meet its end at the hands of Jungle Rot. (Source)


Whut? is an crossover thrash band built on the principles of hardcore punk. Formed in 2002 just outside Chicago, Illinois. As of 2017, the band comprises two of its founding members, guitarist Gregory Charles (PBS) and drummer Philly D, along with vocalist Jeremy Keen, bassist Bob “808” Mullaney and guitarist Jerome Marshall.

Whut? has never sought out mainstream acceptance but instead have built a rapid following with DIY integrity, ethics and a take no shit positive attitude, along with aggressive riffs, intelligent lyrics and blistering low end.

Whut? has released 1 studio full length, 2010’s Laughing with the Sinners. 1 Live Album, 2008’s Dead AIR and 1 EP, 2007’s Through it all, We stand tall. The band is expecting to release a new EP towards the end of 2017 titled Still Laughing. (Source)

Armored Assault

armored assaultA metal band from Chicago, featuring And “Pindy” Pindelski on vocals, Tommy Bellino and Marc Notardonato on guitars, Elliot Moser on bass, and Mark Suttner on drums. (Source)

Bad Blood

badbloodBad Blood is a Chicago hardcore behemoth. Influenced by Knocked Loose, Carnifex and Nails, this band of new school beat down kids with Jeff’s honorary “little brother” on guitar, promises to bring the chaos. The group may be young but they are energetic; bringing raw talent and energy to the stage. The band wanted to play this year, “mainly to give back the same way Wookie did. He was best well known for helping other bands.”

In regards to why people should come out to see Bad Blood at this year’s Wookfest, Damien said, “People should come see us because we are a new band & we have gotten quite a bit of hype around us. It would be cool for people to come out and support the band. We stand out amongst the other bands & think people should come out to support Wookie because at the end of the day that’s what it’s about.”

The band hopes to draw a large crowd and really get the pit going. They are extremely excited to play and promise to set the bar. As for the future of Bad Blood, the band is hard at work. Mikey: “We have new material – new songs, things that are in the works. My guy!”

The group is also planning a live music video shoot the night of June, 16th. Bad Blood is inviting anyone and everyone to show up for the shoot – a kind gesture of welcoming the public to get there early, show their support and have a hell of a time celebrating the life and memory of Jeff “Wookie” Ziolo. Come out early and be part of the LIVE VIDEO SHOOT! (Source)


speedfreakWe are Speedfreak. We play Intergalactic Hot Rod Stripper Metal / Psychoholic Groove Sludge / Swamp Rebel / Power Slop, but we don’t like to limit ourselves to labels. When it comes down to it, we play both kinds of music: Rock AND Roll. We’re from Chicago and have been throwin’ down and partying your pants off since 2006. 

Speedfreak is comprised of the toe-tappin, finager-snappin, head-bangin rhythm section of Horny D and Dirty Steve. Topped off with the lascivious licks of guitar abuser Kevin Kelly and the raucous, raunchy lyrics of Tommy Kooch.

With a new record coming in 2017, roll with Speedfreak or get run over, either way, they’ll see you on the road. (Source)


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