If you didn’t get the chance to see the punk band X when the group played a three-night stand last year at Music Box Supper Club, you’ll have another chance. The band is set to return to the club on Wednesday, July 22. In addition, the band will attend the Alternative Press Magazine Music Awards that same night where it’ll receive the Icon Award.
To gear up for the band’s return to town, the Music Box will host a special free screening of the 1986 documentary X: The Unheard Music on July 8. The documentary features interviews with band members and live footage.
“I think it’s a good movie,” singer Exene Cervenka says of the film. “It’s a good documentary and tells a good story. X fans like it. Most X fans have seen it, but the screenings are fun. They’re just drinking and having fun. They can hang out together.”
The screening, which will take place at 7 p.m. in the club’s private dining room, will kick off the club’s "Name Exene’s Artwork Contest" to be held on the same night. It will feature more than $1,000 in prizes. After X performed at Music Box in Cleveland last fall, Cervenka took one of her old collages [pictured] and worked it with the intention of making it into a gift to the club. Her collage will be displayed in Music Box’s lobby on the night of the documentary screening. There will be forms where movie-goers can fill out and submit titles for the piece.
“After I saw the art at the club, I was so impressed with what they were doing in Cleveland,” says Cervenka, “that I wanted to give them a piece of art. I had a piece that was appropriate and I changed it up a bit and worked on it. It’s in my art book, but I couldn’t think of a title. I decided that I just want to let people name it. I want to support the club. I think it’s a good club. If people think of the contest as a fun thing to do and want to name the collage 'Greek Barbecue,' that's fine with me. It'll be fun.”
The “Name Exene’s Artwork Contest” will continue on Music Box’s social media and web sites. Deadline for entries will be on July 17. The winners will be chosen and announced by Cervenka herself onstage on the night of the X concert. The Grand Prize will be a meet and greet with Cervenka on the night of the concert, a $200 Music Box Gift Card and a package of 10 tickets to host a group of friends to an upcoming concert. The second runner up will win a package of 8 tickets to host a group of friends to an upcoming concert. Third runner up will get a package of 6 tickets to an upcoming concert.
During its last appearance at the club, the band played four albums in their entirety. Cervenka and Co. says the July gig will feature songs from several of the albums in the band’s catalog.
“We’ve been doing songs from every record,” she says. “DJ [Bonebrake] plays vibes and Billy [Zoom] plays saxophone. We’ll play a lot of different things this time around but we still haven’t written any new material. It just hasn’t happened. There’s no passion to do it, which is sad because I think it would be fun. But the reality is that there are no record sales anymore. If you make a song and one person buys and then it’s free to everyone. You could sell it as single at shows but you’re bribing people to come to shows and that seems weird.”
To reserve a seat at the special screening and contest, please email the box office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Spaces will be held until 30 minutes prior to the start of the film.