A couple years back, Jon Kirby was in the midst of an archaeological excavation, the kind of deep cultural dig that has become the hallmark of local archival record label the Numero Group. He’d recently come across The Chicago Party, an unearthed UHF variety show featuring musical and comedy acts that was filmed at a south-side nightclub in 1982. Numero would release selections from that footage in early 2015 as the DVD “mixtape” Ultra-High Frequencies. But the dig was not done.
Universal Togetherness Band