Local fans of Chicago's Numero Group -- the revivalist label that's unearthed dozens of classic soul, gospel and funk recordings from all over the country -- no longer have to live in isolation. To celebrate the release of its 26th compilation, "Local Customs: Downriver Revival," the label will throw a party at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3 at Sonotheque. The night will feature a 30-minute documentary about the making of the album (which draws its content from a home recording studio in Ecorse, Michigan), as well as a DJ set including records taken straight from the Numero vault.
Check out the label's blog for a sneak peak, including two free cuts from Ecorse gospel singer Shirley Anne Lee, exclusive video footage and a story primer for a project that was three years in the making.
And if you're excited about this event, don't forget about the Eccentric Soul Revue, Numero's first live concert, which goes down on April 4 at the Park West. The show will include performances from greats like Syl Johnson ("Different Strokes"), The Notations, Renaldo Domino, Nate Evans, The Kaldirons and The Final Solution, whose soundtrack for the unreleased blaxploitation film, "Brotherman," was put out by Numero last year.