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Bucket O' Blood
Books and Records

2307 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Tel: 312.890.3860

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Hours

Monday
Noon–7pm
Tuesday
Noon–7pm
Wednesday Noon–7pm
Thursday
Noon–8pm
Friday Noon–8pm
Saturday Noon–8pm
Sunday Noon–7pm

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 29th | 7:00pm
JAMES GREER READING FROM HIS COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES "EVERYTHING FLOWS"
James Greer is the author of acclaimed novel "The Failure." In addition to his works of fiction, he is known for his stint with indie rock legends Guided by Voices and his current music project DTCV, who will be playing a show at Township immediately following his reading.

 

***All events are free and open to the public!***

 

Past Events

 

Friday, August 23rd | 7:00pm
MEET THE NEW OWNERS, SAY GOODBYE TO MARC DRIKING PARTY AND ACOUSTIC SHOW
Bucket O' Blood has changed hands! Huzza! Come meet the new owners, Grant and Jenny, while saying a fond farewell to that crankiest of shopkeeps, Marc Ruvolo! We'll be drinking and hanging out!


Devon Kay (Devon Kay & the Solutions/Direct Hit!)
Marc Ruvolo (Marc Ruvolo & the Problems)
Mike Petruccelli (Mike P. & the Pee Shy)

Crackin' some books and crackin' some skulls!

All ages, BYOB.

Saturday, April 20th | 4:00pm
RECORD STORE DAY AFTERNOON DRINKING PARTY AND ACOUSTIC SHOW

Come celebrate the invention of the record with a few drinks of booze and some sweet acoustic tunes from these dudes:

Devon Kay (Devon Kay & the Solutions/Direct Hit!)
Mike Petruccelli (Dead End Days)
Luis Carrassco (Huff!)
Marc Ruvolo (Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush/Kix)

All ages, BYOB

Thursday, April 18th | 7:00pm
GABRIEL BOYER, JOHN WILMES, AND LESLEY DIXON READ
Boyer, Wilmes, and Dixon will each be spending twenty minutes reading their particular brand of horticulturally-challenged English. The evening will begin with Dixon slathering sci-fi on the brainstem of all who dare attend, followed by Wilmes' incongruous whispers, and ending with Boyer reading from his aptly-titled opus, "A Survey of My Failures This Far."


All ages, BYOB.

Friday, March 15th | 7:15pm
ACOUSTIC SHOW – MUSICAL POETS

Brother Moose
Ric Unger
Gabe Liebowitz
Tyler Bagwell

All ages, BYOB.

Monday, March 11th | 7:00pm
DAVID BRIN
Hugo Award-winning and NYT bestselling author of "The Postman," "Startide Rising," and The Uplift Universe reads from his new novel "Existence."

All ages, BYOB.

Sunday, October 28th | 7:00pm
THE CREEPING SHUDDER: A HORROR READING
Just in time for Halloween, four Chicago writers read their scariest short fiction!! Free reading, free treats, all ages welcome, BYOB...

Featuring:
Cynthia (cina) Pelayo (Burial Day Books)
Jordan Scrivner
Miranda Steffens
Marc Ruvolo (Bucket O' Blood Books)

Thursday, Spetember 6th | 7:00pm
SENORITA WEINER'S TOP SECRET HUMOR EXPERIMENT AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL CLUB
Poopydick Productions in Association with the Good Guy Network is pleased to bring back Senorita Weiner's Top Secret Humor Experiment and Ice Cream Social Club at Bucket O' Blood. FREE Ice Cream to all members, which includes assorted flavors, whipped cream, and toppings.

Whacky Comedy Stylings from:
Kris "The Saint" Simmons
Bob "Beers and Puss" Palos
Ray "Holla at your boy, oh boy" Holleb
Joe "Cameron Gillette" McAdam
Cameron "Joe McAdam" Gillette
Mike "Bee Beard" Wiley
(possibly) Linda "my vaginaaaaa"

Hosted by: Junior Stopka

Thursday, August 23nd | 7:00pm
STORIES: A READING
with A D JAMESON
MARC RUVOLO
and DAVEY HOULE

Thursday, August 2nd | 7:00pm
JUSTIN BENZEL – THE 5TH DIMENSION
An exhibition / party featuring images from JUSTIN BENZEL's new series "The 5th Dimension." This surreal series is inspired by classic science-fiction, horror, and film noir, where each image tells a different story involving the odd and unusual.

Thursday, July 19th | 7:00pm
FUNNIER THAN FICTION: STORYTIME with CHRISTIAN BERNAL
A night of the ancient art of storytelling through the eyes of some of Chicagos funniest comics.

Thursday, June 28th | 7:00pm
BEARDED WOMEN: STORIES
a reading by TERESA MILBRODT
Bearded Women: Stories invites you to enter the sideshow, a gathering of four-eared ladies, women with parasitic twins, cyclops girls, and women who spontaneously combust. Join us for an evening with the "freaks"—they're mothers, wives, and lovers, all of them trying negotiate a world that is quicker to stare than sympathize.

Saturday, June 9th | 3:00pm
BUCKET O' BLOOD TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
and FREE CHILI TASTING!!!
presented by GAR BRANDT'S CHILI SHACK
with acoustic performances by CHRIS GOTLEIB (WIDE ANGLES)
and THE FUR COATS

Sunday, May 27th | 6:00pm
SOVRONCOURT
JOHN COUGAR MILLERTIME SPACECAMP

Thursday, May 10th | 7:00pm
BOOK READING/SIGNING
ISAAC ADAMSON will be reading from and signing his new novel, COMPLICATION, a twisted, mind-bending contemporary thrill ride set in the dark heart of Europe, a place where old ghosts and ancient legends still walk the streets.

Thursday, April 12th | 7:00pm
FREE SHOW
with AL SCORCH and SAINTSENECA

*All ages | BYOB!*

Saturday, April 21th | 3:00pm
RECORD STORE DAY!!!
featuring a special performance by ANNIE STRONG of THIS IS MY FIST

Saturday, March 24th | 7:00pm
FUNNIER THAN FICTION: STORYTIME with CHRISTIAN BERNAL

All comedians ended up that way for a reason. There's a story to that:
Join us for a night of storytelling – and maybe a bit of comedy, too – as comics BILL CRUZ, MO NA, JASON DOCKINS, and host CHRISTIAN BERNAL share a bit about themselves . . . and you get to play therapist.

*All ages | BYOB!*

Saturday, March 31st | 7:00pm
I TAKE PHOTOS OF PUNK ROCK BANDS with PATRICK HOUDEK

You've seen him taking photos at punk rock shows around Chicago, now come see the prints!

PHOTOS ON DISPLAY:
The Alkaline Trio, The Arrivals, Aspic Tines, Brickfight, The Brokedowns, Business Papers, The Copyrights, Dead Steel Mill, Dethwarrant, The Dickies, Explode & Make Up, Fireside Bowl, House That Gloria Vanderbilt, The Lost Cross House, The Menzingers, Municipal Waste, Naked Raygun, No Empathy, NOFX, Pegboy, Rights of the Accused, Ronny's, Sass Dragons, Screeching Weasel, The Squad, Staring Problem, Steve Ignorant's Last Supper, Tesco Vee's Hate Police, Traitors, Vacation Bible School, White Flag + more!

LIVE MUSIC BY:
Dethwarrant
The Fur Coats

And when this is over you can head over to Township for the Underground Communique Records Anniversary Party!

P.S. – You can check out a bunch of Patrick's band photos here.

Saturday, January 28th | 7:00pm
FUNNIER THAN FICTION: STORYTIME with CHRISTIAN BERNAL
A night of the ancient art of storytelling through the eyes of some of Chicagos funniest comics.
Hosted by CHRISTIAN BERNAL, the night will bring ANDREW HALTER, MEGAN GAILEY, and the infamous DAVE ODD to share a personal slice of the delicious thing we all call life.

*All ages | BYOB!*

Thursday, November 17th | 7:30pm
BOOK PARTY and READING
for WINDY CITY QUEER: LGBTQ DISPATCHES FROM THE THIRD COAST
LGBTQ writing from Chicago that features a compelling mix of poetry, memoir, fiction, and essays

*All ages | BYOB!*

Friday, October 28th | 7:00pm
DUAL RELEASE PARTY/READING
for THE PUMPKIN MAN, the new novel from JOHN EVERSON
and
THE GOTHIC BLUE BOOK, a collection of gothic short stories and poems
*All ages | BYOB!*

Sunday, October 30th | 5:00pm
ZOMBIES!!!
MATT MOGK, author of the new book,
EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ZOMBIES will be signing and reading.
plus
An acoustic set from MARC RUVOLO (THE FUR COATS, JOHANN'S FACE RECORDS)
and
FREE TREATS!!

Thursday, November 3rd | 7:30pm
BOOK PARTY
for ANN STERZINGER and her novel NVSQVAM [Nowhere]

Thursday, September 8th | 7:30pm
HORROR READING/SIGNING
with MARTIN MUNDT
BILL BREEDLOVE

Saturday, September 10th | 7:30pm
LIL DAVE MERRIMAN (from THE ARRIVALS/solo acoustic)
BRIAN JOHN APPLEBY (Seattle)

THE DITCHES (members of SWEET COBRA and CANADIAN RIFLE)

Saturday, July 30th | 6:00–8:00pm
PUNK ROCK POT LUCK
with special performances by:
NICK WOODS of DIRECT HIT!
DEVON KAY of DEVON KAY & THE SOLUTIONS

**BRING FOOD!**

Campy will be attempting to grill outside. We say attempting, because the cops might stop him. We're not sure how they feel about sidewalk BBQ's. If you have anything you'd like him to throw on the grill, bring it with. be sure to bring enough to share - everyone else will be.

All guests will be given a chance to snag TWO incredible releases before the general masses of Chicago are given a chance to get their grubby little hands on them!

Saturday, August 3rd | 3:00pm
MICHAEL MORECI signs his graphic novel QUARANTINED.

Michael Moreci's creator-owned series, Hoax Hunters, is currently published monthly with Image Comics (backing up Hack/Slash). His debut graphic novel, Quarantined, was recently released with Markosia. Reincar(Nate), his forthcoming limited series, will be published with Viper Comics in the fall.

Here's a general description of Quarantined (which is what I'll have on hand, mainly, for the signing): In a small town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a virus turns nearly every resident into a vicious killing machine. A group of uninfected is trapped within the town, abandoned with dwindling resources. These survivors must fight against the infected, as well as the paranoia growing between them. Sparked by a mysterious stranger, the survivors dig into the town's secrets as they hatch their escape—yet none of them are prepared for what they discover.

Thursday, July 7th | 7:30pm
THE SOCIETY OF YOUNG SUPERHEROES present music by
ZACHARY WEISS
BUTTERSCOTCH, ON THE ROCKS
THE PEOPLE MOVERS
MICHAEL GUIDO AND FRIENDS

THE SOCIETY OF YOUNG SUPERHEROES is an organization that exists to challenge the current superhero culture in Chicago. In a city where heroes are relegated to bureaucratic paper-pushing and crimes are solved by non-masked, non-super cops, the SYS is an order of crime-fighters who walk the streets instead of the office halls. Join us in our attempt to revive what it means to be a true "hero"! Follow us on Facebook.

POWERLESS: Issues 1-3, is an episodic comic book play about superheroes in Chicago written by Mitch Salm and David M. Brent and directed by Jack Tamburri. It focuses on a group of young heroes in Chicago who are attempting to develop and understand their powers in a world that has relegated superheroes to institutional control. These days, crimes are solved by cops, not masked individuals in capes. The Society of Young Superheroes will present POWERLESS: Issues 1 - 3 in partnership with Voice of the City (3429 W. Diversey, Logan Square) from July 29 - August 20th.

Thursday, June 30th | 7:30pm
AUTHOR AND FILMMAKER DANIEL KRAUS
Reading from and signing his new horror novel, ROTTERS

"A strongly written tale of adolescence, grave robbing, and the mysteries of death, ROTTERS is uncompromising, dark, and true."
– GUILLERMO DEL TORO, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, The Strain
& CHUCK HOGAN, The Town, The Strain

"This is an unforgettable book. An unforgettable character. And an adventure that leads to unforgettable horror. I loved it."
– R.L. STINE

Thursday, June 23rd | 7:30pm
ACOUSTIC SETS from
AL SCORCH
and DAVID DONDERO

Tuesday, June 21st | 7:30pm
LOGAN SQUARE LITERARY REVIEW
Contributor Reading Series

Friday, June 3rd | 7:30pm
BUCKET O' BLOOD ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!
ACOUSTIC SETS from
DEVON KAY
MIKE PETRUCCELLI
and PATRICK JAICOMO

Saturday, June 4th | 3:00pm
BUCKET O' BLOOD ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!
with PAUL CAPORINO (from M.O.T.O)
THE FUR COATS

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday June 3rd–5th | All Day
BUCKET O' BLOOD ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!
SCIFI/FANTASY/HORROR/AWESOME Book Clearance Sale!!!
$1 paperbacks and $2 hardcovers (on select items)

Saturday, May 7th | 7:30pm
LIL DAVE MERRIMAN (from The Arrivals)
THE FUR COATS (Marc and Davey from Das Kapital and The Atari Star
and Devon Kay from Devon Kay & the Solutions)
Free show and BYOB!!

Thursday, March 24th | 7:30pm
PROBLEMS THAT FIX THEMSELVES (two noise makers from MI looking to make friends and get acquainted with Chicago
and MITCH MEAD (great folk singer/songwriter from Chicago)
Free show and BYOB!!

Wednesday, March 30th | 7:30pm
AL SCORCH TOUR SEND-OFF PARTY!!!
AL SCORCH plays new and old tunes for you!!

Thursday, March 10th | 7:30pm
ACOUSTICAGANZA with
ANGEL KATZ
AIMEE LAINE BUENO
KILLER TREE INC.
LUIS CARRASCO

Friday, February 25th | 7:30pm
BUCKET O' BLOOD SPECULATIVE FICTION READING SERIES featuring
CYNTHIA PELAYO (reading her short horror fiction)
MICHAEL WILLIAMS (reading from his new fantasy realism novel, “TRAJAN’S ARCH”)
MARC RUVOLO (reading his short fiction)

Thursday, February 10th | 7:30pm
A ROUND ROBIN-STYLE ACOUSTIC SHOW with
MACGYVER VS. MATLOCK
STEVEN GILPIN
DAN WALLACH
All ages!!

Thursday, February 3rd | 7:30pm
BASTARDGEIST

WILD
All ages!!

Friday, January 28th | 7:30pm
DEVON KAY & THE SOLUTIONS
THE PLEASE & THANK YOUS
All ages!!!

Friday, January 7th | 7:00—9:00pm
Best-selling Dragonlance author MICHAEL WILLIAMS
will be signing copies of his new fantasy realism novel, “TRAJAN’S ARCH

Gabriel Rackett stands at the threshold of middle age. He lives north of Chicago and teaches at a small community college. He has written one novel and has no prospects of writing another; his powers stagnated by drink and loss. Into his possession comes a manuscript, written by a childhood friend and neighbor, which ignites his memory and takes him back to his mysterious mentor and the ghosts that haunted his own coming-of-age. Now, at the ebb of his resources, Gabriel returns to his old haunts through a series of fantastic stories spilling dangerously off the page – tales that will preoccupy and pursue him back to their dark and secret sources. 

Saturday, December 18th | 7pm
BLOODY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION!!
A reading and signing featuring Bram Stoker Award-winning horror author, JOHN EVERSON
and OWEN KEEHNEN reading from his novel,“Doorway Unto Darkness
With musical accompaniment by Chicago’s BASTARDGEIST 

Saturday, December 4th | 7:30pm
Acoustic sets with Jared Grabb (from No Idea Records band, Scout’s Honor)
and Hazelrah

Friday, November 26th | 8:30pm
BLACK FRIDAY DANCE PARTY with J+J+J!!!
Promoting their new release, “High Voltage Feast”
**Special Black Friday hours: 11am–10pm** 

Wednesday, November 17th | 7:30pm
Acoustic sets with Sean Bonnette (from Andrew Jackson Jihad!!)
and Matt Arbogast (from THE Gunshy!) 

Saturday, October 30th | 9pm
HALLOWEEN ACOUSTIC EXTRAVAGANZA
AL SCORCH and MARC RUVOLO present:
BANJO OF TERROR!! 

Friday, October 29th | 7pm
KRISTIN STEPHANOS
Book party for her new Horror/Thriller novel “Lost Devil’s Throne”

Saturday, October 9th | 7pm
A night of WIZARD ROCK for Harry Potterheads featuring...
Witherwings
Snidget
The Mollywobbles
Dreary Inferi 

Thursday, September 23rd | 7pm
CHRIS CONNELLY (Revolting Cocks/Ministry) reads from his new novel “Ed Royal”
Complimentary refreshments courtesy of THREE FLOYDS BREWERY