Musicians to perform at Rob Warmowski Memorial to benefit homeless
October 4, 2019

More than 40 Chicago punk, prog, noise, rock, and surf musicians, including current and former members of PiL, Naked Raygun, and Local H, will perform at a benefit concert to raise money for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless in honor of the late Rob Warmowski, a fixture on the local music scene since forming surf punk band The Defoliants in 1984. Musician and audio engineer Steve Albini will serve as emcee for the evening. Pegboy, Cheer-Accident, ONO, Silver Abuse, Watchmen, 007, and Dummy will perform, along with Warmowski’s own bands, The Defoliants, Buzzmuscle, SIRS, and San Andreas Fault. The concert will take place at Metro, 3730 N Clark Street, Chicago, on Monday, Oct. 21, 5-to-10 p.m. Suggested donation is $20.

The evening will feature a DJ set by Scary Lady Sarah, and a performance by the Mather High School Jazz Band from Warmowski’s alma mater. Also performing will be special guests Martin Atkins of PiL and Pigface, Eric Spicer of Naked Raygun, and Scott Lucas of Local H and The Married Men. Metro owner Joe Shanahan is providing use of the music hall.

Rob Warmowski died at age 52 on Sept. 1, 2019, after a short illness. After breaking onto the Chicago 1980s punk rock scene with his band The Defoliants, he went on to form several other music projects over the last four decades. His most recent was the surf-noir outfit San Andreas Fault.

Warmowski’s widow, Maureen Sullivan, planned the memorial to celebrate her husband’s life and work, while raising money for a cause he cared deeply about. A sound technician who worked at the Chicago Cultural Center, Warmowski saw the enormity of Chicago’s homelessness crisis as he walked through downtown. He would often stop to talk with the unhoused people he met, helping them with cash, food, and other assistance.

A Chicago native who grew up in Rogers Park, Warmowski lived for 28 years in Bridgeport, the community where his wife Maureen was born and raised. In addition to his musical legacy, Warmowski wrote frequently about sports and labor issues, running the popular twitter accounts @whitesoxski and @ScabbyTheRat.

The Rob Warmowski Memorial: A Benefit for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is an all ages, donation-based event with a cash bar. Suggested donation $20. All proceeds go to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. For more information and updates, visit