2100 W. Belmont, Chicago
Friday, December 14th
Doors @ 8:30pm
Mr. Gnome (headlining)
Soft Speaker (on stage at 9:45pm)
We, the kind-hearted members of Soft Speaker, urge you to set aside a small place in your heart for the underappreciated, hardworking Krampus. Please do join us this Friday at Beat Kitchen to celebrate an unsung holiday hero:
Krampus is the dark companion of St. Nicholas, the traditional European winter gift-bringer who rewards good children each December. The kindly old Saint leaves the task of punishing bad children to a hell-bound counterpart known by many names across the continent — Knecht Ruprecht, Certa, Perchten, Black Peter, Schmutzli, Pelznickel, Klaubauf, and Krampus. Usually seen as a classic devil with horns, cloven hooves and monstrous tongue, but can also be spotted as a sinister gentleman dressed in black or a hairy man-beast. Krampus punishes the naughty children, swatting them with switches and rusty chains before dragging them in baskets to a fiery place below.