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Just when you thought White Mystery couldn’t do 4/20 any cooler, we went ahead and produced the first ever weed video game based in Chicago for Dispensary 33! Waldos Forever features a little alien who hops L trains, nabs pizza and dodges rats to make his way to the cannabis emporium. We developed the concept and united with Raft Labs to bring this 8-bit NES style game to life on mobile and desktop. Play now!
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, White Mystery presented 4/20/2020 online with a 420 x 4/20 x 4:20 live virtual stream that featured performances by Fred Armisen of Saturday Night Live, Cadien from Twin Peaks, Shannon Shaw from Shannon & the Clams, Rylan Wilder of Monarchy Over Monday with Neptunes Core, Brian Hurd of Daddy Long Legs, Jason Narducy of Bob Mould, Psalm One, and more super stars. Thousands of folks tuned in worldwide, and you can watch archived footage on YouTube here!
White Mystery rocked Dispensary 33 for thousands of people at Waldo’s Forever Fest in Andersonville. Big Freedia headlined and made the shake stage with authentic New Orleans Bounce Music! It was bonkers.
10 year anniversary…1000th show…9th record release…April 20, 2018 is the date White Mystery concludes it’s decade-long social experiment. For the past ten years, we’ve stayed 100% independent, and duked out the good fight of rocking and rolling worldwide. We will always be White Mystery, though, what happens next is truly…the mystery.
2017 Los Angeles
White Mystery “F.Y.M.S” record release wants to wine you, dine you, and 69 you at the Monty with Jesus Sons and Zig Zags! A good time was had by all in Los Angeles, California.
2016 Grand Rapids
Michigan is an important mitten-shaped state to the White Mystery history and we are thankful for all that attended the OUTTA CONTROL record release party at the Pyramid Scheme!
White Mystery premiered it’s first ever feature-length film, “That Was Awesome” to a sold out audience at the Logan Theatre on April 20, 2015 for the Chicago International Music & Movies Fest. Guests walked the “green carpet” and enjoyed the critically acclaimed psychedelic dark comedy produced and directed by Miss Alex White! See the trailer on VICE.
What better place to spend 4/20 than the Netherlands? White Mystery released “DUBBLE DRAGON” to a packed house at dBs near Amsterdam on April 20, 2014. The gatefold of the double album was even designed by a Dutch artist named KIKI and High Times featured the event.
2013 San Francisco
White Mystery invited 12 of it’s favorite West Coast bands to play the “PSYCHEDELIC MELTDOWN” at Brick & Mortar in the Mission on April 20, 2013 to release the third album, “Telepathic” in San Francisco. Orange Amps, Cutty Sark, and Airheads sponsored the event, and we released a White Mystery coloring book! Click for more.
2012 Brooklyn, New York
Inspired by the Rolling Stones, White Mystery organized a “Rock’n’Roll Circus” with bands, a ventriloquist, acrobats, contortionists, and video projection artists at Big Sky Works in Brooklyn, New York. The show sold out to celebrate the release of “People Power” and a memorable night was had by all— captured by Impose Magazine in these incredible photos here.
Back in 2011, there was an up-and-coming neighborhood called Logan Square, and a old dive called Pancho’s. White Mystery sold out a double header with two concerts in one night on April 20, 2011— an all-ages early show with Loose Dudes and adult show later that night with Rabble Rabble. The Onion donated a quarter page print advertisement to promote the release of White Mystery’s second album, “Blood & Venom.” More info in the original post.
The first ever White Mystery 4/20 event was a hot box at the old Miss Alex White apartment, 2826 W. Dickens. Friends gathered on the street at 4:20pm and were led upstairs for a White Mystery show in the dining room to celebrate the first ever White Mystery album. While the party was small, The Chicago Reader was there!Posted 04.13.20 Permalink to this story
Since April 20, 2008, White Mystery has independently scorched it’s path in the earth, thanks to you! Here are statistics for what the band has accomplished so far, just shy of it’s 10th band anniversary.
Since 2008, White Mystery logged a lot of miles in a Pontiac Vibe. At least it’s fuel efficient! Francis White is responsible for the mileage you see below:
From clubs to auditoriums to outdoor festivals, White Mystery has played it all. See an *almost complete* list of venues in the show archive here!
From Pitchfork, to MTV, the Chicago Tribune, NBC “Last Call with Carson Daly,” the Washington Post, WFMU “Best Show,” WXRT, Rolling Stone, and the FADER, White Mystery appears in quite a bit of press. See the whole publicity archive here!
White Mystery released new music every year on the same day, April 20. Have we broken a Guinness World Record yet? Hear all of these songs, so far, on iTunes.
One of the best parts of being in a band is hearing your music placed on television or on the movie screen. We are grateful to the shows, directors and music supervisors who chose White Mystery as the soundtrack to their films and TV programs!
White Mystery has hand-dyed and stamped thousands of shirts since 2008. Now that’s DIY! We went through the archive and photographed every single one for you in the gallery below. Which do you own in your collection?
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