By ERIC SCHELKOPF
Before The White Stripes was even a glimmer in the eye of Jack White, there was Dex Romweber and his band the Flat Duo Jets.
That band pioneered the guitar/drums duo format, with White citing Romweber as a big influence in forming The White Stripes.
Romweber, with his sister Sara on drums, now comprise the Dex Romweber Duo, which recently released the album "Is That You In The Blue?" on Chicago-based Bloodshot Records, www.bloodshotrecords.com.
The record kicks off in blindingly fast fashion with "Jungle Drums," and the fun doesn't stop there.
Romweber does more with less, whether he is contemplating in dark, haunting fashion about a broken romance on the song "The Death of Me," or blasting through the rockabilly-influenced "Homicide."
The Dex Romweber Duo will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the Glenwood Ave. Arts Fest in Rogers Park in Chicago.
The group will play on the Glenwood North Stage, and more information is available at www.glenwoodave.org.