To arrange a reunion show as massive as this, Leslie Jankowski had to start finagling her rock 'n' roll friends a full year in advance. So last January, around her 29th birthday, the musician began pleading with her buddies to get their old bands back together for one last go-round. Jankowski got her wish. Carabar will host long-dormant Columbus rockers Audion, Mortimur and Go Evol Shiki! at her birthday party this Friday.

To arrange a reunion show as massive as this, Leslie Jankowski had to start finagling her rock 'n' roll friends a full year in advance. So last January, around her 29th birthday, the musician began pleading with her buddies to get their old bands back together for one last go-round.

Jankowski got her wish. Carabar will host long-dormant Columbus rockers Audion, Mortimur and Go Evol Shiki! at her birthday party this Friday.

For Jankowski, it will be a portal back to the early '00s, when her band Frostiva often shared the stage with each of Friday's featured bands and forged a camaraderie that continues to this day.

The reunion offers a return of old sounds and lineups, but many of the faces have remained the same, reshuffled into bands like Church of the Red Museum, Moon High, Deerhead and Brainbow. So Friday's birthday party/reunion show is not so much a chance to see old friends as an opportunity for the bands to go out with a bang, not a whimper.

"A lot of those bands didn't really have closure," Jankowski said. "It wasn't like a big, huge deal when they quit. It was like they went their separate ways."

Now they'll get a proper sendoff, which is great news for punk freaks Go Evol Shiki!, one of the bands Jankowski's husband Bil played in before the couple teamed up in Church of the Red Museum.

"I had been looking for an opportunity to cobble together a discography, and this gave me that chance," Shiki frontman Tom Butler said.

Butler, who hosts CD101's weeknight blocks and Independent Playground and plays guitar in Church of the Red Museum, always regretted that his old band never released an album. So at the reunion show he'll be selling 50 hand-packaged CD-Rs with about 20 Shiki songs, available for one night only.

The recordings were mostly produced by David Fowler, whose post-punk duo Audion is also playing Friday. Fowler's recent work in soft, melodic bands like Moon High and Heavy Mole is a stark contrast to the aggressive, Les Savy Fav-style sounds he'll revive Friday night.

Instrumental rockers Mortimur, many of whom now play in Brainbow, will saddle up too. They were eager to respond to Jankowski's birthday request.

"We would do anything for Miss Jankowski," Mortimur's Bobby Silver wrote in a text message. "Come Friday we will be playing with our whole hearts. We are happy to be playing together again."

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