KEXP in Chicago: 5 days in the Windy City

Jose Gonzales at Engine Studios 2007
photo by Susana Mesa

KEXP is once again taking the magic to Chicago July 16 – 20 and braving the infamous heat of the Second City. Did you know that busses and trains in Chicago have air conditioning? You can commute to the KEXP sponsored events in ultimate comfort, a luxurious notion for some of us in Seattle.

Engine StudiosOn Wednesday, July 16, through Friday, July 18th, KEXP DJs John Richards and Cheryl Waters will be at the Engine Studios in the Bucktown neighborhood broadcasting live and showcasing in-studio performances by several Chicago bands. Bucktown might be where a lot of the happening Chicago action is at now, but rumor has it that the area of town got its name in the early 1800’s from the mostly-Polish population’s rampant goat-raising, the male goat being the buck (which, I suppose, could have been the happening action of the early 19th century as well). Fast-forward to today and you have Engine Studios where you can sit in on a live performance by Mahjongg, David Vandervelde, The Watson Twins, The Occidental Brothers, T-Model Ford, and many others by signing up here. You can see the in-studio sessions for free, but space is limited, so you should sign up right now!

Darkroom BarCool off at night on Wednesday, July 16th, at darkroom with KEXP DJs, members, and fellow listeners as KEXP throws a listener appreciation party featuring the Chicago debut of multi-instrumental art-folk collective, Au, and find out exactly why their debut album was proclaimed the “#2 Portland Album of 2007″ by the Portland Mercury. I’d put my money on “Au” being for Astronomical Unit because the group’s lush compositions will launch you far away from our fine planet. Before blast-off, get down with Sleep Out, DJ Johnny Kesh and DJ Mikey Dance Panther.

Pitchform Music Festival 08The weekend of Saturday, July 19th, and Sunday, July 20th, will barrel into action with the Pitchfork Music Festival 08 at Chicago’s Union Park and KEXP will be there broadcasting live, getting you in on the fun. “Oh, just another massive independent music festival,” you say? Actually, no. Pitchfork is going to do its attendees right by keeping ticket prices low, basic necessities available, and aims to provide a fun and relaxing experience for all. So, if you’re in Chicago, break out your best dock shoes and enjoy the great line-up the ‘Fork has put together for you — Public Enemy, Sebadoh, Mission of Burma, Animal Collective, Spiritualized, Spoon, !!!, Les Savy Fav, and many more. Two- and Three-day festival passes have already sold out, but if you don’t dilly dally, you can still get your hands on individual day passes for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you’re not in Chicago, tune into KEXP for our live broadcast and aurally experience the finest festival in the Midwest.

Battles @ Pitchfork Music Festival, July 14, 2007

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