Recent Posts in venues
November 15, 2013
The Thermals @ Ultra Lounge for a BVC-presented show in Aug. (more by Jeff Ryan)
Logan Square rock and metal bar // venue Ultra Lounge will be closing its doors after tonight, according to Chicagoist. The owner apparently decided not to renew his license so that he can focus on a bar he opened in the suburbs. Tonight's show is The Dead On with The Ladies and Gentlemen and Black Cat Heart Attack.
We had a lot of fun throwing a trio of unofficial Lollapalooza aftershows at the venue this year----with headliners Weedeater, The Thermals, and Russian Circles----and will miss the space. Hopefully someone takes over the spot with a new bar // venue.
August 27, 2013
Earlier this summer, Empty Bottle owner Bruce Finkelman closed a deal on Pilsen's historic Thalia Hall, a four-story giant located near the 18th Street Pink Line stop. Thalia, opened by John Dusek in 1892, originally served as a public house. So far, Finkelman and co. have split the large space into two distinct parts: a tavern called Dusek's and a separate basement bar dubbed the Punch House. Thalia's theatre will eventually host live music, and new businesses will be moving into its retail spaces. Modern Cooperative, a vintage furniture shop, and Belli's, a health food store // juice bar, are the first two confirmed shops. Punch House and Dusek's are slated to open their doors on September 17.
Stay tuned for more information.
August 16, 2013
Logan Square bar/venue The Burlington will be celebrating their 6th anniversary with a big party next Saturday (8/24). The stacked music lineup for their anniversary event includes Bloodiest, Pink Avalanche, Tight Phantomz, Lasers and Fast and Shit, Mannequin Men, and many more. In addition to live music, the party boasts special guest DJ sets, giveaways, delicious food from the Honky Tonk BBQ Food Truck, and some free drinks throughout the day. Doors open at 1PM for the all-day event and music begins at 2PM.
The full music lineup for The Burlington's 6th and some song streams are below...
August 14, 2013
Danzig @ Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Danzig's 25th anniversary tour was slated to roll into Chicago for a show at The Congress Theater on August 16. That show has now been canceled, due to "ongoing renovations" at the venue, and he's been added to Friday (9/13) of the incredibly awesome Riot Fest Chicago. Tickets for the Congress show will be refunded at point of purchase and Riot Fest passes are still available.
All known Danzig dates are listed below...
August 9, 2013
The Empty Bottle have announced that they'll be throwing a Friendly Family Block Party on September 1. The music lineup includes Yakuza, Rabble Rabble, Circles, Pet Lions, and more, all of which feature an Empty Bottle staff member. In addition to live music, the party boasts a face painter, dunk tank(!), games, delicious treats by Chef Dave Cooper (Bite Cafe), and drinks from Revolution Brewing. Gates open at noon and music begins at 1PM. The block party will be located just outside the venue's front door on Cortez St. (between Western Ave. and the alley) and there is a $5 suggested donation.
The full block party music lineup and some song streams are below...
July 27, 2013
Art adorning the walls of Swerp Mansion (more by Zach Pollack)
Chicago DIY staple Swerp Mansion, which is also home to Swerp Records, will no longer be having shows due to recent issues with the police. Though we unfortunately don't have coverage of many Swerp shows, I've personally seen a handful of great ones there, including Hop Along in 2012 and Greys in April. Unlike many other DIY spots, Swerp was always a dry venue/all-ages. It's definitely a bummer.
The third-annual Gnarfest was set to take place at Swerp Mansion on August 3. Gnarfest IS still happening, but the search for a new location is ongoing. Check out a brief Facebook post from Swerp booking expert Dave Collis:
As some of you may or may not know, Swerp Mansion is no longer having shows due to recent cop problems. Don't worry, for Gnarfest is DEFINITELY still happening. Jeremy and I have been working out leads/discussions with various venues to solidify a new location. If you would like to help out, purchasing a wristband at http://gnarfestchi.storenvy.com/ will help secure funds for the bands/venue.You heard the guy, grab a Gnarfest wristband! Stay tuned for more information.
thanks for the support and everything!
July 25, 2013
Concord Music Hall -- Stage
Local independent promotors Riot Fest, React Presents, and Silver Wrapper have joined forces for a new venture -- Concord Music Hall. The Concord, located at 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the Bucktown-Logan Square area, has a capacity of 1,600-persons and is poised to compete with the nearby Congress Theater (a venue which all three companies have thrown many shows at). It'll open next Thursday (8/1) with a performance by Adam Ant; tickets are on sale now.
They've also got an initial schedule of events going, with rock, electronic, and hip-hop offerings. AlunaGeorge (live), Passion Pit (DJs), and Capital Cities (DJs) will play the venue on August 30, There will be Riot Fest afterparties, Jimmy Cliff on September 20, Jason Isbell on October 26, and more. Ticketing information is forthcoming, as is The Concord's website (as you can see from the photo above). You might never have to go to The Congress again; doesn't that sound great!?!
UPDATE: Their website is now live, and tickets for all shows are on sale now. Gogol Bordello's August 17 performance at Congress Theater has also been moved to The Concord.
Stay tuned for more information on the Concord.
July 18, 2013
Third Man Rolling Record Store in Wicker Park, August '12 (more by Milos Markicevic)
Much like they did during Lollapalooza 2012, the Third Man Rolling Record Store will be parked outside of Reckless Records in Wicker Park this weekend. They'll be there from 10AM - 5PM this Friday (7/19) and Saturday (7/20), so you'll still have time to stop by the mobile store even if you're planning on heading to all three-days of the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival. Don't count on Jack White for a surprise in-store this time around though...
July 2, 2013
by Zach Pollack
The Evens at Logan Hardware on 7.01.2013
On Monday night (7/1), The Evens (aka Ian MacKaye & Amy Farina) came through Chicago on their brief summer U.S. tour for a special performance at Logan Hardware. The record store // vintage arcade museum, who are about to move 0.2-miles down the road to new home 2532 W. Fullerton Ave., hosted the extremely packed show in their large back room. MacKaye has strong ties to the building, as it once served as the warehouse for former Dischord distributors Southern Records, and the show served as a proper sendoff for the space.
The pair rifled through material from their three studio albums during the hour-long set, beginning with "Shelter Two" from 2005's The Evens. All in attendance - I'd say roughly 200-people fit in there, if that - helped to contribute vocals to each tune, especially when MacKaye egged us on. His deep and jangly baritone guitar meshed nicely with Farina's atypical drumming style, while they shared lead vocal duties and cracked the occasional joke. A fair amount of folks brought their young children along, which is pretty kick-ass if you ask me, as those kids will be able to say The Evens at Logan Hardware was one of their first shows. (There was a little guy standing next to me, but he was really too busy rocking out to stand still. It ruled.)
More pictures and some video footage from last night's very special show at Logan Hardware can be found after the jump...
June 5, 2013
Logan Square's Cafe Mustache are looking to expand into a live music venue. They already host shows in the cafe, but are seeking a dedicated space for such endeavors. The storefront adjacent to theirs is about to become available, and they're hoping you're willing to contribute to the expansion via Kickstarter. They've raised $4,242 of their $20,000 goal as of this post, and there are 22-days left to go in the campaign. They're offering some great rewards too, like free coffee for a year. Help them reach their goal // spread the word!