Pitchfork Music Festival, hosting its 15th anniversary festival this summer from July 17-July 19 in Chicago’s Union Park, has announced its 2020 lineup featuring headliners Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Run The Jewels, and The National. Additional acts include Kim Gordon, Twin Peaks, Danny Brown, Thundercat, Cat Power, Angel Olsen, The Fiery Furnaces (playing their first show in 10 years), Deafheaven, Waxahatchee, Sharon Van Etten, Big Thief, and more. Leading up to festival weekend, there will also be a week of special anniversary events commemorating 15 years of the Pitchfork Music Festival and the city of Chicago (further details TBA.) Pitchfork Music Festival tickets are currently on sale for $185 for a 3-day pass and $75 for a single-day pass.
It is safe to say that a concert was outstanding if any band member goes out into a sold-out audience to crowd-surf after their encore. And that is exactly what James Bagshaw, lead guitarist and vocalist from Temples, did to close out a supercharged evening at Lincoln Hall on Friday, January 31. Temples came to Chicago ready to rock. And did they ever.
“Let’s have a party, Chicago!” From the moment people trickled into House of Vans on Friday, January 24, Chaz Bundick (a.k.a. Tori y Moi) greeted fans with a smile and his ever-charismatic stage presence. Not just any concert, the skate warehouse was transformed into an all-sensory audio and visual experience brought to the next level through eye-filling and ear-pleasing variations of classic house, French touch, disco, techno, and live liquid artwork.
The City of Chicago has announced plans to designate 2020 as the “Year of Chicago Music.” This citywide, yearlong initiative focusing on music is one of the first of its kind in the United States. Preliminary plans include grants to the local music industry, including support for live music on the South and West Sides, and a 17-day celebration of music starting Memorial Day weekend across Chicago including the Chicago House Music Festival, the Chicago Gospel Music Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival and free and ticketed performances at venues across the city. The campaign will also include support for neighborhoods and venues as well as pop-up performances in vacant, underutilized and nontraditional spaces on the South and West Sides in addition to permanent venue space development programs. The initiative will also feature a promotional marketing campaign focusing on music as well as professional support for musicians, including career development opportunities and a Chicago Musicians Roster. Additional details will be announced in early 2020. PHOTO COURTESY CITY OF CHICAGO