Veteran DJ Vince Adams and nonagenarian bluesman Jimmy Johnson both took to livestreaming during the pandemic.
New projects kept coming from A Flor de Piel, the Los Sundowns, Lester Rey, Gabacho, ÉSSO, and others.
Saxophonist Dave Rempis and drummer Tyler Damon played regular concerts in Margate Park this past summer and fall.
Between the All-Star Weekend’s Big Jam and the Summer Jam, the pandemic arrived to shut down arena concerts.
Warm Violet has raised more than $10,000 so far, mostly from Chicagoans, which speaks to grassroots support for its cause and for local music.
Ric Wilson’s single arrived in the midst of this summer’s protests but carried the knowledge of uncounted protests that came before.
Chicago underground rock stayed great through a terrible year, and Born Yesterday released some of the best.
The Whistler Runner-Up Sleeping Village Finalists: Chicago Magic Lounge, Gman Tavern
What About Chicago? Runner-Up Car con Carne Finalist: AudPod
Alice’s Runner-Up Lincoln Karaoke Finalists: Hidden Cove, Edelweiss Tavern
Red Scare Industries Runner-Up Sooper Records Finalists: International Anthem, Hausu Mountain
Uptown Recording Runner-Up Electrical Audio Finalists: Soundscape Studios, Jamdek
Sincere Engineer Runner-Up Resavoir Finalist: Flesh Vortex
Party Noire Runner-Up Small World Collective Finalist: Kristen Kaza
SPACE Runner-Up Fitzgerald’s Finalists: Brauer House, Wire