When COVID-19 swept the country, music venues were among the first to shutter, throwing tens of thousands of live entertainment professionals out of work and sidelining artists who depend on touring income. The National Independent Venue Association formed in April 2020 and currently represents more than 3,000 performance halls, promoters, and festivals; it’s done much […]
Led by Jon Langford of the Mekons and the Waco Brothers, Chicago alt-country band the Pine Valley Cosmonauts have covered plenty of ground in their quarter century or so of existence: they’ve made tribute albums for icons such as Bob Wills and Johnny Cash, spearheaded a series of death-themed covers compilations called The Executioner’s Last […]
Last July, local arts and music nonprofit Quiet Pterodactyl put together a sprawling compilation called Situation Chicago to support local music venues struggling during the pandemic. Almost a year later, with another few hundred thousand Americans dead and live music as we once knew it still mostly impossible, the organization has put together a sequel—this […]
COVID relief grants are taking their time arriving, but the compilation Situation Chicago 2 benefits CIVL’s SAVE Emergency Relief Fund right now.
This week’s featured gig poster was created for a CIVL and Skateistan benefit by Chicago designer Emily Burlew (also of the band Late Nite Laundry).
Elastic Arts ramps up its programming, CIVL opens grant applications for its SAVE Emergency Relief Fund, and more.
With federal aid to venues only now arriving, how are tour managers, stagehands, bookers, and their colleagues in the concert business making ends meet?
A new two-disc compilation from Angry Peasants hopes to help “save CIVL-zation.”
Hideout talent buyer Sullivan Davis steps down, and CIVL launches a virtual concert series to push a new benefit fund.
This week’s featured gig poster was designed by the folks at Experimental Sound Studio.
For Independent Venue Week, the Reader has rounded up some favorite stories about Chicago music venues past and present.
This week features an outdoor group exhibition of posters curated by Someoddpilot and Public Works.
“Our city is just exploding with creativity and music and art, and all of these truly irreplaceable spaces are in danger of closing.”
This week’s featured gig poster was created by local writer and designer Brian Shamie.
Staff from 22 Chicago music venues talk about how far they still are from normal—and what it’ll take to keep them around till we all get there.