Chicago's music fans are a buzz this month as we welcome our newest concert venue to the scene. Concord Music Hall (2047 N. Milwaukee) took us all by surprise in July by announcing its first show August 1 with a performance by English rocker Adam Ant.
Chicago's west side neighborhoods have undoubtedly been winning the "best music ‘hoods" battle lately, but Congress Theater's constant legal battles have embattled one of the area's most prominent venues. Unfortunately, I don't see the Congress returning to form any time soon, but I'm quite certain that Concord Music Hall is set to fill the void for the Logan Square and Wicker Park areas. And they've already got a great concert lineup to boot.
Three local independent promoters -- React Presents, Silver Wrapper and Riot Fest -- are signed on as the venue's booking agents, promising us a future of concerts that will hopefully reach all corners of the musical landscape. React Presents has a solid hold on electronic dance music in Chicago; Silver Wrapper dabbles in electronic, jam and rock bands and Riot Fest produces punk rock shows year round including its beloved festival by the same name in September.
Concord Music Hall, which will hold 700 to 1,600 people, already has an impressive calendar to date including appearance by Gogol Bordello, Boys Noize, The Misfits, Less Than Jake to name a few. It looks like it'll be the permanent home base for Riot Fest and North Coast Music Festival after shows as well. For a full list of shows already on the books, check the website.
Welcome, Concord Music Hall! We're happy to have ya.
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