Chicago Artists Month - Front Porch Concerts

By Ayanna Woods

October is Chicago Artists Month: artists of all styles and genres will be featured in parks, alleyways, galleries and concert halls across the city. Here are five music events you won't want to miss. 


Front Porch: An Afternoon of Concerts
Indie Rock, Folk, Soul, Reggae


It might be fall, but outdoor concerts aren't over yet! All afternoon on Oct. 11, a lineup of bands from all over the city will play intimate pop-up concerts from porches around the neighborhood (above). Spend a Sunday afternoon exploring the sights, shops and restaurants of Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, and stop in on these intimate concerts from local bands.

Here's the lineup: Jamie Lono & Noble Heart (soulful indie rock), Moonrise Nation (pop rock), Solomon Suns (soul, R&B, folk), Teds Dancin (indie rock), and The Bank Notes (garage reggae). Read more about the bands, and find out when they're playing here.

Sunday, Oct. 11 from 2-6 p.m.
Starts at "Home" mural at Logan Square Blue Line stop, N. Milwaukee Ave. & N. Kedzie Ave. (Logan Square)


Follow the Patterns: A Three-Thirds Launch Concert and Music Video Screening
Folk & Blues

Chicago Artists Month - Follow the Patterns

Follow the Patterns is the kickoff for an ongoing concert series created by Medicine Bear and the Herbal Remedies, a local folk/blues trio. This wild event will feature live music, music video screening, interpretive dance and live visual art. For each concert in the series, a third of the proceeds will go to charity, a third will go to artists and a third will go to a community concert venue.

Saturday, Oct. 17 from 5-10 p.m.
Humility Gallery (564 W. 18th St., Pilsen)
Donations Requested


Sonido Sólido: Jazz Occurrence 7 with Volcano Radar
Experimental Jazz

Chicago Artists Month - Jazz Occurrence

The four-piece experimental jazz/noise ensemble Volcano Radar joins forces with painter Lewis Achenbach to create a hybrid art form they dub Sonido Solido, or "Solid Sound." In this improvisational experience, Achenbach will paint live, capturing sonic art in solid form. Come before the show to get an up-close look at the process in a conversation with the artists.

Saturday, Oct. 24 7-8:30 p.m.
High Concept Labs, MANA Contemporary (2233 S. Throop St., Little Village)
$10 or free with Student ID


Collaboration in Concert: SOUND

In this mold-breaking event, audience members will get a crash course in art from visual artist Melanie Brown. During the concert that follows, audience members create their own works of art inspired by the sounds around them. Come hear Ursa Ensemble perform a dynamic program of music, and leave with a unique art piece of your very own to remember the concert by.

Friday, Oct. 23 from 6-8 p.m.
DePaul Art Museum (935 W. Fullerton Ave., Lincoln Park)


Global Dance Party
Global Folk, House

Chicago Artists Month - Global Dance Party

Starting this month, the Old Town School of Folk Music will host Friday night concerts in conjunction with a new exhibit, El Trains and Alley Entrances: Navigating Chicago through House Music. Each week will feature a different dance class followed by two hours of live music straight from some of Chicago's most renowned DJs and bands. The accompanying exhibit will have visual art, music and more, illustrating the history of house music in Chicago and its influence on visual art around the world. See the lineup of bands and buy tickets here.

Selected Fridays, October through December, 8 p.m.
Old Town School of Folk Music (4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Old Town)
Tickets $12

You can find a full list of events at the Chicago Artists Month website.


Photos: Front Porch Concerts via Facebook; Follow the Patterns via Medicine Bear and the Herbal Remedies website; Jazz Occurrence No. 7 via; Global Dance Party via Old Town School of Folk Music