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Event Wed Nov 05 2008

Umbrella Music Festival Starts Tonight

2008-Umbrella-Music-Festival post.jpgThe third annual Umbrella Music Festival begins tonight and continues through the weekend with events at different venues around the city. If you're into jazz, you should definitely check it out. Umbrella Music is a group of jazz musicians who wanted to give the creative music scene more exposure, and give improvisers more opportunities to play together. They have been successful in doing just that with weekly concert series held at Elastic, The Hideout, and The Hungry Brain.

The festival kicks off tonight with their second annual European Jazz Meets Chicago event at the Chicago Cultural Center. They've brought in groups from Austria, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, and Switzerland who get the opportunity to improvise with local jazz musicians. The best part? This first night is FREE to the public. Come out and listen to some music you might not otherwise ever be exposed to and see some acclaimed artists of the Chicago area practicing their craft.

Schedule to follow:

Wednesday, November 5th
European Jazz Meets Chicago
@ The Chicago Cultural Center
6pm: Christian Weber Quartet (Switzerland)
6:45pm: Elisabeth Harnik Group (Austria)
7:30pm: Mikolaj Traska Trio (Poland)
8:15pm: Schlippenbach/Lovens Duo (Germany)
9:00pm: Zu (Italy)
10pm: Braam-De Joode-Vatcher (The Netherlands)

Thursday, November 6th
@ The Velvet Lounge
9pm: Rempis/Kessler/Vatcher
10pm: Josh Berman Quintet
11pm: Alexander Von Schlippenbach Solo

Friday, November 7th
@ Elastic
9pm: Harnik/Bauder/Roebke
10pm: John Tchicai Solo
11pm: Bik-Bent-Braam

Saturday, November 8th
@ The Hideout
9pm: Trzaska/o'Reilly/Weber/Fujiwara
10pm: Tchicai/Drake Duo
11pm: Douglas Ewart And Inventions

Sunday, November 9th
@ The Hungry Brain
9pm: Baker/Williams/Sandstrom/Hunt
10pm: Taylor Ho Bynum Quintet
11pm: John Tchicai Septet

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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