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Event Fri Jun 12 2009

I AM Fest Saturday at Congress Theater


Most festivals in Chicago are put on by large-scale production companies such as C3 or Jam productions. These are huge corporations that have the manpower and money to put on massive, successful, wonderful events, yet sometimes balk at the DIY ethics that are a staple in the modern music industry. This weekend the tables will start to turn though, as the Chicago Noise Machine host the massive I AM Fest at the Congress Theater.

The Chicago Noise Machine is a partnership of nine local rock acts, a collective of artist that are collaborating on a series of concerts and compilation albums. Power can be in the numbers, and the Chicago Noise Machine proves just that with their choice to put together I AM Fest. The original nine bands will be playing, and have invited sixteen of their choice local acts to play the festival as well, creating a diverse event of musicians from different backgrounds all having the bond of being local Chicago acts. I AM Fest isn't just about the impressive fourteen hours of music though. It will also feature works by artist, photographers, and filmmakers throughout the Congress, providing a solid day of exposure to new music and art.

The thing that excites me the most about this festival is the aspect of local musicians and artist fusing together to create a group that champions all things local. Banding together to help market and promote, network with other artist, and create work together is crucial for making a local independent scene flourish. The other impressive thing about the festival is the dedication and hard work to put it together and promote the event. I've seen signs all over town, over 60 bars and clubs in the city are advertising the festival, and over 1000 posters were put up. They've had a laundry list of mentions in both print and television, and have been spotlighted on 97.9 Loop and Q101, even partnering up with Q101 and Old Style Beer to host a show last week to promote the festival. It's one thing to throw a party in this town, but it's another thing to have the dedication and drive to really push an event and wholeheartedly work yourself to the bone getting the word out. Chicago Noise Machine and I AM Fest mean business when it comes to promoting local music, art, and culture.

I AM Fest is this weekend, Saturday June 13th, at the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee. The festival is 17+ and doors open at 11am with music starting at 12:30pm. Advance tickets are $15, day of the show tickets are $20. For full band line-up and schedule check out the I AM Fest online.


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Luis Rodriguez / June 12, 2009 3:01 PM

Sounds like a blast. I'll be there.

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Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

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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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