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Music Business Fri Mar 12 2010

The Not So Hidden Sonicbids/Chicago Connection

Panos Panay_Founder of Sonicbids_01.jpgMusic is a living organism. It lives, breathes, and is changing constantly. How music is made, found and promoted is part of this life force and is also morphing. The international company Sonicbids is a huge contributing factor in this. Since its incarnation in 2001, Sonicbids has provided pragmatic outcome to an ever changing industry making gigging a reality to many struggling musicians and giving people in the music industry more fresh faces than they could have ever imagined. The company blends business, music and technology giving necessary tools and guidance to both performer and promoter. The company also nurtures what they call "The artistic middle class."The artist in limbo somewhere in between a deal with a record label and busking for spare change. They interact with their worldwide network of members to provide and accept feedback to a global community involved with constantly emerging music.

Sonicbids oval_300dpi.jpgLast week Sonicbids's founder Panos Panay (pictured, above) was in town holding a music networking night at the Double Door. This was also part celebration Sonicbids as is the city's newest resource in finding bands to play major fests, a relationship that in Panos said was "fairly unique to Chicago." The Festivals include Celtic Fest, The Chicago Jazz Festival as well as the epic Taste of Chicago. This is a small part of the unsteady ground known as the future of music. A term that brings discomfort to some, but to Panos,the extreme changes the music industry has experienced in the last fifteen years (with regards to the use of the internet) is exciting. Impressed by how Chicago uses its street, music and food festivals to promote local music, the founder of the world's largest musician/promoter site met Barry Dolins, Deputy Director of The Mayor's Office of Special Events on a panel at music conference in 2003. This was the spark that helped launch this partnership.

In addition to this connection, five Chicago based Sonicbids members are set to play SXSW this month. The bands landed playing the event through the use of the site and although they were selected outside their connection to Sonicbids, it is assumable that site helped them along the road to one the largest and most anticipated music festivals. Stephanie Nilles, Psalm One, Willy Joy, Joe Pug and Light Pollution are set to play. Panos said he was excited about many of the bands, including local bands playing SXSW this year. "It is all about music discovery. A lot of the bands I am going to be hearing about for the rest of the year play at SXSW".

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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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