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Venue Fri Jul 26 2013

Concord Music Hall Emerges as Newest Chicago Music Venue

At this time, you may have heard of the immense amount of hoopla concerning the renovations of the Congress Theater, the main music hub of the Logan Square / Wicker Park area. However, there is a new music venue in town as Congress Theater's newest neighbor, emerging to showcase much of the music clientele that would have played at the Congress during this time of updates, with a new and fresh identity arriving with it.

Concord Music Hall, located at 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., was founded by three promoters notable for the advent of dynamic music festivals Riot Fest, North Coast Music Festival and Spring Awakening. Associated with React Presents and Silver Wrapper, the venue is certainly going to book high-caliber acts with a range of musical genres. As the Congress did, the venue is looking to book expansive music ranges, from electronic music, to rock, indie, and hip hop. 20,000 feet of square feet adorns the venue, with capacity set to 1,600 maximum. The name arises from the definition, focusing on agreement between groups, and in this venue's case, genres, as it focuses on variety and balance.

August 17 marks the first official show date for the venue, featuring eccentric punk artist Gogol Bordello (who was indeed originally slated to perform at the Congress). The venue is also anticipated to host frequent festival after shows associated with Riot Fest and North Coast. Other confirmed shows, listed below, include after shows featuring The Disco Biscuits, and stand alone concerts featuring Jimmy Cliff, Boys Noise, and Less Than Jake, spanning a range of genres and sure to fit many different music tastes.

8.1 - Adam Ant
8.17 - Gogol Bordello
8.24 - Boombox
8.30 - North Coast Music Festival: AlunaGeorge (Live), Passion Pit (DJ Set), Capital Cities (DJ Set)
8.31 - NCMF Afters: The Disco Biscuits
9.1 - NCMF Afters: Lotus w/ Future Rock
9.7 - Carnage w/ Special Guests
9.13 - Riot Fest Afters
9.14 - Riot Fest Afters
9.15 - Riot Fest Afters
9.19 - Netsky (DJ Set)
9.20 - Jimmy Cliff
10.18 - Boys Noise
10.19 - Dumpstaphunk
10.20 - The Misfits
10.24 - DJ Bl3nd
10.26 - Jason Isbell
10.31 - Laidback Luke
11.16 - Less Than Jake
11.23 - Figure & Crizzly
12.12 - Lettuce w/ the Nth Power

Concord Music Hall is located at 2047 N. Milwaukee Avenue. It features a range of show age limits, from all ages shows, to 17+, 18+, and 21+. On show days, the venue is open from 8pm-4am Mondays through Fridays and on Sundays, and Saturdays operate from 8pm-5am.

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