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Shawn Campbell writesCHIRP Winds Up as the Summer Festival Season Winds Down

CHIRP’s been out at summer festivals all season, and we’ve loved the chance to talk to the hundreds of you who have dropped by our booths to ask questions and show your support. September is the last big month of fests, and this weekend is packed!

As you celebrate 15 years of Bloodshot Records with this Saturday’s “Beer-B-Q” at the Hideout, featuring Alejandro Escovedo, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, the Waco Brothers, reunions by the Blacks and Moonshine Willy, a drunken spelling bee, and much more, be sure to stop by the CHIRP tent to say hello.

And while you’re in Wicker Park perusing nifty handmade items at the Renegade Craft Fair on Saturday and Sunday, don’t neglect CHIRP booth #2 near the corner of Division and Wolcott.

When you stop by, we’ll be able to give you all the latest information about the launch of our new radio station at CHIRPradio.org later this fall. We also have great new t-shirts and water bottles to get you through this year’s remaining warm weather. The summer festival season may be cooling off, but CHIRP’s future is heating up!

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Categorized: Event Previews

Topics: appearances, concerts

Shawn Campbell writesCHIRP preparing for a fall launch

Well, slowly but surely we get closer and closer to the launch of the web version of our brand new radio station. We embarked on this project just over two years ago with an amazing group of volunteers and a ton of community support, and now we’re almost there!

We spent much of the early summer building the walls of our space at Irving and Rockwell. I don’t mean watching other people build them — I mean framing out the walls, drywalling, painting — all done by CHIRP volunteers! You can check out our construction progress here.

Now that the walls are up, we’re going to be starting to install equipment. Once that’s done, we’ll get all our DJs trained up, and voila! — a brand new station for Chicago will begin. It’s hard for us to pin down the exact date quite yet, but it should be sometime in late October. We’ll have lots of cool launch events that we’d love to have you be a part of.

Thanks for all your help with this long journey — soon, we hope we can repay you with some great radio!

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Categorized: CHIRP Radio News and Info.

Topics: chirpradio

Shawn Campbell writesAnother busy summertime week for CHIRP

We have a busy week ahead of us at CHIRP. Not only are we beginning to work on equipment installation for our studios, but we’ll be out and about all over the place!

On Friday, July 31, CHIRP will be providing the musical accompaniment to the Printer’s Ball, a great celebration of all things print in Chicago. All supporters of the city’s independent literary scene are welcome at the free event, running from 5-11PM at the Luddington Building, 1104 S. Wabash.

On Saturday, August 1, CHIRP is pleased to present The Astronomer, performing a set of new songs and scores to accompany a live reading by acclaimed author Joe Meno (Hairstyles of the Damned, The Boy Detective Fails) in celebration of his long-anticipated new novel “The Great Perhaps”.

Renowned poster artist Jay Ryan and photgrapher Todd Baxter will be projecting visual art based on Meno’s work, making this event a unique multimedia event.

Canasta opens the night with their wide-ranging brand of chamber pop.

The show takes place at the Old Town School, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Showtime is 8PM. Sign up above for CHIRP e-mails for a chance to win tickets to this and other upcoming CHIRP shows!

And finally, the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival runs all weekend in Logan Square – up and down Milwaukee between California and Ridgeway. The weekend features an amazing musical lineup, some of it curated by our good friends at The Whistler, who’ve asked CHIRP to be the official between-set DJs for the fest. We’ll also have a booth where we’ll be offering up all the latest CHIRP swag in preparation for our launch — coming soon!

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Categorized: Event Previews

Topics: concerts

Shawn Campbell writesCHIRP presents The Astronomer and Joe Meno at the Old Town School

On Saturday, August 1, CHIRP is pleased to present The Astronomer, performing a set of new songs and scores to accompany a live reading by acclaimed author Joe Meno (Hairstyles of the Damned, The Boy Detective Fails) in celebration of his long-anticipated new novel “The Great Perhaps”.

Renowned poster artist Jay Ryan and photgrapher Todd Baxter will be projecting visual art based on Meno’s work, making this event a unique multimedia event.

Canasta opens the night with their wide-ranging brand of chamber pop.

The show takes place at the Old Town School, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Showtime is 8PM. Sign up above for CHIRP e-mails for a chance to win tickets to this and other upcoming CHIRP shows!

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Categorized: Event Previews

Topics: concerts

Shawn Campbell writesHave a Cupcake This Week

If you haven’t yet made it over to the Bleeding Heart Bakery, don’t despair. CHIRP remains the recipient for the charity cupcake of the month until the end of July — and the chosen cake is the Veruca Salt, a delicious vanilla cupcake, filled with salted caramel, slathered with
caramel frosting and topped with four salts. Why not head over to 1955 W. Belmont right now and pick one up?

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Categorized: CHIRP Radio News and Info.

Topics: fundraiser

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