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CHIRP RADIO & THE FIRST TIME AT PRINTERS ROW LIT FEST

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Jones College Prep High School
700 S State St
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(773) 534-8600

All Ages


Chicago Tribune is celebrating its 33rd annual Printers Row Lit Fest on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11. The event will be held in the heart of the Historic Printers Row District, in the South Loop. The Printers Row Lit Fest, also known as the Largest Literary Festival in the Midwest, is a free, weekend-long family friendly event that attracts more than 125,000 visitors and offers activities and events from 150+ best-selling authors, entertainers, chefs and musicians for every age and interest. Visit us at Printersrowlitfest.org for tickets, author information and more!

CHIRP Radio’s Storytelling and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago.  It pairs our readers' personal stories about a First Time experience with a song performance. 

On Saturday, June 10th at 4:15 p.m, CHIRP Radio is delighted to produce an ALL STAR version of this series specifically for the Printer’s Row Lit Fest.  Scheduled readers include writer Joe Meno and former drummer for the band Blake Babies and current food blogger, Freda Love Smith and writer Britt Julious.

This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four band.  The band, includes Gerald Dowd, Steve Frisbie, Liam Davis and Scott Stevenson, and has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Ian Hunter, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more.  They take special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers. 

The regular show is a quarterly benefit for CHIRPRadio.org at Martyrs’ on the city’s northside.  Hosted by The Moth champion Jenn Sodini, past readers featured in this quarterly series include Shannon Cason, Bill Ayers, Dan Ponce, Len Kasper, Tony Fitzpatrick, JC Brooks and Ji Suk Yi.  The upcoming First Time show at Martyrs’ is Wednesday, July 12th with the theme First Catch.

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CHIRP Night at the Whistler with Laverne and Anti/Beyond

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Whistler
2421 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-3530

21+


Every fourth Wednesday of the month is CHIRP Night at the Whistler — an evening where you can enjoy the music of CHIRP-curated local artists, the Whistler’s take on classic cocktails, and the good feeling of supporting independent radio.

This June, we're excited to welcome Chicago's own Laverne and Anti/Beyond to the Whistler stage. As usual, there is no cover for this 21 and over event, and it all kicks off around 8:30pm.

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CHIRP Music Book Club - Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

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Transistor
5224 N. Clark
Chicago, IL

Join CHIRP on Thursday, July 13th, for the next installment of our bimonthly book group, covering Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation by Jeff Chang. 

Can't Stop Won't Stop is a powerful cultural and social history of the end of the American century, and a provocative look into the new world that the hip-hop generation created.

Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop became the Esperanto of youth rebellion and a generation-defining movement. In a post-civil rights era defined by deindustrialization and globalization, hip-hop crystallized a multiracial, polycultural generation's worldview, and transformed American politics and culture. But that epic story has never been told with this kind of breadth, insight, and style.

Based on original interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, graffiti writers, activists, and gang members, with unforgettable portraits of many of hip-hop's forebears, founders, and mavericks, including DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, and Ice Cube, Can't Stop Won't Stop chronicles the events, the ideas, the music, and the art that marked the hip-hop generation's rise from the ashes of the 60's into the new millennium.

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