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CHIRP Radio kicks off the new year with the latest edition of the award-winning live music and lit series The First Time. Readers share their personal stories, paired with a music selection from the house band The First Time Four. Join us for this quarterly series (21+) on January 10th at 8:00pm at Martyrs' (3855 N. Lincoln Ave.) when we present First Time: First Strike!
CHIRP celebrates the Third Anniversary of the spoken word and music series First Time with First Time: First Crime on Wednesday, April 17th at a new location, UP Comedy Club, part of Second City.
This special edition will feature Kelly Hogan, JC Brooks, Dmitry Samarov, Joe O'Sullivan, William Shunn, Melissa Pierce and CHIRP Radio's own Tony Breed.
The First Time Series is a unique hybrid of the best of both worlds. Writers read their original writing and are followed by The First Time Three (Steve Frisbie, Liam Davis and Gerald Dowd ) performing a song selected by the writer in a stripped-down setting. Previous musical selections have included songs by the Misfits, Nas, Sinead O'Connor, Huey Lewis and the News, Prince, Van Morrison and countless other artists spanning all eras and genres.
Tickets are only $10 each and all proceeds benefit the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP). Tickets can be ordered online in advance AT NO ADDITIONAL COST at www.upcomedyclub.com.
The show is all ages with doors opening at 7 pm and showtime at 8 pm. UP Comedy Club is located on the 3rd floor of 230 W. North Avenue, Chicago. DO NOT MISS THIS VERY SPECIAL EVENT! For more information, visit http://chirpradio.org/events or www.upcomedyclub.com.
The First Time Reading Series to benefit CHIRP Radio returns Wednesday, October 10, at 8pm. Readers will write original pieces around a “first time” theme, pick a song to accompany their piece, and then The First Time Three plays their song live, in a stripped-down, acoustic setting.
Next Wednesday’s theme is “First Breakup,” and the The First Time Three (former members of Frisbie) are always down to cover whatever the reader chooses, from whatever genre.
CHIRP Radio’s Andy Weber is among the featured readers, as well as Kevin Robinson from Chicagoist, Holly McDowell, Improviser and writer Kelsey Kinney, singer/songwriter Dan Phillips, and Jenn Kloc. The cover for this 21-and-over show is $10, and the proceeds benefit CHIRP Radio. We’ll see you at the Beat Kitchen, on 2100 W. Belmont Ave!