Summer Festivals: Sonar Chicago 2010


If you are in Chicago the weekend of September 9-11th, we highly recommend checking out Sónar Chicago, held at the Chicago Cultural Center and Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

After the excellent experience in 2009, when two events were held in New York and Washington, Sónar returns to the United States, this time to present a three-day festival in Chicago, created especially for the occasion, which aims to be a regular event. The objective is to take the philosophy of the Barcelona festival to the North American city, with a festival that includes all the features that have made Sónar an international touchstone: a top level musical and audiovisual line-up, a significant experimental aspect in a major urban setting and in unusual spaces of the highest calibre, and in this case the Jay Pritzker Pavilion - designed by Frank Ghery - in the popular Millennium Park and the famous Chicago Cultural Center.

Since 2002, Sónar has staged 24 events all over world with different formats, in cities including Tokyo, New York, London, Buenos Aires, Seoul, Washington, Lisbon, Hamburg, Rome, Sao Paulo and Lyon. Chicago will be no different and aim for the same goals as previous events, to bring the most advanced audiovisual line-up to a city thriving in art.

Details of the complete line-up and the performance times and days of each of the artistic projects in Sónar Chicago are listed on All the shows and activities at the festival are FREE of charge and open to all, except for the AIMM events, which are subject to a separate payment.

Artists Performing:

The Slew - the scratch-rock project by the wizard on the decks Kid Koala [ mp3 ]
Oval - a key project in 1990s electronica, featuring Germany's Markus Popp, back with a new album [ mp3 ]
Ben Frost - electronic experimentalist
Nosaj Thing Visual Show - the Los Angeles beatmaker with a serious visual impact show [ mp3 ]
Martyn - techno-dubstep
La Chambre des Machines - a Canadian duo that base their show on rudimentary noise machines from the early twentieth century
Lesley Flanigan's Amplifications - a New York artist who constructs her music with hand-made instruments and the sounds created by her own voice
The Flashbulb feat The New Millennium Orchestra - Benn Lee Jordan is an American electronica musician operating under many pseudonyms. Since 1999 his most widely distributed and eclectic music has been released under the name of The Flashbulb
Jimmy Edgar - Detroit-based electronic music artist, signed to Warp Records. Influenced mostly by Jazz, funk, street beat and r&b [ mp3 ]
Bradien - an experimental and tropical pop trio
bRUNA - electronica with heavy emotional charge
Huan - folk, noise and experimentation
Faraón - psychedelia, Krautrock and jazz

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