Posts by Brian Campbell

WNUR is very glad to be sponsoring the first ever occurrence of VIA Festival in Chicago. The music and art festival that began in Pittsburgh will host a series of events at various participating Chicago clubs and venues from Oct. 1st to the 4th. All musical performances will be accompanied by original live video art.

Read more at their website: http://via2014.com/

And be sure to come check out some of Streetbeat’s finest on the 3rd, as they open for Cakes Da Killa and MikeQ: https://www.facebook.com/events/743922465653452/

The Beat Goes On… Streetbeat  and Chicago House at Dittmar

From late June through July 2nd, Northwestern’s Dittmar Gallery housed an exhibition curated by the Modern Dance Music Research and Archiving Foundation. The gallery included archival materials courtesy of WNUR Streetbeat on display alongside handwritten set lists written by the late Frankie Knuckles and memorabilia from the Power Plant, both of whose legacies were the focus of the exhibit.

With the opening panel, outgoing Streetbeat Music Director Nick Harwood considered the role of Chicago House in both African-American culture and in the evolution of dance music. A second panel specifically considered WNUR’s night-time programming from the ‘70s through the birth of the Streetbeat program in the ‘80s. The second panel was composed entirely of former NUR DJ’s who afterwards dropped by the studio in Louis Hall for a tour of the facilities. The beat does indeed go on.

The Beat Goes On… was curated and hosted by Dr. Charles Matlock and Lauren Lowery, who kick ass and work to preserve Chicago’s musical heritage at http://www.dancemusicfound.org/

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Pitchfork Music Festival

This year WNUR partnered with Pitchfork Music Festival to send two of our own with VIP passes, give away tickets to listeners on-air, as well as to fans on Facebook. Friends of Streetbeat and frequent guest DJs of the Teklife crew like Taso, DJ Taye, and Sirr Tmo all joined DJ Spinn (plus Treated Crew and Era dance crew) on stage to pay tribute to the late great DJ Rashad. While the Teklife set was an obvious highlight of the weekend, Rock Show favorites like Jon Hopkins, Deafheaven, and The Haxan Cloak all brought their talents out to Chicago’s beautiful Union Park. And it didn’t rain even once!

 

In the Studio with… Obama’s African Leaders, Malafacha Ska

This summer some 20+ scholars from Africa had the opportunity to study at Northwestern through President Obama’s African Leaders Initiative. As a way of thanking the president, the fellows recorded a song at WNUR. Keep an eye out for the track, “Yali”, on WNUR’s soundcloud page. Later in July, Chicago rockers Malafacha Ska came in for a live set during El Zilencio (link to El Zinlencio page)! Stay tuned for video coverage and keep your ears and eyes on WNUR as we continue to offer Chicago’s finest in experimental music, news broadcasting, and Northwestern sports.

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Everyone here at WNUR wants to extend a big big thanks to all of our listeners, especially those who were able to contribute during the 2014 Phoneathon fundraiser that we’ve just wrapped up. It’s a time of year when we’re able to speak with listeners worldwide and offer them premiums our friends are nice enough to provide. It’d be impossible to make an exhaustive list but I know just this year Atavistic, Delmark, Southport, Merge, and the Secretly Label Group all provided premiums for us to offer donors.  It’s tedious for us to solicit donations while on-air, but the whole Phoneathon project brings the station together like no other event, and besides it is absolutely necessary given our budget constraints.

It’s unclear as of now whether or not we hit our goal of $30,000 because online donations still need to process but we’re going to be close. So once again, thanks for keeping Chicago’s Sound Experiment alive, and cheers to another great year!

Of course you can always donate to WNUR here: https://www.give-northwestern.org/donate

We just won’t bring it up on-air until next year.

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PHONEATHON 2014: February 21st – 28th!
Every winter WNUR conducts its annual Phoneathon, the only time of the year we ask listeners for their financial support. As an independent, commercial-free station this fundraiser is how we survive! We have plenty of new and exciting premiums to offer donors, from concert tickets to signed posters to CDs and records.

Update: Premiums!

Our goal this year is to raise $30,000 and we can only do that with your help! A successful Phoneathon lets us keep our programming ad-free, bring world-renowned musicians (Cave, SoSaLa, and Expo 70 just in 2013) to the Chicagoland area, and host shows at venues as prestigious as Chicago’s Smart Bar.
Keep tuned to Chicago’s Sound Experiment for more info and check back for the new premiums list on Friday!