Cold War Kids, Matt and Kim, Babsonicos, DJ Jazzy Jeff play free Heineken Inspire concert this weekend
Now in its fifth year the Heineken Inspire concert series will be rolling through Chicago this weekend. What does this all mean? Well, the beer maker will be hosting a free concert this Friday and Saturday at the Ravenswood Event Center, where a diverse mix of artists are slated to perform. Friday’s show will see Argentine rockers Babasonicos and Heineken Mezclasonis DJs take the stage while Saturday will be split into two sets. Ryan Leslie, J Cole, D-Nice and DJ Jazzy Jeff will hit the stage from 2pm to 7pm. Cold War Kids, Matt and Kim and DJ Vice will finish out the night from 9pm to 1am.
Good, you can go for free. Yes, for free. But there is one catch, you have to be 21.
To snag up one or two free tickets you’ll need to do a couple things.
1. Point your browser to Heinekein Inspire where you can select the date, time and number of tickets you would like.
2. After making your selection, you’ll have to give them your birthday to verify your age.
3. Once your age verification is complete you’ll need to enter a code in the middle of the page in order to print out your tickets. The code is INSPIREHKN. Now you should be good to go!
Sometimes, free concerts (with a so-so band playing to a crowd of drunkards) are to be skipped. While there might be a load of drunkards, this branded show features some solid performers. I've caught two of these acts live already, so I have reason to believe they won’t disappoint.
A couple years ago I was lucky enough to catch a DJ set Jazzy Jeff spun at a party for the 2007 Webby Awards. It blew my mind. Will Smith’s DJ spun for hours, pulling out top 40 hits while mixing in breaks from old disco songs. He even devoted a chunk of time to mixing Michael Jackson hits with Justin Timberlake Jams. It was dope. I can’t wait to see what he pulls out of his crate come Saturday.
Matt and Kim, a duo based in Brooklyn, New York, are comprised of only two instruments—Matt on keyboard and Kim on drums. The twosome is full of energy, some of it chemically-aided. When I saw them in late 2006, Matt wouldn’t stop talking about how many Red Bulls he had before the show. And throughout the duo's set, due to her sheer speed and strength, Kim repeatedly broke her bass drum pedal. There isn’t much to their music honestly, but you can't deny that its fun to dance to in a live setting.
Curious or a Cold War Kids fan? Remember that this beer-sponsored gig is free.