Concord Music Hall to open on August 1
In a move that seems to put the final nail in the coffin of the Congress Theater, a consortium of independent promoters has announced the opening of the Concord Music Hall, just a block down the street from the troubled venue. The joint venture brings together React Presents (responsible for booking Spring Awakening, North Coast Music Festival, the Mid), electronic-music and DJ promoters Silver Wrapper and the team responsible for the annual Riot Fest in Humboldt Park. A few months ago, the team purchased a Latin music club, formerly known as V-Live, located at 2047 N Milwaukee, just between Logan Square and Wicker Park. The 20,000 square foot space will be able to hold up to 1,600 people, distributed over two levels that house five bars.
"The location was the biggest selling point for all the people involved." React Presents publicist Zach Partin told us, "The people of Logan Square and Wicker Park have a lot of strong ties to music and they often have to travel to different parts of the city to see the types of music they want to see. Our aim was to fill a hole— there are a lot of venues in that area, but nothing of this size."
The venue will host its first show next week on August 1, bringing in new-wave artist Adam Ant who was previously booked to play at the Congress Theater on the same date. Another group that was previously scheduled to play the Congress, Gogol Bordello, will headline the Concord's official launch event on August 17. Judging by the involvement of React Presents, Silver Wrapper and Riot Fest, the Concord is positioning itself as a mid-sized replacement for the Congress Theater that will predominatly host electronic, hip-hop and punk rock acts.
You can take a look at the Concord Music Hall's upcoming schedule (including newly announced North Coast and Riot Fest aftershows) over at their website: www.concordmusichall.com.