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Music Dealers and HEARN Present: Summer Concert Series

Music Dealers and HEARN have teamed up present the first-ever Summer Concert Series to be held in the outdoor plaza of the John Hancock Center. The series features two hours of live music from native Chicago artists hand-picked by Music Dealers. 

Beginning with long-time Music Dealers solo artist and American Idol alumni, Jeffrey Goldford, the free, weekly concert continues for ten weeks with hand-selected Music Dealers artists performing for Chicagoans and tourists.

The series is designed to provide refreshing entertainment to one of the most famous streets in the world and debut new music, including the first live performances of ten songs. The series also gives Chicago talent an opportunity to perform live in an underutilized area of the city, while providing attendees the ability to enjoy music throughout the summer on The Magnificent Mile.

The Summer Concert Series continues until October 2.

To learn more about the concert series, click to view the press release.

2014 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES SCHEDULE


Wednesday, July 16, 2014





Artist:

Goldford

Buzz:

  • Top 30 finalist on American Idol

  • Released debut, “Shed A Light,” in summer of 2013                

Artist Profile:

http://www.musicdealers.com/#!/artist/Goldford


Wednesday, July 23, 2014





Artist:

Pat McKillen

Buzz:

  • Has self-produced and released two albums

  • Voted Chicago’s Best Emerging Act 2013 by Deli Magazine

Artist Profile:

http://www.musicdealers.com/#!/artist/patmckillenmusic






Artist:

Briar Rabbit

Buzz:

  • Nephew of blues legend, B.B. King

  • Praised by The Huffington Post & Performer Magazine          

Artist Profile:

http://www.musicdealers.com/#!/artist/BriarRabbit


Cancelled due to inclement weather





Artist:

Zaramela

Buzz:

- Opened for legendary band Chicago at the Riverside Theater

- Performed at Chicago Music Awards, The Rave & The House of Blues

Artist Profile:

http://www.musicdealers.com/#!/artist/2143068






Artist:

Kirby Kaiser

Buzz:

- Write ups in Interview, Nylon, Red Eye, Refinery 29 & URB

  • Shared stages with Mahogany, YAWN, The Van Buren Boys, etc.    Artist Profile:

http://www.musicdealers.com/#!/artist/1669925


Wednesday, August 6, 2014





Artist:

Matthew Santos

Buzz:

- Grammy nominated

- Toured with Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Rihanna, NERD, etc.          

Artist Profile:

http://www.musicdealers.com/artist/MatthewSantos






Artist:

The Empty Pockets

Buzz:

- Headliner at SXSW Music Festival

  • Two singles charted on the Billboard Top 100

Artist Profile:

http://www.musicdealers.com/artist/theemptypockets                    


Wednesday, August 13, 2014





Artist:

Emma Jayne

Buzz:

- Featured on WGN, FOX, & NBC

- Songs featured in Justin Bieber Fragrance Commercial & Coca Cola’s Open Happiness Campaign

Artist Profile:

http://www.musicdealers.com/#!/artist/emmajaynesings






Artist:

The Future Laureates

Buzz:

- Songs featured on MTV, Showtime, Style, Discovery Networks & Bravo!

- Played SXSW & Summerfest

Artist Profile:

http://www.musicdealers.com/#!/artist/thefuturelaureates


Wednesday, August 20, 2014





Artist:

Julian Bell

Buzz:

- Landed a spot on The Voice, and was a contestant on The CW’s “The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep” hosted by Queen Latifah 

- Featured in Red Eye as a top 10 contestant for Battle of the Bands 

Artist Profile:

http://www.musicdealers.com/#!/artist/julianbell






Artist:

Ryan Powers & The Secret Weapons

Buzz:

- Performed at Lincoln Hall, Beat Kitchen, Summerfest, etc.

- Performed w/ Gavin DeGraw, Collective Soul, Styx & Will Hoge     

Artist Profile:

http://www.musicdealers.com/#!/artist/RyanPowersandTSW


Wednesday, August 27, 2014





Artist:

Adam Blair

Buzz:

- Finalist on the FOX TV show, The Next Great American Band    

- Songs featured in mobile app, Rednote

Artist Profile:

http://www.musicdealers.com/#!/artist/2118078






Artist:

Living In Pretend

Buzz:

  • Featured in Coca-Cola’s 52 Songs Of Happiness Campaign       

Artist Profile:

http://www.musicdealers.com/#!/artist/livinginpretend


Wednesday, September 3, 2014





Artist:

Janelle Kroll

Buzz:

- 2014 season contestant on CW’s “The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep”

- Featured on Defected.com

Artist Profile:

http://www.musicdealers.com/artist/janellekroll






Artist:

The Diving Bell

Buzz:

- Music featured in HBO’s True Blood

- Earned a national songwriting award from the Independent Artist Company

Artist Profile:

http://www.musicdealers.com/#!/artist/divingbell                                 


Wednesday, September 17, 2014





Artist:

Vintage Blue

Buzz:

- Shared stages with Fitz & the Tantrums, Lifehouse, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, 10,000 Maniacs & Dave Matthews Band

- Played Summerfest, World’s Largest Block Party, Roscoe Village Burger Fest, etc.

Artist Profile:

http://www.musicdealers.com/artist/1903283






Artist:

The Right Now

Buzz:

- Performed over 200 shows in the last two years, including a sold out Lincoln Hall show, SXSW, Northcoast & Summerfest

- Opened for Fitz & The Tantrums, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Bettye Lavette, etc.

Artist Profile:

http://www.musicdealers.com/#!/artist/TheRightNow


Wednesday, September 24,2014





Artist:

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound

Buzz:

- Featured in Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Paste, Indie Shuffle, ASCAP.com, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, TimeOut Chicago & Chicago Sun-Times

- Performed at Lollapalooza in 2012

- Appeared on WGN-TV and BBC 6, and WFMU

http://www.musicdealers.com/artist/theuptownsound


Wednesday, October 1,2014





Artist:

Xoe Wise

Buzz:

- Top 20 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart

- Featured on WGN television, Fearless Radio, WLUW & The Chicago Tribune

Artist Profile:

http://www.musicdealers.com/#!/artist/2079447






Artist:

Many Places

Buzz:

- Performed at various music events and venues including Lincoln Hall, Subterranean, Empty Bottle, Beat Kitchen, Drangonfly Lounge, Gallery Cabaret, and more.

- Featured in the UK music review publication Skeplunk

Artist Profile:

http://www.musicdealers.com/#!/artist/manyplaces


By: Christopher Rucks, Music Dealers