P4K Fest Lunch Series | Tortoise, Le Loup, the Ex

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A few days back Sam wrote up a post on the pro’s — and some con’s — of living in NYC during the summer. The highlight obviously was the abundance of free concerts throughout the lazy days of June, July and August. Though Chicago is known more for its abundance of neighborhood festivals than free concert series, Pitchfork and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs have again put together a free lunch series of concerts that features some really nice acts.

The summer series runs from mid-June through the end of August and takes place at Millennium Park’s beautiful Pritzker Pavilion. Every Monday starting June 16th — minus the weekend before and of the Pitchfork Music Festival — a different band will be playing during Chicago’s lunch hour. Seems like I’ll be able to break away from the “man” for an hour or so and catch some really good music on a Monday. Bonus!

Follow the jump for the list of bands and dates…


“Audible Architecture: Chicago Nightclubs at Noon” will kick off at 12:15pm at the Pritzker Pavilion on the following Mondays…

06-16 Bird Names (presented by Bottom Lounge)
06-23 Gary Higgins (presented by The Abbey)
06-30 Killer Whales (presented by mP Productions)
07-07 Le Loup (presented by Schubas)
07-28 Bill Callahan (presented by JAM Productions)
08-04 Tortoise (presented by The Hideout)
08-11 TBA
08-18 The Ex with Getatchew Mekuria (presented by Empty Bottle)
08-25 Habib Koité & Bamada (presented by Martyrs’)
[via Pitchfork Media]

I really dig that these events are being supported by the great small venues Chicago boasts. With that whole licensing thing that happened a few weeks back, this is definitely a good sign for these venues to be included in a city event. I don’t know about you but Tortoise on the 8/4 will definitely be the “hair of the dog” after a long weekend at Lollapalooza.