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Chicago Gets a Festival of Experimental Music and Noise

Posted By on 02.05.10 at 01:26 PM

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Chicago has lots of music festivals, and Chicago has plenty of concerts year-round devoted to experimental music and noise. Now it looks like the city is finally getting a festival that focuses on experimental music and noise. The Neon Marshmallow Festival will make its debut from August 20 through 22 at the Viaduct Theater, and while the details (including the lineup) are still being hammered out, what’s been announced so far looks impressive.

The event is being organized by Daniel Smith (who makes music under the name Red Electric Rainbow) and Matt Kimmel, who’s behind the Acid-Marshamallow site, which showcases mostly experimental stuff. Among the confirmed performers are Astral Social Club, Carlos Giffoni, and Emeralds, whose recent What Happened (No Fun) was one of last year’s best examples of taxonomically slippery pyschedelic drone. I’ve also seen a list of artists the organizers are waiting to hear from, so I can say that Smith and Kimmel seem to have pretty good taste (and an aesthetic leaning toward the noisier end of the spectrum). There’s already a Neon Marshmallow Fest site, but it’ll probably be another week or so before anything is actually on it.

Today’s playlist:

Han Bennink Trio, Parken (ILK)
Daby Balde, Le Marigot Club Dakar (Riverboat)
Jim Ford, The Unissued Capitol Album (Bear Family)
Brenda Holloway, The Early Years: Rare Recordings 1962-1963 (Ace)
“Blue” Gene Tyranny, The Intermediary (Lovely Music)

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