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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sonar Festival Comes to Chicago

Posted By on 06.15.10 at 04:19 PM

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The prestigious electronic-music festival Sonar, based in Barcelona, Spain, has announced that it's planting roots in Chicago with a three-day event this September 9-11. Sonar, which launched in 1994 and usually draws around 80,000 people in three days, is rather catholic in its bookings for an electronic-music fest; last year Grace Jones, Animal Collective, Mulatu Astatke, and Omar Souleyman were among the acts complementing more straightforwardly electronic fare like Carl Craig, Fever Ray, LCD Soundsystem, and Luomo. Its latest installment starts this Thursday in Spain and includes sets by Roxy Music, Air, Jimi Tenor, Broadcast, and the Sugar Hill Gang.

Last year Sonar organized small events in New York and Washington, D.C., but this represents its first full-scale project in the U.S. According to the Sonar Web site the Chicago event is "anticipated" to be annual; the lineup will be announced in mid-July. The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs is one of the American copresenters, along with Ashley Capps, the fellow behind Knoxville's ambitious Big Ears Festival and one of the organizers of Bonnaroo. Daytime concerts will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center; venues haven't been announced for the evening shows.

Today's playlist:

Magda Mayas, Heartland (Another Timbre)
Danilo Perez, Danilo Perez (Novus)
Eliane Radigue, Vice Versa, Etc . . . (Important)
Aïcha Redouane et L'Ensemble Al-Adwar, Egypt: Vocal and Instrumental Art of the 19th Century (Ocora)
Sonia M'Barek, Takht (Network)

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