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21 AND OLDER - $25 General Admission

FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST singer/songwriter & fiddler player Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek)

Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode is produced and edited by host and creator Hrishikesh Hirway in Los Angeles. Using the isolated, individual tracks from a recording, Hrishikesh asks artists to delve into the specific decisions that went into creating their work. Hrishikesh edits the interviews, removing his side of the conversation and condensing the story to be tightly focused on how the artists brought their songs to life. Past guests include Björk, U2, Iggy Pop, and Carly Rae Jepsen, among many others. In 2016 the Sydney Opera House hosted Song Exploder as an artist-in-residence. The show has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW.

Nerds On Tour is an interview podcast.  Host Abraham Levitan talks with music people about money, motivation, and the rest of life. Abraham is a Chicago-based musician who led the pop band Baby Teeth, co-hosted the music-improv game show Shame That Tune, and played in the band of avant-garde legend Bobby Conn.  He also has an entrepreneurial side, as the founder of  Piano Power, a music-teaching group, which now serves almost 400 students in the Chicago area. He has long interviewed musicians and artists like author Jon Ronson (live onstage at the Chicago Humanities Festival), Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt (for Make Magazine), and They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh (for the Chicago Reader).  He liked it.  He wanted to do it more often. Nerds On Tour fills a void of mentorship and “from-the-trenches” advice that Abraham noticed as a younger touring musician.  It offers a place to get honest, funny, and occasionally wonky conversation with great artists.

We’re a celebration of podcasting in Chicago! Attendees get to be a fly on the wall and watch podcasts come to life in front of an audience.

This is your opportunity to take your favorite podcasts out of your ears and put them IRL, all while exploring new ones. The artists featured will be podcasters from the arts and entertainment world, recorded live on stage at unique venues in downtown Chicago.

This is a place where you can not only see your favorite shows, but be with your people.


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