City announces 2013 lineups for Downtown Sound, Loops & Variations, and Made in Chicago

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Later today the city will announce the lineup for 2013 edition of the Downtown Sound series at Pritzker Pavilion. As it was last year, Downtown Sound is one of the DCASE programs that's remained strong through the rocky transition from the tenure of superlative music programmer Michael Orlove to the current administration. In the months since last year's programs were organized, the department has wisely rehired two veterans who worked under Orlove, Jack McLarnan and Carlos Tortolero.

The full schedule for the free Monday-night series, which kicks off May 27 with a double bill of the Lee Ranaldo Band and Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, is after the jump. You can also see the schedule for Loops & Variations, a series that haphazardly juggles electronic and contemporary classical music—I still can't figure out the rationale behind it, but it includes some very exciting events, among them a major concert by International Contemporary Ensemble playing the music of Edgard Varese. Also part of the summer schedule is Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz. The last concert of that series is one for the ages, with drummer Jack DeJohnette leading a quintet including AACM legends Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, and Henry Threadgill.


Downtown Sound, Mondays, 6:30 PM (headliners first)

May 27: Lee Ranaldo Band, Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog

June 3: Sharon Van Etten, Speck Mountain

June 10: An evening with Glen Hansard featuring Lisa Hannigan and members of the Frames

June 17: Daniel Lanois, Brokeback

June 24: Carolina Chocolate Drops, Angela James

July 1: Lee Fields & the Expressions, Theo Huff & the Platinum Band

July 8: Dawes, the Cairo Gang

July 15: Fatoumata Diawara, Alasdair Roberts and friends

July 22: The Handsome Family, Azita

July 29: Dessa, Psalm One


Loops & Variations, Thursdays, 6:30 PM (headliners first)

June 13: Falty DL, Bill Kouligas

June 27: Matmos, Fonema Consort

July 4: ICE, Nosaj Thing

July 11 (8 PM): Dan Deacon (no opening act)

July 18: Olafur Arnalds, Sarah Neufeld

August 28 (Wednesday): Eighth Blackbird with Glenn Kotche and Lesley Flanigan


Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz, Thursdays, 6:30 PM

July 25: Dee Alexander's Funkin' with Acoustic Soul: Tribute to James Brown and Jimi Hendrix

August 1: Victor Garcia's Crossing Borders

August 8: Jeff Parker-Nels Cline Quartet: The Turning Point

August 15: Dana Hall: The Andrew Hill Project with Black Fire

August 22: Tale of the Tiger: Pat Mallinger Quartet featuring Bill Carrothers & Cameron Pfiffner's Marco Polo

August 29: Jack DeJohnette: Special Legends Edition—Chicago, with Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell, and Henry Threadgill

Correction: This post has been updated to include the correct date for the Handsome Family concert, which happens on July 22.

Today's playlist:

John Tilbury, Michael Duch, Rhodri Davies, Cornelius Cardew: Works 1960-70 (+3dB)
Blues Control, Valley Tangents (Drag City)
Lol Coxhill, Barre Phillips, JT Bates, The Rock on the Hill (Nato)
Omar Souleyman, Leh Jani (Sham Palace)
Don Cherry, Lennart Åberg, Bobo Stenson, Dona Nostra (ECM)

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