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Becoming a cheese connoisseur, Project Onward's new art, and the Comfort Music series

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Billy Helmkamp, co-owner of the Whistler is savoring the innovative sounds of:

Comfort Music Comfort Music is a weekly series of eclectic (and free) concerts held in a small historical building located in the heart of Logan Square. In the early 20th century, the Comfort Station functioned as a shelter for train riders, but it has since been repurposed as a music venue/art gallery. The name is both fitting and ironic; during brutally hot summer days the tiny outpost is anything but comfortable, but the small, idiosyncratic space is nonetheless inviting.

I love the immediacy to the shows there. Performers are encouraged to embrace the reverberant acoustics of the space and to play with little to no amplification. I also find their mission to be especially unique. Curators Jordan Martins and Dan Mohr (both Logan Square artists/musicians) highlight unexpected intersections of music and facilitate cross-pollination between musical communities, e.g. pairing a noise band with a classically trained solo pianist. Comfort Music runs from April through November.

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