Freelance Whales To Perform Free Charity Show in Chicago

Freelance Whales To Perform Free Charity Show in Chicago

Freelance Whales join The Hold Steady, Wavves, Jackie Greene and Green River Ordinance as part of Eventbrite's Concert Confidential:  5 Cities.  5 Causes.  1 Night. 

I received some information today regarding a very cool promotion by online ticketer Eventbrite that will take place this week in Chicago and four other cities.

While the venue wasn't supposed to be released until tomorrow, I've learned that Concert Confidential:  5 Cities.  5 Causes.  1 Night will take place in Chicago on Saturday, September 17th with a 7PM performance (doors at 6:30PM) by Freelance Whales at Empty Bottle.

With an interesting backstory that saw the band perfect its sound on subway platforms, Freelance Whales are a very interesting indie-pop quintet from New York.  The band, almost without fail, draws comparisons to two artists: Sufjan Stevens (for their quirky lyrics) and Arcade Fire (for their interesting use of a wide range of instruments including harmonium, synthesizer, glockenspiel and mandolin in addition to the standard guitar, bass and drums).

Their debut album Weathervanes was released in March of 2010 and the past year or so has seen the band perform everywhere from Bonnaroo and the Newport Folk Festival to local stops at Schubas and Metro.

The Chicago event will benefit Rock For Kids which provides music education to underserved children in Chicago.  What started in 1988 has grown to serve 1,000 students throughout the city in 2010.  Eventbrite will offer music fans the opportunity to make donations at Empty Bottle by using Eventbrite At The Door, an iPad app designed to accept cash and credit card payments anywhere.

Tickets are free but capacity is limited.  Fans should visit where tickets will be granted on a first come, first serve basis starting on Friday, September 15th.  Only the first 400 people in line at Empty Bottle, over 21 years of age, with a printout of the online confirmation will be admitted on Saturday.

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  • This looks really cool, are you going to check it out? Thanks for letting me know about this, I love Freelance Whales...

  • It really does sound cool and yes, I will be there. Hope to see you there.

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