We here at Windy City Rock are always looking for new ways to support our amazing local music scene. No shit. As all you internet savvy types are surely aware, the Kickstarter boom has offered independent artists another way to keep putting out kick ass music. This will be the first in a (hopefully) monthly series of articles spotlighting a couple Chicago-based music projects that we think you, our wonderful WCR readers, might dig. Open up your ears, open up your wallets and make these projects happen.
Bullied By Strings makes a music video
|Poster concept art by James Zark|
The Gig Poster Project
Spudnik Press Cooperative and local circus-punk marching band Mucca Pazza. Those two outfits are working together on what they're calling The Gig Poster Project, wherein three Chicago high schools and over 200 students will get a crash course in screen printing and design. The kids will each create their very own show poster, which will go on display in a public exhibition at Harold Washington College. Mucca Pazza will assist in awarding 18 honorable mentions and one Grand Prize. Those students will be invited to lessons at a private printshop, while the winner will design a poster for Pazza and receive mentorship on a future project. The whole thing climaxes with a celebratory show at a local venue, headlined by Mucca Pazza.
There are pretty great incentives here too, like discount card making workshops at Paper Source, limited edition screen prints and private screen printing workshops for you (the backer) and six friends. Need flashy new business cards? There's an incentive for that. Need a poster for your own gig? There's an incentive for that. Let's be honest here people, you're going to blow at least $40 on booze this weekend, and another $20 on a cab and a shitty burrito. Wouldn't you feel better about yourself if you used that cash to change the lives of some talented Chicago kids? Who knows, four years from now your shitty lo-fi/neo-gospel/post-melody/pop-scuzz band might need a poster for a gig. Where will you be if all the children have gone uneducated in the fine art of screen printing? Dicking around on MS Paint, that's where. Click here to check out The Gig Poster Project's video and donate. Save the children, save the future, save yourself.