Looking for a little bit of visual, aural and cultural stimulation this weekend? Better yet, looking to enjoy these sights and sounds for free. Then, Sónar Chicago (beginning today) is the answer to your weekend dilemma.
Based in Barcelona, Sónar is a collective of the best and brightest acts in electronic and experimental music. In addition to the music, there are technology demonstrations and films. Sónar Chicago recreates the Spanish festival by using the Chicago Cultural Center for displays, films and performances as well as the Jay Pritzer Pavilion in Millennium Park for today's opening festivities which features performances from Detroit musician Jimmy Edgar, The Slew featuring Kid Koala, Barcelona ambient pop group Bradien, the experimental project Faraón and Dutch DJ Martyn.
Tomorrow and Saturday's festivities move into the Chicago Cultural Center. Once inside, there will be afternoon and evening performances from the likes of post-minimalist Ben Frost, the soundscaping of New York's Leslie Flanigan and others. Throughout the three days, the Chicago Cultural Center will house a film festival featuring short films and feature-length documentaries on electronic music as well as live performances and displays between the films.
For a small fee of $5, you can head to Smart Bar where there will be a Sónar Club Night featuring the likes of Black Devil Disco Club, Space Dimension Controller, Todd Osbourn and more. This event takes place tomorrow night (September 10) from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
If you are a fan of free festivals, electronic and experimental music, and new sights and sounds, Sónar Chicago is shaping up to be a experience well worth more than the price of admission and definitely something to check out this weekend. For more information on Sónar Chicago, visit the event's site.