Concert Preview: GigMaven Chicago Kick-Off Show At Subtereanean

We recently explored tools to help independent artists launch their DIY career and grow their fan base through touring.

And now, we’d like to share news about GigMaven, a free website that helps artists find venues and book gigs at several of our favorite Chicago venues including the Empty Bottle, Congress Theater, Double Door, Lincoln Hall, and Logan Square Auditorium.

According to their website, GigMaven seeks to:

“streamline the booking process for musicians and venues. We realize that booking gigs is a time-consuming and often frustrating process, whether done in person, over the phone or via email. So we’ve created something that will allow both musicians and venues to fulfill all their booking and scheduling needs online. It’s easy to use. And it’ll save you time and money.”

And to get things going in the Windy City, the New York-based GigMaven is partnering with HeaveMedia to host a kick-off party on Thursday January 6th at Subterranean to officially launch their service for local Chicago bands, a bill that will cranking out a mix of indie-rock, psychedelic dream-pop and other cool tunes.

The four bands showcased include: Netherfriends, the Lonliest Monk, Dozens, and Wolf in a Spacesuit.

A Special Note About The Netherfriends

We’ve had fun following the story of Netherfriends as they set out on their 50 show in 50 states tour in 2010.

And We’ve also enjoyed their free “un-Netherfriends drone album” called Alp that was recorded during a break this past holiday.

And it looks like this show, that starts at 8pm (get tickets here), will be a good momentum builder for their 2011 leg of their 50/50 challenge.

As the Onion points out, The Netherfriends aren’t the first to attempt such a challenge and we hope to talk more with them about their 50/50 challenge, and we’ll be exploring the story of GigMaven too, so stay tuned for more great concert news and stories in 2011!

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