Music has always found a home in Chicago. It’s where Louis Armstrong cut his first big records in the 1920s. It’s where Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley made the blues electric, building the foundations of rock & roll. It’s where genres like gospel, house, juke, footwork, and drill, were invented and reinvented. Not to mention the countless influential record labels, producers, instrument makers, and other industry leaders emanating from Chicago.
To celebrate its 35th anniversary and the City of Chicago’s Year of Chicago Music, A&BC has launched #ChiMusic35 to shine a spotlight on Chicago’s music legacy and raise funds to help restore and rebuild the creative enterprises that will help shape the next 35 years of Chicago culture.