As Chicagoans we are lucky to have a large selection of amazing restaurants, bars, and cultural experiences. The crew at Maria’s Community Bar in Bridgeport do a great job of showing us what its like when all those worlds collide. In addition to Maria’s (one of the best spots in the city to grab a beer) they also have Marz Community Brewing (craft beer made in Bridgeport), Lumpen Media, and a gallery/event space called the Co-Prosperity Sphere.
For the past 14 years they have thrown Version Fest. The fest has introduced innovative projects that tackle local social and urban issues. The festival highlights projects and people that engage public interest and promote the cultural use of public space. The title/theme of the fest changes yearly and this year its “100 Watts.” Recently this always hustling crew announced they were granted a license to build a low-power FM station that will reach up to 2.3 million Chicago listeners over the air and millions more via an online stream. The Version Festival will serve as the launch of a new radio station, 105.5 WLPN.
At this point you’re probably wondering why I’m sharing all of this info with you. I was invited by the Lumpen management to create content for the station. I proposed a weekly/bi-weekly show called the #Feelgood Show. I just wanted to create an hourlong show of music that the #feelgoodfamily would love to listen to in the car or around the house. They loved the idea and the first episode of The #Feelgoodshow is available to hear online right now. I’m so excited for this opportunity and hope that all of you listen to and love the show. My show is currently streaming in a loop with all the lumpen programming on the radio website. You can listen to the live broadcast feed by clicking on the blue lightening bolt on the upper right hand corner of the http://www.lumpen.com website. A direct link to my programming can be found here The #Feelgoodshow.
The Lumpen family is in the midst of trying to raise $50,000 to get the station completely built and on the air. If you know anyone who has a job and are feeling a bit philanthropic, please direct them to the opening night fete. We are asking for $85 which includes delicious food from: Fat Rice, Parachute, Nightwood, Thank You, The Rice Table, Big Star and Sobramessa Supper Club. Open bar libations will be provided by: Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, Marz Community Brewing, Three Floyds, Lost Lake, & Parson’s. The $85 also includes a pass to the entire festival.
Here is a link to festival tickets:
If you’re still reading at this point I just want to honestly say THANK YOU. I started spinning music out really just a year ago and for some reason people seem to really enjoy the #feelgoodmusic. I started doing this to spin music that my Kr3w wished we heard when we went out and now its ballooned into some of the most amazing opportunities for me. It’s really all because of the support of everyone that comes out to dance, chill, talk, and vibe. I don’t get to tell all of you this often but I am humbled by the support and the fact that people wait in line to hear me spin. I promise to make this show match the #feelgoodmovement that we’ve worked so hard to build over the past year. So yea I’ll see you all on May 29 at The Whistler. Until then check me out on the radio……. (so cray to be able to say that).