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Downtown Sound closes out summer with music

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:00 a.m. CST
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Maps and Atlases
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Russian Circles

CHICAGO — Downtown Sound, Millennium Park’s popular Monday night music series, makes its return beginning on June 2 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The series will continue on consecutive Monday evenings until Aug. 11. The series offers an eclectic mix of indie rock music and pop.

This year, the city of Chicago will mark Millennium Park’s 10th Anniversary until Sept. 1. Join the city for a summer-long celebration featuring Downtown Sound, Loops and Variations and Made in Chicago music series, film series, workouts and much more.

Maps & Atlases will headline the evening at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 4. They are a Chicago rock band who defies easy categorization. Their experimental and traditional song-forms collide with hymnal harmonies, percolating rhythms and maximalist creativity, resulting in boundary-busting, asymmetrical pop. Wooden Shjips, recording on Chicago’s Thrill Jockey label, transform heavy psychedelic rock into minimalist masterpieces. They will open the evening.

At 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11, Chicago’s Russian Circles bring their soaring, triumphant instrumental metal to the Pritzker Pavilion headlining the evening and showcasing their 2013 release Memorial. Opening is Colin Stetson, who spent the last two years playing saxophone with Bon Iver. Here he performs works from his 2013 solo album, “New History Warfare Volume 3: To See More Light,” using a stunning circular breathing technique and unprecedented approach to the instrument to create dense cascading layers of sound.

Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph Street to the north, Columbus Drive to the east and Monroe Street to the south. Convenient parking is located in the Millennium Park Garage (entrance on Columbus at Monroe or Randolph), Millennium Lakeside and Grant Park North.

Downtown Sound is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and sponsored by 93XRT, Chicago Tribune, Cliff Bar, Goose Island Beer Co., Millennium Garages and Southwest Airlines. For complete details on this and all Millennium Park Music Series news and events visit millenniumpark.org or follow them on Facebook and Twitter @Millennium_Park.

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