The Beat Bank

INTERESTING SIGHTS AND SOUNDS SINCE 1998
CHICAGO
 
 

 

OUR MISSION

Highlight Live PA, Experimental Electronic, and progressive music while activating spaces for artist to create, perform and refine their art.

We have expanded to include outreach programs that teach multiple subjects to youth audiences centered around electronic music, science and wellness. One of our ultimate goals is to unlock potential greatness within youth and artist communities in Chicago by empowering them with alternative thinking.

Upcoming Events
Brother El's Collaborative iPad Symphony
Sat, Nov 23
Apple Michigan Avenue
Nov 23, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Apple Michigan Avenue, 401 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Explore how to create an electronic symphony with musician and spontaneous composer Brother El.
Live PA Institute Day
Sat, Nov 16
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Nov 16, 2019, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM CST
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
Artists will gather at 11 am at the Logan Center for the Arts for a day of collaboration experimenting with sound. The day will feature hands-on workshops, live musician sampling sessions, marketing tutelage, a participant dinner, and evening performances that will be open to the public.
Sandbox Symphony IV
Sat, Aug 10
Oakwood Beach
Aug 10, 2019, 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Oakwood Beach, Oakwood Beach, Chicago, IL 60653, USA
This free, public spectacular features live electronic music, demonstrations by local visual artists, yoga, a mini pop-up farmers market with free nutritious snacks, jewelry making, and mobile toy creation cart.
Bronzeville: An Inquiry in Sound with “Brother El”
Sun, Jul 21
The Art Institute of Chicago
Jul 21, 2019, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
Listen to the live electronic music of Lional “Brother El” Freeman along with compositions written and recorded by Dyett High School for the Arts students.
Sliver Room Block Party
Sat, Jul 20
Hyde Park
Jul 20, 2019, 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Hyde Park, Hyde Park, Chicago, IL, USA
Brother El rocking a special Live PA set for the Silver Room Block Party
Brother El: Sonic Abstractions (April)
Sat, Apr 27
Smart Museum of Art, The University of C
Apr 27, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Smart Museum of Art, The University of C, 5550 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
Lional "Brother El" Freeman performs a series of four Live PA electronic compositions commissioned in conjunction with the Smart Museum of Art's exhibition 'Solidary & Solitary.'
Brother El: Sonic Abstractions
Sun, Mar 17
Smart Museum of Art, The University of C
Mar 17, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Smart Museum of Art, The University of C, 5550 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
Lional "Brother El" Freeman performs a series of four Live PA electronic compositions commissioned in conjunction with the Smart Museum of Art's exhibition 'Solidary & Solitary.'
Mobilizing Through Improvisation: A Global South and Southside Chicago Collaboration
Wed, Nov 14
Grey Ceneter
Nov 14, 2018, 6:00 PM
Grey Ceneter, 929 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
Stages an improvisational collaboration between local electronic musician Brother El from the south side of Chicago with actors and musicians from Ilkhom and Bata theaters of the post-Soviet south, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
Eat Your Words 2018
Thu, Oct 04
Chicago Cultural Center
Oct 04, 2018, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
A benefit to celebrate and support the students of 826CHI.
Objects in the Midst of Other Objects (Artists Talk + After Party)
Fri, Sep 28
Rootwork Gallery
Sep 28, 2018, 9:00 PM – Sep 29, 2018, 12:00 AM
Rootwork Gallery, 645 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60616, USA
Objects in the Midst of other Objects: Black Male Formations and Subjectivities in Hyper-racial America Featuring the art work of Stephen Flemister + Spencer Paul Hutchinson with an original sound installation by Lional “Brother El” Freeman.
Quantum Englewood
Sat, Sep 15
Lindblom Math and Science Academy
Sep 15, 2018, 8:00 PM
Lindblom Math and Science Academy, 6130 S Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60636, USA
A Journey Through 100 Years Of South Side Musical History (World Premiere Performance by Ernest Dawkins and Rahul Sharma)
27th Annual 4th Ward Health & Wellness Fair
Sat, Aug 25
Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts
Aug 25, 2018, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts, 555 E 51st St, Chicago, IL 60615, USA
Alderman Sophia King hosts the 4th Ward Health & Housing Fair and the Brother El will be providing DJ'd vibrations.
In the Company of Black
Thu, Aug 16
University Galleries
Aug 16, 2018, 5:00 PM – Oct 15, 2018, 12:00 AM
University Galleries, 11 Uptown Circle #103, Normal, IL 61761, USA
In the Company of Black presents selected photographs from a recent series of the same name by artist and educator Cecil McDonald, Jr., as well as the premiere of a new video with collaborator Lional "Brother El" Freeman.
Brother El's Sandbox Symphony III
Sat, Aug 11
Oakwood Beach
Aug 11, 2018, 3:00 PM
Oakwood Beach, Oakwood Beach, Chicago, IL 60653, USA
SBSIII is Returning to Oakwood Beach for the third year to celebrate the arts, culture and people of the south side of Chicago. This family friendly event, which takes place directly after the Bud Billiken Parade and is short walk from the parade route, featuring live music, visual arts and crafts.
National Night Out
Tue, Aug 07
Kennicott Park
Aug 07, 2018, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Kennicott Park, 4434 S Lake Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60653, USA
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out is set to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement.
The Art Institute of Chicago Block Party
Sat, Jul 21
The Art Institute of Chicago
Jul 21, 2018, 10:30 AM – 10:30 PM
The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
Social Music II
Fri, Jul 13
Elastic Arts
Jul 13, 2018, 7:00 PM
Elastic Arts, 3429 W Diversey Ave #208, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
Reprise of the successful Social Music event from last years Museum of Contemporary Art debut.
Liminal Space Goin Late ft. Brother El, Youthfaire and Waterloo
Sat, Jul 07
Location is TBD
Jul 07, 2018, 9:00 PM
Location is TBD
Live PA, Live Band, DJz & Movement
CoCre8
Fri, Jun 29
Arts Incubator
Jun 29, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Arts Incubator, 301 E Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
CoCre8 Exhibition
The Old Town School of Folk Music Blue Jean Gala
Sat, Jun 23
Old Town School of Folk Music
Jun 23, 2018, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA
Satellite Beat Lab: Douglass Park
Thu, Feb 08
Douglas Park
Feb 08, 2018, 6:00 PM – Apr 26, 2018, 8:00 PM
Douglas Park, Douglas Park, Chicago, IL, USA
A free beat making workshop for teens ages 12-17 sponsored by Urban Gateways on Thursdays
Studio 393 Workshop with The Present Elders
Sun, Feb 04
171 McDermot Ave
Feb 04, 2018, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
171 McDermot Ave, 171 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0S1, Canada
Getting Creative with Sampling: A journey into the art form of sampling where we will explore methods deep rooted in Hip Hop and Dance music production to sound design. We will cover sampling basics (analog and digital), looping techniques, various types of sequencing and many tricks of the trade.

Live PA Institute Day

Public Performances

NOVEMBER 16, 2019 @ 7 PM

The “Live PA Institute Day,” will be a day of building among peers, sharing process, technique, love and encouragement. The evening performances with be open to the public.

Guests and performers will be nominated from within the community.

Live PA InSTITUTE DAY ConFERENCE

WHEN

WHERE

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Conference: 11 am - 5 pm

Dinner: 5:30 pm

Logan Center (University of Chicago)

Chicago, IL 

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