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 

REGISTER now for FREE

 
 
 

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