While there's no shortage of events packed with rock, hip-hop and jazz acts, the Ear Taxi Festival highlights performers that don't usually hit the festival circuit, including contemporary classical, experimental, improvisational and electronic musicians. The theme of this year's lineup is “HEAR CHICAGO,” bringing together more than 600 individual artists to for approximately 100 events over the course of the festival, ranging from string ensembles and operas to grant writing workshops and dance.
The festival is divided into two series: The Spotlight Series Concerts (artist-presented shows) and the Mainstage Series Concerts (performances showcasing Chicago-made music). Highlights of the various programs include a new commission from flutist Janice Misurell-Mitchell, new works from bassist Matt Ullery and his jazz orchestra, a world premiere from classical vocal quartet Fourth Coast Ensemble and a collaboration between singer and clarinetist Angel Bat Dawid and saxophonist Isaiah Collier.
Find a complete schedule of performances (along with a list of venues) at the Ear Taxi Festival website.