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ReverbNation, Art Institute of Chicago Team Up Again For Monthly Music Series, “After Dark”

CHICAGO, IL, Jan. 22, 2016 — Coming off a successful 2015 season, the Art Institute of Chicago will tap ReverbNation for the second consecutive year as the exclusive talent curator for the 2016 season of “After Dark” – the Art Institute’s late night event for young professionals. The series, which has taken place 6 times per year since its inception in 2007, will take place 8 times in 2016.

“The support for After Dark has been tremendous over the years. We’ve sold out every event – that’s 1200 tickets – since 2009. Since partnering with ReverbNation CONNECT last year our level of musical talent has really taken the event to new heights,” said Matt Woodburn co-Founder of After Dark and owner of ESP Presents, who produce the event for the Art Institute.

“After Dark is a truly special event and one of the most exciting projects I’ve had the pleasure of working on in my career,” said Matt DuFour, A&R Director of ReverbNation and Co-Founder of After Dark. “The ability to showcase the best emerging talent from around the US to a receptive audience of over a thousand people at each event is a dream come true for both the bands that play and ReverbNation CONNECT. Our 2016 line-up is shaping up to be the best yet.”

The first installment of “After Dark” in 2016 will take place on January 22 and will feature ReverbNation artist Lena Fayre – an up and coming singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. Fayre has been featured in publications such as SPIN, Vice’s Noisey, and Teen Vogue, who called her “Your Next Teenage Dream.” The series will continue in February with a live performance from Ron Gallo and DJ set from Echodroids – both ReverbNation artists.

“We take great pride in curating events for our community, and growing our young professional audience at the Art Institute of Chicago. We are pleased to team with ReverbNation to provide the best quality of music for ‘After Dark’,” said Shannon Burke, Assistant Director of Evening Associates at The Art Institute Of Chicago. “We look forward to raising the bar on this event, yet again.”

In addition to Lena Fayre’s performance, the January installment of “After Dark” will feature special tours of the exhibit, Dionysos Unmasked: Ancient Sculpture and Early Prints and theatrical ensemble, Collaboraction.

Further details and tickets to the event can be found here.

About The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. An encyclopedic museum, the Art Institute collects, preserves, and interprets works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods. With a collection of approximately 300,000 art works and artifacts, the museum has particularly strong holdings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, contemporary art, early 20th century European painting and sculpture, Japanese prints, and photography. The museum’s 2009 addition, the Modern Wing, features the latest in green museum technology and 264,000 square feet dedicated to modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture and design, and new museum education facilities. In addition to displaying its permanent collection, the Art Institute mounts more than 30 special exhibitions per year and features lectures, gallery tours, and special performances on a daily basis.

About ESP Presents
ESP Presents is a Chicago based special events production company passionate about creating experiences. ESP specializes in leveraging strong ties in music, art, technology and entertainment for market activations, arts curation, event production and strategy. The ESP team has over 25+ years working alongside select brands, agencies and organizations to craft one-of-kind experiences for their clients.

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