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Iconic Nashville Hatch Show Print exhibit in Chicago

Iconic Nashville Hatch Show Print exhibit in Chicago

If you have ever managed to make it down to Nashville, specifically to the Country Music Hall and Fame Museum, you probably couldn’t help but notice a layer of vintage show posters covering the walls on the third-floor exhibit space.

These posters are not only historical in the sense of the musical, vaudeville, circus and minstrel shows they once promoted across the country but the iconic vintage style they represent has very much become synonymous with Nashville and its historical music city past.

Although the modernization of printing and design have long surpassed the printing press method, there’s one surviving member of this bygone era that still today produces advertising posters and artwork.  Located on Broadway, in downtown Nashville, the Hatch Show Print letterpress shop still turns nearly six hundred jobs in any given year – according to their website – but often it’s their earlier work that now passes for pop culture art.  (Have some Hatch Show Print hanging in my room…)

Making its way to Chicago, like any great Nashville performer would do, the Hatch Show Print will make it’s Windy City premiere at a local art gallery, Firecat Projects, located in Bucktown.

Opening Reception well be held on Friday, March 29 from 7PM – 10PM with the exhibit running through April 20, 2013.  More information at



Neal McCoy, Bullriders set for Sears Centre

The Professional Championship Bullriders returns to Chicago for the World Tour Finale VII at the Sears Centre Arena February 1 & 2, 2013, and country star Neal McCoy is set for a stage show to the fans following the first night of competition. The world’s best bull riders will battle the toughest, rankest bulls ever… Continue Reading

The Nashville Network returns to Chicago airwaves

The Nashville Network (TNN) announced today that it will syndicate locally, over-the-air, on WPVN-Chicago 24.3. WPVN began broadcasting TNN’s programming over-the-air on channel 24.3 last Friday when its new transmitter came online atop the Trump International Hotel and Tower.  TNN anticipates carriage of WPVN’s TNN channel via Chicago cable outlets in the near future. Kent… Continue Reading

Channel 7 covers the Country Scene

Joe’s Bar, US99 and received a special shout out from ABC7 Chicago reporter John Garcia during a special segment featuring the local country music scene.  The report aired on the 10PM newscast following the CMA Awards, which also aired on the same network. “Sources” tell me John is quite the country fan himself.  So if you… Continue Reading

Dierks Bentley tapped for 2012 Taste

Country music star Dierks Bentley has been tapped as a headliner for the 2012 Taste of Chicago festival. Bentley, along with Lindi Ortega, are marked as headliners for the 3,000-seat pavilion at the Petrillo Music Shell, located within Grant Park. on Sunday, July 15, 2012. Entrance to the annual lakefront festival remains free, but for… Continue Reading

Country Music strikes a home run in 2012

Country Music strikes a home run in 2012

Ticket Alert:  After dodging a bunch scrutiny by the surrounding neighborhood and special approval from Chicago’s City Hall, country music power trio Rascal Flatts made history as the first country artists to play Chicago’s very own Wrigley Field. A concert that went on to sell-out with a mere 37,000 fans that cool July evening in… Continue Reading

US99’s New Phone Number

For country fans here in Chicago, there’s one phone number we all pretty much knew by heart… 312-591-US99. How many of you had it programmed into your phone? I know I did! Well, as part of what looks like a studio move, the new US99.5 studios has a new caller contest line.  So here it… Continue Reading

Less Taste for Country?

Less Taste for Country?

The Chicago Tribune reports that city officials are considering reducing the amount of days for the annual Taste of Chicago festival.  The future of music acts the annual summer food festival is already on the chopping block and with the potential of less days, the opportunity for country music to keep its one-day showcase during… Continue Reading