Chicago music venue bans EDM concerts

on August 16, 2014, 10:12am

Congress Theater has permanently banned EDM concerts from its stage as part of an agreement with the city of Chicago, according to DNA Info.

Following a series of violations, the venue lost its liquor license and was subsequently shut down in May 2013. Those violations included several drug-related incidents and failure of venue security to contact police following fights within the venue. A year prior, a female concert patron was raped after being turned away from the venue.

Under terms of the agreement, the venue will continue to operate with the understanding that EDM concerts will no longer take place, regardless of the owner. The city defines EDM as “music created by a DJ or multiple DJs primarily using specialized equipment and software instead of traditional instruments.”

According to City of Chicago local liquor commissioner Gregory Steadman, the ban reflects a “rising level of concern about these events and whether or not they’re safe.” He added, “The community does not want those events there. We’re not saying EDM are all bad but in venues of this size — 5,000 seats —  we don’t feel this is appropriate for the Congress.”

The Congress has previously hosted performances from Skrillex, Rusko, Major Lazer, Steve Aoki, and more.


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August 18, 2014 at 9:22 am

The city shut down the Congress because of health violations and BLOCKING THE DAMN AIR VENTS. EDM did not kill the Congress, a defunct landlord with no sympathy for the common man did.

August 17, 2014 at 11:28 am

Can we enforce the same ban at all venues across the city ?

August 16, 2014 at 4:01 pm

“Concerts” is not the right word. A concert requires musicians to be on stage.

August 16, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Holy shit its this Tom Petty?

August 17, 2014 at 12:32 am

Let me introduce you to Griz, Big Gigantic, Pretty Lights, Dynohunter, Modestep, Lotus, STS9, EOTO….

August 18, 2014 at 6:21 pm

lotus is not “EDM”

August 17, 2014 at 1:15 am

they are fucking musicians you asswipe. pull your musically narrow-minded head out of your goddamn ass. do you know the definition of music? pretty sure they are still making beats and following time signatures.

August 17, 2014 at 3:53 pm

They are more computer programmers than they are musicians.


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