7th Annual Record Fair & Other Delights in Chicago

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Chicago Independent Radio Project hosts one of the Midwest's largest record fairs April 18-19, 2009. The CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights attracts vinyl enthusiasts and music lovers from across the country with its live music and wide range of merchandise. All proceeds go toward establishing a new independent radio station in Chicago.

The Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP), announces its 7th annual Record Fair & Other Delights, a can't-miss event for music lovers and vinyl enthusiasts from around the country. The Record Fair will take place at the Chicago Journeyman Plumbers Union on April 18th and 19th. In addition to featuring nearly 100 dealer tables and a wide range of entertainment, the fair benefits the Chicago Independent Radio Project, an organization committed to bringing a brand new community radio station to Chicago.

The CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights' dealers range from genre specialists with rare records to generalists with something for everyone. The music selection isn't limited to vinyl - CDs, DVDs, and 8-tracks abound, and the vendor lineup is rounded out by a unique selection of poster artists and crafters.

This year's expanded entertainment lineup includes performances by Dreamend, Ben Fasman of Gutter Butter, Jake Austen, Ceiling Stars and Steve Krakow, in addition to DJs, dancers, and other surprises. A variety of food and alcohol vendors help to make this a fun event for everyone, not just vinyl collectors.

The fair was born as a benefit for WLUW-FM, once Chicago's community radio station, now being turned into a students-only learning lab by Loyola University. WLUW's former managers and volunteers formed CHIRP to ensure that community radio would continue, grow, and flourish in Chicago, and the Record Fair is now the organization's primary fundraiser.    

The CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights runs Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $7, or $5 with an ad, flyer or April 18th-dated receipt from a local independent record store. A special $25 pre-admission session from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on Saturday allows collectors early access to the dealers and offers unlimited access all weekend long. Chicago Journeyman Plumbers Union is located at 1340 W. Washington in Chicago. More information is available at http://www.CHIRPrecordfair.com.

CHIRP is a non-profit organization formed to bring a new community radio station to Chicago. The station will be independently owned and operated by the group and will provide a voice for independent music and views. In order to apply for a new station, CHIRP is working to reform FCC rules and lobby Congress to pass the Local Community Radio Act, opening up new frequencies for low power FM radio licenses in urban areas. Such signals are currently restricted to rural and exurban areas.

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