Southwest Airlines and The Readings Make Music at Chicago Midway Airport

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Music The Readings, Twin Brothers Eric and Chris save the day at Midway airport in Chicago with Southwest Airlines. Their music entertained 500 delayed passengers for 4 1/2 hrs. and Southwest employees as well as passengers from all the gates were thrilled to hear them play, fans still emailing The Readings thanking them.

When weather unexpectedly grounded every plane at Chicago Midway Airport on April 30th, a small band of passengers on Southwest Flight 500 managed to fill the time with music sweet to everyone’s ears. During the unavoidable 4½ hour delay, The Readings (pronounced Reddings) played an impromptu concert for a growing crowd of way-layed travelers.

A woman slowly approached The Readings, and noticing the multiple guitar cases, asked them if they felt like playing a song. These gracious gentlemen couldn’t deny her request, and they began to strum away. Their earthy guitar and lyrical styles began to fill the air, and their up-lifting tales began to shine through in the music.

True to their roots and true to their lives, The Readings’ great rhythmic sense and down to earth vibe slowly caught the ears of the travelers and drew in listeners of all ages. Like a wildfire, the sounds spread through the crowd, and as the 500 plus travelers from the other gates gathered around, The Readings made this unforeseen situation memorable for all.

Southwest employees Tina, Ed, Jackie, Beverly and Matt were thrilled to have the musicians entertain the travelers during the long delay and showed their support by acting as grand hosts in true Southwest Airlines fashion.    

When the music was over and the plane had been boarded, the pilot greeted the passengers and apologized for the delay. He then unexpectedly thanked The Readings for their concert, drawing exuberant praise and applause from everyone on board. The Readings and Southwest Airlines certainly saved the day, and they definitely improved the travelers’ perspective of the airport. Eric Reading describes this amazing situation best:

"We've played a ton of great shows for thousands of people, but playing this one show for a few hundred stranded travelers was about as good as it gets. It reminded us why we do what we do...doesn't get any more real than that."

Since that day, The Readings have received numerous e-mails praising them for their great performance, and travelers and fans alike thank fun-loving Southwest Airlines for embracing The Readings at Chicago Midway Airport.

The Readings, twin brothers Eric and Chris, are singer-songwriters who have captured the hearts of fans coast to coast, as well as major charitable organizations such as with the new release “She Brings Me Down,” and also the American Cancer Society.

For tour and CD information contact The Readings at For a personal interview contact Danker & Danker PR at 615-320-7453.

Contact: Deborah Danker

Danker & Danker PR 615-320-7453


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