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Events

If you are looking for music events in Chicago, look no further. Chicago Music Exchange hosts unique and exciting music events in-store on a regular basis. From live artist performances, to price-slashing promo events, to musical demos and clinics we know how to entertain! Check out our upcoming CME events below:

  • Gretsch Custom Shop Celebration and Concert

  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    7:00–8:30PM CDT
  • Join us in celebrating "That Great Gretsch Sound".

    LIVE In-Person...

  • * STEPHEN STERN Gretsch Custom Shop Master Builder

  • * BRAD DAVIS - Texas Twang-Master Guitarist & Grammy Award Winner

  • * JOE CARDUCCI Gretsch Product Marketing Specialist

    Free of Charge! All Ages!

  • Free Gretsch Swag & Prizes!

  • Free Drawing for a chance to WIN a Gretsch CUSTOM SHOP 130th Anniversary G6118-130 Guitar - Serial Number: PROTO TYPE

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  • Jazz Brunch With Dave King Trucking Company
    Presented by Zildjian and Vic Firth

  • Saturday, June 10, 2017
    12:00–2:00PM CDT
  • Drummers, there’s nothing like donuts and killer jazz to get your weekend started, and we’ve got both live here within the friendly confines of the CME showroom!

    Join us for an exclusive weekend of jazz goodness with the Bad Plus’ Dave King and his solo outfit, the Dave King Trucking Company along with plenty of surprises!

    This intimate in-store clinic and performance will include:

    • A Special Q&A and panel discussion with the band
    • An intimate in-store performance
    • Limited-time, in-store only promotions on Zildjian products
    • Testing stations on Dave’s favorite cymbals and sticks
    • An opportunity to play rare Zildjian prototypes
    • Great in-store swag and giveaways
    • And much more!

    To learn more about Dave King, click here.

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  • Past events at Chicago Music Exchange

      • 2017
      • A Night with Guitar Makers: Bob Taylor and Andy Powers - Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
      • 2016
      • Fender Custom Shop Road Show w/ Dennis Galuszka - Thursday, December 8th, 2016
      • An Evening with Paul Reed Smith - Thursday, December 1st, 2016
      • Ultimate Pedalboard Workshop - Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
      • DR Strings Pure Detail Event/Free Re-String - Friday, November 4th, 2016
      • Gibson 2017 Fall Test Drive Event - Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
      • CME Pop-Up Series: Doyle Bramhall II - Thursday, October 27th, 2016
      • Martin Experience Event with Chris Martin IV - Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
      • Taylor Guitars “Find Your Fit” and Restring Event - Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
      • Bill Dickens Bass Clinic - Thrusday, September 29th, 2016
      • Lakeview Live! Concerts On The Curb - Thursday, June 16th & July 21st, and August 18th, 2016
      • Reverend Horton Heat Autograph Signing - Saturday, June 25th, 2016
      • Elixir Strings Restring Event - Saturday, June 25th, 2016
      • An Evening with Bakithi Kumalo - Friday, June 17th, 2016
      • Chicago Drum Show - Saturday and Sunday, May 21st and 22nd, 2016
      • Daru Jones Meet n' Greet - Thursday, April 26th, 2016
      • D'Addario Playback String Recycle and Restring Event - Thursday, April 7th, 2016
      • Songwriting Workshop with Brian Grilli - Thursday, March 24th, 2016
      • Taylor "Roll Out" Event - Thursday, February 11th, 2016
      • 2015
      • Chicago Music Exchange's 25th Anniversary Sale - Saturday, October 10th, 2015
      • Gibson Acoustic Event - Wednesday, August 26, 2015
      • Fender Tune-up Event - Wednesday, July 15, 2015
      • Mark Guiliana Drum Clinic - Thursday, July 2, 2015
      • Billy Sheehan Bass Clinic - Monday, June 8, 2015
      • Bryan Beller Bass Clinic - Thursday, May 28th, 2015 - Read the blog
      • Earthquaker Devices Clinic featuring Juan Alderete - Tuesday, May 26, 2015
      • 3rd Annual Spring Cleaning - Tuesday, May 26, 2015
      • Hot Rod Your Guitar - Thursday, April 23, 2015 - Read the blog
      • 2015 Taylor Road Show - Wednesday, March 18, 2015
      • 2014
      • Paul Reed Smith Event - Friday, December 12, 2014
      • Legends Bass Clinic - Thursday, November 20, 2014
      • Startup Grind with David Kalt - Tuesday, November 18, 2014
      • Sabian Vault Cymbal Sampling Event - Saturday, November 1, 2014
      • Dwarfcraft Meet'N'Greet - Saturday, October 18, 2014
      • Zack Vex Z.Vex Meet'N'Greet - Tuesday, August 26, 2014
      • Will Champlin Meet'N'Greet - Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      • Kim Carnes & Rock For Kids - Saturday, June 14, 2014
      • Otis Taylor Meet'n'Greet - Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - Watch the Video
      • Xotic Bass Day - Saturday, May 31, 2014
      • Dennis Fano Clinic - Thursday, May 22, 2014 - Watch the Video
      • 2014 Spring Cleaning - Saturday, May 10, 2014 - Read the blog
      • Taylor Road Show - Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      • Anthony Wellington Bass Lessons - Sunday, April 6, 2014
      • Bill Dickens Bass Clinic - Thursday, April 3, 2014 - Read the blog Watch the Video
      • Drew Shirley Gear Demo - Wednesday, April 2, 2014
      • 2013
      • Dave King Drum Clinic - Wednesday, December 18, 2013
      • PRS Event - Saturday, December 7, 2013
      • The Martin Experience - Thursday, November 14, 2013
      • Sabian Cymbal Vote - Saturday, October 26, 2013
      • Dweezil Zappa Masterclass - October 10, 2013 - Read the blog
      • Grand Opening of the BASSment - September 28, 2013
      • Yamaha Electronic Drum Clinic with Kenny Aronoff - August 21, 2013
      • Reverend Horton Heat LIVE, Sponsored by Gretsch - August 20, 2013
      • Gibson Montana Night - July 31, 2013
      • Taylor Road Show - April 17, 2013
      • Paul Reed Smith Meet-and-Greet - March 16, 2013
      • Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band Master Class - March 14, 2013
      • 2012
      • Gibson Five-Star - November 14, 2012
      • Mark Hanson - November 9, 2012 - watch video
      • Premier Builders Guild presents Matt Schofield - November 7, 2012
      • Afternoon w/JHS and Jackson Ampworks - September 27, 2012
      • Pure Blues Summit - September 23, 2012
      • Jimmy Chamberlin Drum Clinic - August 23, 2012
      • Keith Carlock Drum Clinic - April 25, 2012
      • Taylor Road Show 2012 - March 30, 2012
      • Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven, Live - January 2, 2012
      • 2011
      • Jojo Mayer Drum Clinic - December 5, 2011
      • Drum Tuning Workshop - November 15, 2011
      • Fender Clinic with Greg Koch - September 22, 2011
      • Cordoba Guitars Clinic - September 8, 2011
      • School of Rock Chicago live performance - August 28, 2011
      • Taylor Guitars Restring Event - June 21, 2011
      • Victoria Amplifiers with founder Mark Baier - June 10, 2011
      • Gibson USA Experience with Bart Walsh - April 20, 2011