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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:

CME Presents "Breedlove Guitars Exclusive Beer Pairing"

Thursday, October 26, 2017

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CDT

  • Chicago Music Exchange will host Breedlove Guitars and Deschutes Brewery on October 26 for a unique beer and guitar pairing event. Attendees will experience Breedlove Guitars paired with Deschutes Brewery beer samples. Each pairing will compliment each other in tone, taste and nuance. The event will also raise funds for Girls Rock! Chicago with a portion of the proceeds benefiting their programs.

    The event will include:

    -Exclusive beer pairings and demonstration/tasting stations for select acoustic guitars

    -An evening performance by acoustic guitarist Nathaniel Murphy

    -Great giveaways, swag and more from Breedlove and Chicago Music Exchange

    ***An invite-only VIP Event will be held from 5:00 p.m.– 6:30 p.m. This will showcase high end guitars and limited-batch beers from Deschutes Reserve Series. To learn how you can attend, call Chicago Music Exchange directly.

    About Breedlove Guitars

    Since 1990, Breedlove has been a passionate and innovative builder of remarkable stringed instruments, spurred by a desire to challenge convention and build the instruments of tomorrow. Breedlove’s master craftsmen craft acoustic instruments for artists seeking self-expression and liberation through music, but make no mistake: Breedlove’s world-class craftsmen don’t just build instruments, they design distinctively crafted sound. Visit us at www.breedloveguitars.com

    About Chicago Music Exchange

    Located in the heart of Chicago, Ill., Chicago Music Exchange is a local and online musical instrument retailer offering finest selection of guitars, amps, bass, effects, and drums & percussion in the world. With a specialization in vintage equipment, the company has served as the preeminent authority on all things gear since 1990.

    About Deschutes Brewery

    Family and employee owned since 1988, Deschutes Brewery – Bend’s original brewpub – has become the cornerstone of Central Oregon’s flourishing craft brew culture. Known for its generous use of whole hops in its defining beers such as Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, and Fresh Squeezed IPA, the brewery also keeps fans on the edge of their bar stools with the release of small batch experimental beers each season. Now available in 29 states and Washington D.C., Deschutes’ flagship brewpub has been joined by a main brewing facility overlooking the Deschutes River in Bend, a pub in Portland, and coming in 2021, a new east coast brewery in Roanoke, Virginia. www.deschutesbrewery.com

    About Girls Rock! Chicago

    Through our music education programs for girls and transgender & gender non-conforming (TGNC) youth ages 8 to 16, we are committed to educating girls and TGNC youth about the musical, technical, and creative aspects involved in musicianship because we believe that they are rarely encouraged to explore self-expressive creative outlets and are less likely to be given access to musical and technical instruction or equipment. We believe that music can be a crucial tool in allowing young women and TGNC youth to respond to preconceived notions of what they can do and what they can become. https://girlsrockchicago.org/

     

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    CME Presents "A BASSment Appearance by Bootsy Collins"

    Saturday, November 4, 2017

    4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CDT

  • Join Chicago Music Exchange and DR Handmade Strings live from the CME BASSment as we welcome one of the greatest funk and r&b bassists and bandleaders of all time...the one, the only Bootsy Collins!

    Like only the funkiest musicians can do, Bootsy will be taking over the BASSment for an exclusive meet and greet and signing session all afternoon long! Talk shop, play some gear and get your hands on some sweet giveaways and swag from DR Handmade Strings, GRUV GEAR and many more while supplies last!

     

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  • Past events at Chicago Music Exchange

      • 2017
      • An Evening with Tosin Abasi - Thursday, September 7, 2017
      • Jason Isbell In Store Appearance - Saturday September 2, 2017
      • VOX Day w/ Troy Van Leeuwen - Wednesday, August 2, 2017
      • An Evening with Marcus Miller - Wednesday, July 27th, 2017
      • Gretsch Custom Shop Celebration - Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
      • Jazz Brunch with Dave King Trucking Company - Saturday, June 10th, 2017
      • CME Pop-Up Series: Doyle Dykes Thursday, May 25th, 2017
      • EarthQuaker Devices Takeover Saturday, May 13th, 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