It’s a little odd that the Chicago Public Library, an institution that’s probably shushed thousands of people over the years, last month encouraged locals to make noise, and lots of it. But ironic or not, the Sound Off! competition received over 40 entries from Chicago musicians eager to sing about their favorite city. Now the votes are in, with rapper Psalm One taking home the grand prize for “My Bucket Song” and Shawn Pennington’s “Doors Closing” winning the people’s vote.
Both artists will perform at the celebratory Sound Off concert, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Pritzker Park (344 S. State, across from the Harold Washington Library). It’s free, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t be there and cheering for these great local artists. We promise, no one will give you a dirty look.
Psst…for a quieter library-sponsored event, check out author Michael Chabon, who will read from and sign his new memoir, Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father and Son, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Harold Washington Library’s Pritzker Auditorium.