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Fun fact: Milwaukee and Chicago are only 90-some miles apart, though when it comes to the cities’ music scenes, that number may as well be 9,000. Two scrappy music blogs aim to change that with “Sound Swap,” a new series that will find two Chicago bands coming to town and opening for a Milwaukee headliner, and vice versa. According to the organizers of the event—Milwaukee’s Local Playlist and Chicago’s Chrome Attic—the purpose of “Sound Swap” is to “open up two separate music networks and ‘exchange’ bands from different cities.” Think of it like that Celebrity Wife Swap show, but with more local music and less Gary Busey.
The series kicks off at 8 p.m. tonight at Yield Bar with Chicago’s Derek Nelson And The Musicians and Chaperone opening for Milwaukee’s own The Celebrated Workingman. Two days later, The Delta Routine and Kane Place Record Club will make the trip down south and open for Chicago’s Shiloh at the Crown Tap Room.
Whether or not these shows will create a shining musical bridge between the two cities remains to be seen, though with songs like The Celebrated Workingman’s “Content Content,” anything is possible.