Modern-day circus Brilliant Corners gives vaudeville a rock 'n' roll update

September 14, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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(Photo by Jim Newberry)
The Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusments fest aims to bring back the old-school circus with an indie twist.

Small circuses and indie rock acts will come together under the big top in Chicago over the weekend. Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements, a 3-day festival, was inspired in part by the Vaudeville days of old. It is the brainchild of Mike Reed – the man behind events like Pitchfork Music Festival and the Umbrella Music Festival. He teamed up with El Circo Cheapo Cabaret to put on the show. Eight Forty-Eight recently spoke with Reed and El Circo Cheapo aerialist Laura Lippert – who also works as a producer on Brilliant Corners. Reed gave potential attendees a heads-up on what the show had in store.

The festival runs Friday, September 16th through Sunday, September 18th at Eckhart Park in Chicago.

Music Button: CAVE, "Adam Roberts" from the release Neverendless (Drag City)
Music Button: Bomba Estereo, "La Boquilla" (Dixone remix)
Music Button: Sidi Touré & Jiba Touré, "Artiatan" from the release Sidi Touré & Friends (Thrill Jockey)
Music Button: Bill Callahan, "One Fine Morning" from the release Apocalypse (Drag City)
Music Button: Thelonious Monk, "Brilliant Corners" from the release Brilliant Corners (OJC)

Music Button: A Hawk and a Hacksaw and the Hun Hangár Ensemble "Zozobra" from the 7" of the same name