Competing for Chicago's music club crowd

January 18, 2012

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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Veteran talent buyer Sean McDonough is charged with booking talent at both the House of Blues and the Bottom Lounge.

War is good for nothing but Chicago seemed to be in the midst of perhaps a new chapter in the local club wars. WBEZ music blogger and host of Sound Opinions, Jim DeRogatis, recently blogged about how the concert behemoth Ticketmaster/Live Nation was looking for more action on the mid-sized club front.

The company recently hired veteran talent buyer Sean McDonough to book the House of Blues and to continue programming the Bottom Lounge. This could have far-reaching implications for Chicago's other music venues. DeRogatis joined Eight Forty-Eight to discuss the latest in the battle to bend Chicago club goers ears.