July 17, 2007


The Audio/Visual Xplosion has officially announced the lineup of artists that will perform at the festival’s debut event being held at four venues in Chicago, IL from August 15th to 18th. The Audio/Visual Xplosion of A/V Xplo was created by Paul Heintz of the Chicago melodic rock outfit Midstates. The Xplo will have multiple music acts and DJs as well as the best in underground art. Instead of converting the art gallery into a music hall, the clubs are being converted into art space.

Four venues, four days, and over 100 visual artists will constitute this year's A/V Xplo from August 15-18. Tony Vega, local independent film and video writer/producer/director, is coordinating the artists. Each venue will feature at least 25 artists showing their best work all over the venues. Tony and Paul have designated a Captain for each evening to help facilitate the art layout and display. Angel Ledezma, drummer of Midstates, will Captain at the Empty Bottle on Wednesday, August 15; Dan Chambers, former A/V Xplo art director, will Captain the Double Door on Thursday, August 16; Eric Morris, bassist of Midstates and silkscreen artist will Captain the Subterranean on Friday, August 17 (18 and over); and former A/V Xplo art director Jessica Wagner, will Captain the finale at the Abbey Pub on Saturday, August 18 (6pm start / 18 and over).

Twenty-nine music groups as well as nine DJs will perform. They are: Plastic Crimewave Sound, The Bitter Tears, Smallwire, Renee-Louise Carafice, Avagami, The Saturday Nights, The New Ghosts, Nurses, Alan Astor, Brenmar, Miles Tillmann, Rue Royale, LMNOP, Theory Anesthetic, EE: Environmental Encroachment, Probably Vampires, Mixel Pixel, Zelienople, Dave Fischoff, Hostage Juliet, The Encyclopedias, Telephone Jim Jesus, Magical Beautiful, Ultra Sonic Edukators, Change!, Nymph, All Smiles and Midstates. As hosts, Midstates will perform the opening and closing sets as well as a short set on Thursday and Friday.

For more details on the music groups as well as the complete list of visual artists, visit http://avxplo.com.

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