Show to go on for Marina City, the band
Loop North News


Marina City

30-Mar-12 – After $4,000 worth of gear was stolen from them a few weeks before “the biggest show of our lives,” Marina City did what any modern Chicago band would do – they logged onto social media websites and pleaded for help.

On March 26, with a show at House of Blues just five days away, the band announced on its Facebook page that it had raised more than $3,000.

“We can not thank everyone enough for all the donations, support and love,” wrote Marina City. “We have only been a band for such a short time and what we have already accomplished is absolutely amazing.”

The good news kept coming. On Thursday, the band learned that the HOB show at Marina City – the mixed-use complex – was officially sold out. They are scheduled to appear with three other bands at a show called “The Action Blast.”

“This has been a dream of ours since we picked up an instrument and can’t believe we will be living it on Saturday.”

On March 7, a car owned by band member Brian Johnson was broken into as it sat in a parking garage at 600 South Clark Street. The band had just auditioned for a music competition at nearby Columbia College, where two members are students. When they returned to the car, they found the rear passenger side window smashed. Gone were two guitars, two synthesizers, and other gear.

Calling the loss “the worst thing that could happen to a musician,” the band made a video and took to social networking sites to try to raise money or at least put people on alert for the stolen gear.

 Related story: Marina City band gear stolen

By Steven Dahlman | Loop North News |

Published 30-Mar-12 1:03 AM

Loop North News


What’s news in the Loop and Near North neighborhoods of downtown Chicago.

Signup for our weekly email. No ads and no charge. Just enter your email address here...

Number of subscribers:
See this week’s update

More stories

Structural Engineers Association of Illinois Summer Happy Hour. Stop by to catch up with friends and peers, meet new members, and introduce fellow engineers to SEAOI. Board and committee members will be on hand to answer questions about the organization. Enjoy free appetizers, fascinating conversation, fantastic raffle prizes, and a free round on SEAOI. Please RSVP and bring a friend. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tradition Gastro Pub, 160 North Franklin Street. Map. More info.

ACTIVATE: Scene Change, Chicago Loop Alliance’s next ACTIVATE event, transforms a hidden alley through the art of lighting and set design in celebration of the City of Chicago’s Year of Chicago Theatre. Guests will experience interactive tech, DJs, live performers, body painting, and more – all in the alley behind one of the Loop’s iconic theaters. 5:00-10:00 p.m., Auditorium Theatre alley, 416 South Michigan Avenue. Guests who RSVP in advance receive a free drink ticket, with additional beverages available for purchase on site. Map. More info.
More events

Biggest Gainers & Losers

339.99 8.24

105.44 3.26

193.17 1.84

137.23 1.72

Downtown Chicago Stocks