Delicious DIRT Is Stoked To AMP IT UP For Intonation Music Workshop



Wilco, The Autumn Defense Amp It Up for Local Music Education.
Bands to donate signed guitar, play acoustic set for Intonation Music Workshop Gala

Amp It Up! A Gala Fundraiser for Intonation Music Workshop
10/13
Thursday, October 13th 6-10 PM Alhambra Palace, 1240 W. Randolph. Tickets $100 Adv, $110 @ door. Discounted advance tickets are available HERE

IMW's Pop Tots

Not a lot we love more than children, music, charity + food -> especially when it involves a charity near and dear to our hearts such as the Intonation Music Workshop (IMW). IMW is a band-based after-school music program which provides access to instruments, instruction, performance opportunities, and a unique pop-band curriculum to children who would not otherwise have the opportunity, creating a safe and upbeat environment during after-school hours. The IMW approach is innovative in its focus on pop music, which engages the kids’ energies in a fun, dynamic, and productive learning experience.

IMW’s event at Alhambra Palace is sure to knock your socks off. We could not have created a better night. We know you Delicious DIRT devotees will not only agree, but you’ll also want to get involved and you will. Make a difference while eating and playing. This is one event you’re sure to meet hotties, cuties, and network with a wonderful group of young professionals.

Hot Doug's by Valerie Munz

Some heavy hitters on the culinary scene are getting in on the auction as well, with Half-Acre donating a private brewery tour. Haute Sausage’s Gourmet Food Truck is donating two $25 gift certificates that are surely to leave you craving more…


Sweetness = encased meats legend Hot Doug putting the much coveted Celebrity Sausage of the Day naming up for bid. This even we can not pass up bidding on. We can just see it now, the Delicious DIRT: mustard, relish, tomatoes, swiss and sauerkraut with a pickle. YUM.

The event will be emceed by Dan Bernstein of Chicago’s 670AM and will also include open bar, dinner, silent and live auctions, and a performances from killer IMW student Rock bands including The Pop Tots, Chicago’s youngest band! Acclaimed rock bands Wilco and The Autumn Defense are bringing “The Whole Love” to Intonation Music Workshop‘s gala fundraiser on October 13th at Alhambra Palace in support of the local non-profit’s after-school rock band program for kids in under-served Chicago communities.

The Autumn Defense (Pat Sansone and John Stirrat of Wilco) are taking a short break from the massive fall tour supporting Wilco’s new album to play a special acoustic set at the event and IMW Honorary Board member Sansone has also gotten his bandmates in Wilco to sign a new chocolate brown Fender Telecaster Deluxe Guitar, which will be the top live auction item at the event.

These are just a few of the rare and unique items up for bid at this year’s silent and live auctions!  Others donations + packages include the following: The Hideout, Schubas/Lincoln Hall, The Metro, Chicago Blackhawks, The Peninsula Hotel, ABC’s Private Practice, AM 670 The SCORE,  Nature Yoga, Winifred Grace, The Wellness Studio, Dolan Geiman, Found Magazine, Pockets, The Ritz-Carlton Chicago and many more!

Check out IMW on Philanthroper.com

Intonation Music Workshop (IMW) is a band-based after-school music program which provides access to instruments, instruction, performance opportunities, and a unique pop-band curriculum to children who would not otherwise have the opportunity, creating a safe and upbeat environment during after-school hours.

Our approach is innovative in its focus on pop music, which engages the kids’ energies in a fun, dynamic, and productive learning experience. Our goal with each class is to form a band, reaching beyond the benefits of music lessons to foster a spirit of teamwork and collaboration in the classroom and beyond. Through the process of learning to play instruments, choosing songs, rehearsing as a band, and performing for the community, our students discover that with teamwork, dedication, and self-expression, the stage is set for success in whatever they choose to do in life. Our Instructors work closely with the kids as they explore each aspect of the rock band format- drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and vocals- before choosing their niche and forming a band with fellow students. Once formed, the bands are mentored through weeks of preparation for a community performance. In the past these have included local arts nights, all ages club shows, The Bud Billiken Parade, Lollapalooza and the Millennium Park Family Fun Festival.

About our friend, the wonderful Michael Simons, Founder/Executive Director of IMW. While spending his college senior year abroad in Sweden, Mike conducted a study project on free band-based after-school music programs. Years later, as a lead panel member at Community Panels For Youth in Chicago, he became convinced that such programming could become a crucial community resource in Chicago. A year later he started the Intonation Music Workshop. Professionally, Mike spent his twenties traveling the world as a tour director, after which he landed in Chicago and co-founded Skyline Chicago Tour & Travel, a tour planning and special events company. A practicing musician and avid fan, Mike’s love of music led him and his partners to found the Intonation Music Festival, a production company that presented an  acclaimed two-day independent music extravaganza in Chicago’s Union Park in 2005 & 2006. Mike plays bass and drums in several bands.

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