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Neko Case To Perform Free Concert At Poetry Foundation Open House

Singer-songwriter Neko Case will perform an intimate concert before 180 fans as part of the Poetry Foundation's Open House at 61 West Superior Street. The special show will take place Saturday, June 25, at 8:30 p.m. in the new building's performance space.

Ninety pairs of free tickets to the performance will be awarded via a lottery drawing. Fans may enter the lottery by going to

The Poetry Foundation will accept entries from 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 20, to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21. A drawing will take place after the entries have been received, and winners will be notified by email on June 22.

Known for "songwriting skills [that] tend to eschew visceral connections for intellectual intrigue and poetic mystery" (Pitchfork, March 2006), Case is a lover of poetry who has been published in Poetry magazine.

In the November 2007 issue, as part of the magazine's "View from Here" series, Case contributed an essay called "My Flaming Hamster Wheel of Panic about Publicly Discussing Poetry in This Respected Forum." Case's piece countered the misconception that poetry is for the elite.

"Poetry is for everyone. That belief animates the Poetry Foundation, and it's a message that Neko Case has conveyed poignantly in her essay in Poetry magazine," said Poetry Foundation president John Barr. "How exciting, then, that she will help us open our new building to the people of Chicago with a performance of her own music."

Case's breakout album, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, was released in 2006 and was widely considered one of the best of that year. Her 2009 follow-up, Middle Cyclone, debuted at number three on the Billboard charts.

She will tour extensively this summer and will return to Chicago in July to play the Pitchfork Music Festival.


See also: Darling Neko


Comments welcome.


Posted on June 21, 2011

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