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Middle Brow Hosting Traveling Record Fair Featuring Vinyl, Pizza And Live Music

The brewery and restaurant is one of 15 stops on the Paved Paradise tour, which has been organized by five independent record labels.

Middle Brow Bungalow at 2840 W. Armitage Ave.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Middle Brow will host a traveling record fair in September with a slew of vinyl records from indie record labels.

The Logan Square brewpub at 2840 W. Armitage Ave. is one of 15 stops on the “Paved Paradise” tour, which is being organized by five indie record labels: Numero Group based in Chicago, Jagjaguwar, Ghostly International, Dead Oceans and Secretly Canadian.

The fair, described as “part pop-up shop, part block party and part roadside fruit stand,” is scheduled to stop at Middle Brow Sept. 25.

At the event, people will get to shop for records released by the five participating labels. There will also be DJ sets and live performances.

Middle Brow is brewing a special beer and making a pizza for the occasion. More details will be released closer to the event, co-owner Pete Ternes said.

The event will be held outside under Middle Brow’s pergolas, though it’s possible it will spill out onto the street if Ternes can secure a city permit.

Ternes said the record fair is a natural fit for Middle Brow because music has always been part of the brewery’s identity. Middle Brow’s brewpub hosts a weekly concert series featuring local musicians; and in the early days of the brewery, staffers named beers after music they liked, Ternes said.

“The crews that are booking these events, the kind of music their artists play — it fits what we do,” he said.

Middle Brow’s brewpub, Bungalow, opened in early 2019, about eight years after Ternes and several others founded Middle Brow Beer Co. The brewpub has become known for its pizza, ranking No. 1 for Chicago’s best pizza, according to Chicago Magazine.

For more information on the event, visit the tour’s website.

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