WRIGLEYVILLE — For years, many Chicagoans started their day by listening to WXRT DJ Lin Brehmer, who called every day “a great day to be alive.” Brehmer’s engaging Midwest-nice-to-the-extreme personality made him beloved across the city and beyond.
Brehmer died in January after a battle with prostate cancer. Now WXRT is throwing a memorial concert on Aug. 19, which would have been Brehmer’s 69th birthday, at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.
“Lin Brehmer Day: A Celebration” will include performers like ‘XRT favorites Bob Mould and Los Lobos. The band The LinBurgers will also perform, featuring Jon Langford, Kelly Hogan, Matt Spiegel (Tributosaurus) and special guest Michael McDermott. The night will include tributes by Brehmer’s fellow WXRT DJs Terri Hemmert, Marty Lennartz, Annalisa, Ryan Arnold, Johnny Mars and Frank E. Lee.
The event page promises “a night of the greatest songs ever written, by some of the greatest artists Lin introduced to us.”
Tickets go on sale this Friday at noon. The event proceeds will benefit Intonation, which provides access to instruments, instruction, performance opportunities and mentorship to youth in the underserved communities of Chicago, and Nourishing Hope, formerly known as Lakeview Pantry.
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