Charting the World of Live Music with The Barn Presents

8 Nov

As advocates for innovation within the live event industry, we’re always excited to introduce our fans to other companies and websites that tackle music and events in fresh, new ways.  Recently, we’ve discovered the awesome, Chicago-based site, The Barn Presents. By publishing clever, comprehensive music-related infographics – including visual setlists, venn diagrams, and more – the Barn Presents strives to “chart the word of live music.”

“We started The Barn in 2009 as a way to see if we could bring great live music to our suburban hometown [La Grange]. It has expanded over the last year into a full service music blog exploring the music we love in ways that we felt other sources weren’t covering,” says Co-Founder Steve Siegel.

They approach live event data from original, creative angles and package this data in accessible graphics. For example, their visual setlists provide “contextual information about songs performed at concerts via font sizes, colors and other attributes.”  So, if you’re looking at the visual setlist from this summer’s Phish show in Watkins Glen NY – posted below – you’ll see the songs that were played listed in different sizes and shades. These shades and colors represent the frequency of the song played, tour debuts, and special performances. In other words, these graphics give the live event junkie a brand new way to interpret the show they’ve just seen.

The Barn Presents also throws a number of events throughout the year and you can RSVP for their upcoming show right now on FanFueled. Featuring Mr. Blotto and the Vasoconstrictors, this event celebrates their second anniversary. Check them out here and on Facebook.

“Though we’ve expanded to offer some insight into our favorite national bands, we’ve always tried to bring great Chicago area coverage as well,” says Siegel. “We’re following an incredible roster of local, regional and national bands of all shapes, sizes and types and are excited to create and showcase charts, graphs, infographics, audio streams and iPod ready downloads, videos, features and reviews of the best stuff in the area.”

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