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Jeff Mangum Emerges For Pair Of Chicago Shows

By Kim Bellware in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 8, 2011 4:20PM

Jeff Mangum (photo via artist's Myspace page)
Yesterday Chicago music fans let out a collective "squee!" when it was announced that '90s rock icon, Elephant 6 co-founder Jeff Mangum would perform two shows at the Athenaeum Theatre this coming February.

Mangum kept an extremely low profile following the breakup of his main band, Neutral Milk Hotel, and hasn't officially played in Chicago since the band's last performance here in 1998 (Mangum has been spotted in the Windy City since then, including an unexpected appearance at the Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour in 2008).

The folks behind the Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements are presenting the February 6 and 7 shows, with $1 of each ticket benefiting Children of the Blue Sky, a charity supporting children in Mongolia.

Tickets for the shows go on sale at noon this Friday (the link is inactive till 12 p.m. that day and there's a four ticket limit per person). We don't anticipate a Wilco-like announcement of subsequent dates, so be sure you have your browsers fired up and ready to go.

Jeff Mangum plays on February 6 and 7, at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport Ave, 6:30 p.m., $38, all ages