Memoirs from the train… on Doug Aitken’s Station to Station tour.  Originally published via Art Nerd Chicago.

Tuesday, September 10th

Chicago Union Station 

It was hot in Chicago – a typical humid, Midwestern scorcher.  We loaded up on green juice and got settled into the production office.

Setting up at Union Station

Setting up at Union Station

Best stage plot... ever = Caught on Tape

Best stage plot… ever = Caught on Tape

 White Mystery and The Black Monks of Mississippi joined us at the Chicago Happening along with Caught on Tape (Thurston Moore/John Moloney) who traveled with us from the east coast, and Mavis Staples.  Legend.
Moore/Moloney sound check nerd-out moment

Moore/Moloney sound check nerd-out moment

Mavis slays us

Mavis slays us

Chicago also became the place where our producers started an Urs Fischer Yurt tradition: the impromptu, acoustic guitar bed-in performances.  You never knew when one of the STS artists might end up in the white yurt with a guitar.  Ariel Pink, Tim Koh and Eleanor Friedberger all enjoyed some Urs Fischer time.

Urs Fischer Yurt.  Site of several impromptu, acoustic guitar bed-in performances.

Urs Fischer Yurt. Site of several impromptu, acoustic guitar bed-in performances.

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