Ed Drzazinski

Meet Ed Drzazinski: The Man Behind Louder Chicago

Ed Drzazinski runs Louder Chicago, an event listing site and blog focused on concerts and events in the city. Previously a small-venue concert promoter, he now supports Chicago’s live music scene and entertainment culture through his blogs. He also manages Chicago Fests, a site dedicated to the city’s vibrant festival life.

With over two decades of experience in the Chicago music scene, Ed thoroughly enjoys the city’s diverse entertainment offerings. He has independently organized over 500 shows, booked events at more than 30 different venues, and collaborated with numerous club owners and promoters. He has also managed talent, loves to DJ events, and enjoys being involved in all the happenings around the city.

Q: How did you get started in the Chicago music scene?

A: I began my journey in the early 2000s by booking local bands and punk shows in the south suburbs. I wanted to work in the music industry, so I started out by asking clubs if I could book shows for them. Eventually, I organized a homegrown festival from 2005-2009 which featured headliners like Flatfoot 56, Local H, The Lawrence Arms, and The Smoking Popes.

Q: What inspired you to start Louder Chicago?

A: Over the years, I’ve shifted towards more behind-the-scenes work rather than being out every weekend working on events. Plus, I’ve learned more and more about marketing, and it’s a lot easier to support the scene in a digital world. It makes sense to me since I can still support Chicago music and promote events but not be so involved in organizing them.

Q: Are you still booking shows and what are your future plans?

A: While I am not as actively booking shows as I once was, I still organize occasional events through my blogs, Louder Chicago and Chicago Fests. My focus has shifted towards curating and promoting specialized events that align with the content of my blogs. In the future, I plan to continue supporting the local music scene through these platforms and explore new ways to bring unique and engaging events to the community.

Q: What are some of your notable accomplishments?

A: Over the years, I have independently organized over 500 shows, including national acts like Local H, Faster Pussycat, and Agent Orange. I co-promoted major events such as Death (from Detroit) on New Year’s Eve in 2013, which sold out and garnered national buzz from Spin Magazine and Brooklyn Vegan. I also managed the band The Hallow, achieving significant milestones such as a headlining show at the Metro and multiple media features. Additionally, I have organized and promoted various DJ parties and worked closely with club owners and co-promoters.