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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Valerie Galassini
JD Events/Motion PR
(312) 670-8946

Nation’s First Audio Con Presented by AXPONA to Provide Immersive Experience for Lovers of Music and Sound
Audio Expo North America (AXPONA) Returns to Chicagoland April 24-26 for Third Straight Year

(ROSEMONT, Ill.) – Since 2009, AXPONA has led the industry as North America’s premier event for audiophiles, manufacturers of high-end audio equipment, musicians, and music lovers alike. Celebrating its third straight year in Chicago and its second year at The Westin O’Hare, the renowned event will return to the city known for its vibrant, eclectic music scene from April 24 – April 26, punctuated by a few harmonious surprises and appealing to the music lover in all of us, with special guest performances by jazz singer and pianist Patricia Barber and notable blues artist John Primer.

JD Events, the producers of AXPONA, recently established a partnership with LeftField Media, the co-creators behind New York Comic Con. Together they engineered Audio Con, a dazzling aural extravaganza for music lovers on all points of the spectrum. The three-day experience will feature multiple hotel floors packed with listening rooms, exhibit floors, seminars and live music performances.

 “We are thrilled about the partnership JD Events has entered into with LeftField Media,” said AXPONA founder Steve Davis. “Music is a universal language. With the creation of Audio Con, we’re able to broaden our reach beyond the industry insiders to offer an unparalleled experience, giving music fans a once-in-a-lifetime chance to interact with the future of music.”

Along with Audio Con comes the addition of musical performances from highly-regarded Chicago musicians. On Friday night, American jazz star and Chicago local, Patricia Barber, will take the stage to share her witty, smooth and soulful sound with the crowd. From her ingenious writing to her unmatched vocals, Barber’s talent is well known throughout Chicago’s jazz scene. On Saturday evening, the audience will be graced with the musical presence of Grammy Award and Blues Music Award Nominee, John Primer. Known for his gig as the house band at the world famous Theresa’s Lounge in Chicago, Primer is, as his album title suggests, “The Real Deal.”

The event also offers over 125 high fidelity listening rooms, providing music fanatics the enviable opportunity to experience the newest technology in high-end listening products. Notable exhibitors will include YG Acoustics, Audio Research, Pass Labs, Kef, Clearaudio, Focal, MBL, Legacy, Audeze, Sennheiser, Koss, Mobile Fidelity, Music Direct, Elusive Disc, Acoustic Sounds, Nordost and more.

The Audiophile Marketplace and Ear Gear Expo also have hundreds of products and accessories from cables and headphones to original and remastered recordings in multiple genres and formats. Beyond the live music and exhibitors, Audio Con also includes seminars that tackle the “must know” topics and issues relevant to the most discerning audiophiles, as well as give demonstrations and introductions to music lovers who are just entering the world of high-end audio. Topics include streaming, personal audio, turntable set up, hi-res audio, loud speaker/room measurement and beyond. Some featured panelists include Michael Fremer, Analog Planet; Matt Earley, Gotta Groove Records; Jeff Merkel, University of Colorado, Denver/Merkel Acoustics; and Jim Smith, author of “Get Better Sound Through the Sound Barrier.”

The event takes place on Friday, April 24, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information about the event, please visit www.axpona.com

About JD Events
JD Events is dedicated to the creation of targeted and innovative industry-leading events that deliver results. The company brings together highly qualified buying audiences, education-rich content and high-level networking opportunities -- all geared toward increasing business transactions in the markets it serves. For more information, visit: http://www.jdevents.com.

About LeftField Media, LLC
LeftField Media, LLC is an events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion. LeftField Media was formed in partnership in 2014 by Greg Topalian (President, LeftField Media), Britton Jones (President & CEO of Business Journals, Inc), Mac Brighton (Chairman & COO of Business Journals Inc), and Sharon Enright (Vice President of Business Journals Inc). While LeftField Media is a new company, its founders have over 100 years of combined experience in media and event production. With a keen sense of the ever-evolving needs of the industry as well as the new opportunities created by change, LeftField Media takes a clean slate approach to the business.