About Us, History, Mission and More
Chicago Acoustic Underground
Chicago Acoustic Underground is an original music podcast series, featuring over 400 acoustic artists and full electric bands from Chicago, the region, the nation and the world. For over five years, CAU podcasts have featured the best original singer-songwriters and bands, who showcase their music with live performances and in-depth interviews in an intimate setting. CAU podcasts are downloaded in over 40 countries.
The CAU Studio is located near Armitage & Halsted in Chicago. Tucked away humbly in this Chicago neighborhood is the hub of CAU: a music machine that supports original artists to reach new fans and heights.
Host Michael Teach has worked throughout the nation and the world with touring bands and has earned kudos presenting artists ranging from Harry Chapin and B.B. King to Hank Williams, Jr. in his vast industry experience. His passion for original music is unsurpassed, and the entire CAU team is boldly pushing forward to create opportunities for original musicians at every level.
CAU podcasts are for you and fans worldwide to enjoy: Podcasts can be downloaded, 100% free, including pictures, interviews and songs. Genres include but are not limited to: folk, rock, pop, jazz, blues, world, alternative, country, alt-country, Americana and much much more.
In addition, CAU has a "sister label" named CAUDog Records offering full-length albums for some of the best "hidden gem" bands and artists in Chicago and the world. (www.caudogrecords.com). CAUDog Records is the namesake of Buffy. If you don't know Buffy now, you will be glad when you do.
Chicago Acoustic Underground exists to bring original music to fans across the world. CAUDog Records presents and supports live music events in Chicago. We've workled with venues including Bottom Lounge, Viaduct Theater, Subterranean, Reggie's Rock Club, Hidden Shamrock, and many more. We provide booking and networking services, as well as promotional support.
Our CAU Event Listing offers a "go-to" place to find out about the best original shows across the city.
CAU PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
CAU was started in 2006 by Jacob Covington, Engineer Michael Narvaez and Host Michael Teach as an online stage, open 24/7, where original music has the spotlight. This "stage", also known as the CAU website, is active in over 40 countries and offers free downloads of original music, photos and interviews. Started in Chicago, IL USA, the three founders saw the need for singer-songwriters to find a listening audience. This started with website development, a whole lot of server space, and a growing audience of listeners, fans and artists. CAU is expanding with live sound, mobile recording, HD video, album production, promotion, booking, artist development and more.
As a staff and team of original musicians, we know the ropes of the business from many angles whether it's sound engineering, marketing, songwriting (does anything rhyme with orange?), instrument repair, performance jitters, lodging, regional tours, local shows, press releases, Facebook and Twitter to name a few. We know how demanding it is to wear your heart on your sleeve, and wear many hats, as an independent musician. We are here to offer active musicians access to the engaged fans we've cultivated over five years of amazing original music.
Co-Founder, Host, CAUDog Records Executive Producer: Michael Teach
Co-Founder, Engineer: Michael Narvaez
Mixing/Editing Engineer: Barrett Tasky
Publicist, Talent Buyer: Hannah Frank
Legal Counsel: Jeff Brown, Esq.
Head of Video Dept.: Alex Thorn
CAU Merchandise Manager: Debbie Mac
Plus, many more CAU Stafff and Team behind the scenes of each and every podcast and live event.