* FanFound
* Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival
* Saving Tiny Hearts Society
* Prevent Child Abuse America
* Purdue Research Park of Northwest Indiana

December 7, 2009

Purdue Research Park-based firm co-produces 2nd annual Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival

CHICAGO. - Fans of bluegrass and the blues can enjoy 25 musical acts over 13 hours during a festival on Saturday (Dec. 12) that also will serve as a benefit event for two organizations committed to improving children's lives.

Officials of FanFound - a Chicago-based social networking site for musicians, music fans and music venues - are co-sponsoring and organizing the second annual Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival. FanFound was developed by officials at Chordcraft Music Company, located at the Purdue Research Park of Northwest Indiana in Merrillville, Ind.

The festival will start at 11 a.m. and last until midnight at Chicago's Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the Congress Theater box office or online at,  or A portion of the box office revenue will be donated to the Saving Tiny Hearts Society, a non-profit organization that raises money for research of congenital heart defects, and Prevent Child Abuse America.

"The inaugural Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival showcased outstanding music performances to more than 3,000 music fans last year. Bringing musicians and fans together is FanFound's mission," said Chris Bauman, CEO of FanFound and Chordcraft Music Company. "This year's festival will include more musicians and will last two hours longer. We look to reach a larger audience, too, which will raise more money for the Saving Tiny Hearts Society and Prevent Child Abuse America."

The artist lineup for the festival includes headliners Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and Dr. Dog. Other performers include Emmitt-Nershi Band, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, The Giving Tree Band, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Van Ghost, Majors Junction, Chicago Farmer, Jaik Willis, Mike Mangione & The Band, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Tangleweed, Environmental Encroachment, Squeeze-bot, GreenSugar, How Far to Austin, Liberty Bluegrass Band, The Right Now, Cobalt & the Hired Guns, The Shams Band, Goodbyehome, The Junior League Band and the winner of the Last Banjo Standing contest.


About FanFound

Since its conception in 2006, FanFound has promoted online social networking, ad-supported content distribution and fan-designed live music events. Acting upon their motto "Saving Music, One Fan at a Time," officials at FanFound aim to help fans, artists and venues collaborate to shape their respective musical communities. Located in downtown Chicago, FanFound continues to develop a suite of services that will pave the way to an integrated "Music 2.0" industry.


About Purdue Research Park of Northwest Indiana

The Purdue Research Park of Northwest Indiana sits on 386 acres west of I-65 in Merrillville. This laboratory and office facility serves as the anchor for the state-certified technology park - AmeriPlex at the Crossroads - under development by Purdue Research Foundation and Holladay Properties. The 48,000-square-foot Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana is slated to expand to 60,000 square feet in 2010. It opened as Purdue's first satellite technology center in January 2005 and currently serves 24 technology-based tenants, and employment within the center currently numbers approximately 100, including researchers with advanced degrees, recent college graduates and interns.

To the Purdue Research Park,

Purdue Research Park contact:
Steve Martin, (765) 588-3342,

Chris Bauman, (866) 687-4279,