Auris Presents, a new independent event production company, has been launched by Chicago-based music industry veterans, led by venue and nightlife operator Nick Karounos.

The company said its aim is to “elevate the music scene” with experiential and curated events at unique locations.

The new firm will promote a yet-to-be-announced schedule of socially distanced experiences for the remainder of 2020, in addition to a range of musical programming and immersive events in 2021.

As a member of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and the Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVL), Auris Presents will continue to host multi-genre events at owned venues, while also partnering with other local venues and promoters in Chicago and across the country to support the industry during an extraordinary time.

Karounos, who runs 4,000-capacity venue RADIUS, Concord Music Hall and Spring Awakening Music Festival, will be joined by event producer and partner Stuart Hackley of Loud Crowd, as well as managing partners John Curley of Paradigm Presents and Joe Quade of BAM Creates.

“I’m excited to bring this strong Chicago based team together, along with Stuart and the Loud Crowd team, who will continue to produce events throughout the country,” Karounos said. “They bring incomparable energy and experience to Auris Presents’ Midwest focus.”

The formation of the new company combines decades of experience from individuals with proven track records in event production, talent buying, nightlife, hospitality, and on-site operations across the United States.

Karounos brings his history as a large-scale event producer and owner/operator of nationally recognised venues, while Hackley contributes his talent buying expertise, and a diverse event management background. Hackely will apply a Midwest focus with Auris while continuing to lead the national charge via Loud Crowd, a national event company of which he is the founder.

Karounos continued: “The formation of Auris Presents and bringing this team together was essential for our venues to survive, especially RADIUS which opened just two weeks prior to the pandemic.

“The survival of independent promoters and venues is important to ensure one company isn’t able to monopolise the industry, causing less options for the artists and fans, inflated service fees, and complacency with the fan experience.”

Images: RADIUS/ Don Idio