About Chicago Acoustic Underground

Chicago Acoustic Underground is an original music podcast series, featuring over 500 acoustic artists and full electric bands from Chicago, the region, the nation and the world. For over fifteen 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.


  • Featuring nationally-recognized talent, American Idol Runner-Up Crystal Bowersox, as well as American Idol finalist Didi Benami
  • Featuring world-class talent, Shawn Phillips (he taught George Harrison to play Sitar)
  • Featuring regional movers and shakers, such as Daphne Willis (Vanguard Records artist)
  • Booking acts featured world-wide in Rolling Stone (Austin's Jessie Torrisi and The Please, Please Me)
  • Booking and promoting acts featured nationally at SXSW 2011 and 2012
  • Utilizing top gear including PreSonus 24.4.2 mixing board and two dedicated Mixing and Mastering Engineers to offer unsurpassed quality recordings that combine a comfortable, intimate setting with studio quality sound
  • Promoting over 50 local shows per year
  • Developing CAUDog Records
  • Multi-camera HD Video of live shows resulting in top-quality video for live shows and promotion for artists and their fans
  • Giving back: Supporting organizations including Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, Connections for Abused Women and their Children and Chroidaremia Research Foundation and the American Red Cross
  • Connecting with musicians: Sponsoring events including Chicago's Guitarfest
  • Connecting with fans: growing email list, the CAU Mailing List offering free music downloads and special treats. (It's free, sign up!)
  • Connecting fans with music: CAU music on iTunes, sharing news through RSS feed, Posterous 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.