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Preview Thu May 24 2012

Wicker Park Fest Announces Initial Lineup

Just a few days ago, the lineup for Chicago's beloved Wicker Park Fest was announced, set to take place on July 28 and July 29. If you're unfamiliar with the event, Wicker Park Fest is set to gain 65,000 visitors over its two-day span, which is impressive in itself. Beyond its established attendance records, this street fest is located in one of Chicago's most treasured artsy neighborhoods, featuring distinctive restaurants, unique shops, and a diverse art and music scene.

Beyond the innovative and expansive art and performance aspects of the event, Wicker Park Fest always delivers by establishing a stellar music lineup, and this year is no different. The acts announced to play sets on July 28 begin with Cursive, indie rock band that just released their energetic album I Am Gemini on February 12. Next is Brooklyn-based band The Drums, who emit an upbeat, percussive, and perfect-for-summertime sound. Take a listen to their song "How It Ended" below:

Finishing out the day's lineup is Kill Hannah, local punk rock musicians. They haven't released an album since Wake Up The Sleepers in 2009, but you wouldn't guess that by their persistently strong fan base that has kept them a driving force in the world of punk rock music.

July 29 begins by featuring innovative instrumental outfit The Budos Band, comprised of ten members with a penchant for a range of music styles. Soul, funk, and hip-hop beats all mesh together to form a wonderful conglomerate of psychedelic sound. Next up is Memphis band Lucero, featuring a gritty Southern style infused with big sound and down-home country roots. Joe Pug is the last musical guest announced. A Chicago native, Joe Pug presents listeners with an intimate, endearing folk music journey with solely an acoustic guitar in hand as he commands their attention. Watch a live performance of "Call It What You Will" here:

With the diverse range of talent and genres presented, it's no doubt that Wicker Park Fest has a great lineup, and its mere $5 donation fee makes it a must attend event this summer. Stop by the two-day event on Milwaukee Avenue stretching from North Avenue to Wood Street. In the meantime, stay tuned on the components of this event via Wicker Park Fest's website for more information, as more bands will be announced in the coming months.


mahonry / May 24, 2012 3:50 PM

since when is kill hannah punk? i'd check my sources on that.

Andy / May 25, 2012 12:39 AM

I think that was sarcasm.

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Pulling Strings: For classical music in Chicago, you got a guy - August 2014

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Before the main classical season kicks into gear in the next month or two, take advantage of these local artists and ensembles playing throughout the city.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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Dave's Records
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Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records


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Propagandhi @ Concord Music Hall

Thu Aug 21 2014
Invaders from Mars & The General w/Live Soundtrack

Thu Aug 21 2014
MC Frontalot @ Subterranean

Fri Aug 22 2014
Ken Vandermark's Audio One @ Constellation

Fri Aug 22 2014
Jeff Daniels and Ben Daniels Band @ SPACE

Fri Aug 22 2014
Boulevard Festival

Fri Aug 22 2014
The Boulevard Festival

Sat Aug 23 2014
Ken Vandermark's Audio One @ Constellation

Sat Aug 23 2014
Deer Tick @ Metro

Sat Aug 23 2014
Drivin' and Cryin' @ Reggies

Sat Aug 23 2014
The Boulevard Festival

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The Boulevard Festival

Sun Aug 24 2014
Robyn & Röyksopp Do It Again @ Pritzker Pavilion

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