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Preview Thu May 24 2012
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.