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Wavefront Music Festival Tue Apr 02 2013

Wavefront Beachfront Music Festival Announces Partial Lineup

The Wavefront Music Festival has announced the "first wave" of the lineup for this year's fest, which runs July 5-7 at Montrose Beach in Lincoln Park. Headliners include Diplo, Jus†ice and Nicolas Jaar, with more to be announced.

Tickets will go on sale at 9am this Thursday, April 4; Citibank cardmembers will get access to an exclusive presale beginning at midnight April 3. Among the options in the presale will be a "Platinum Cabana Package" for $32,000.

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Andrew Huff

Wavefront Music Festival Tue Jul 03 2012

Wavefront Music Fest, Day Two - Post-Storm Party


(Photo by Steve Stearns)

Around noon on Sunday, I began gathering my things, getting dressed and watching the looming black clouds position themselves over the north side of the city. The second morning of a festival is always a little harder to find the motivation for and the daunting weather wasn't helping.

Still, the opportunity to see former LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy behind the decks was enough to get me out of the house--after the storm had passed of course.


Danny Daze (Photo by Steve Stearns)

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Katie Karpowicz

Wavefront Music Festival Sun Jul 01 2012

Wavefront Music Fest, Day One - No Drop, No Love?


(Photo by Steve Stearns)

First year festivals are truly a force to be reckoned with. The festival producers are still feeling the crowd out. The attendees are still feeling the festival out. And no one has yet to determine the ideal means of enjoying the festival. The discovery of how to have the best possible experience is all in the hands of the inaugural crowd. Wavefront Music Festival--day one, at least--was nothing short of an experience...a ridiculously fun one at that.

Now, I don't believe the two should be compared but it's hard not to reference Wavefront without mentioning its fellow first-year Chicago dance festival Spring Awakening Music Festival which happened just two weeks ago. Let me repeat: this review is not a comparison of the two. I was thoroughly impressed by both and recognize their uniqueness from each other. However, just for the sake of context, if Spring Awakening was like an all-out-rager that college-bound kids throw the weekend their parents go out of town then Wavefront was the party the parents throw when their kids actually do move into the dorms. No, not old and boring. Professional, experienced, mellow, awesome.


(Photo by Steve Stearns)

Just halfway through the weekend and it's this writer's humble opinion that this festival will go down as one of the best of the summer. As with any festival debut, there's bound to be some bumps along the way but most of the time those things are simply of of anyone's hand. In Wavefront's case, the folks behind it--the same folks behind veteran dance club Spybar--managed to keep the ratio of what rocked and what flopped on day one weighing heavily in the favor of rocking.

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Katie Karpowicz / Comments (5)

Wavefront Music Festival Thu Jun 28 2012

10 Things to Ponder While at Wavefront Music Festival

We've been hyping up Wavefront Music Festival for the last several weeks on Gapers Block and it's finally here. This Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1, Chicago's house music roots are the guest of honor at this jam-packed beach bash.

There's a lot to look forward to this weekend. Three stages of national and international electronic acts. An additional stage showcasing the best local artists that Chicago has to offer. An ideal festival locale at Montrose Beach, which will encompass both the actual beach and grassy area to the west included in the festival grounds. Now if the weather can just hold off, we've got a great couple of days ahead of us.

Now I know there's a lot to worry about at festivals: What can I wear that's both stylish and conducive to standing in the sun for ten hours? Who is playing when? Why am I paying $8.50 for a Bud Light? But Gapers Block put together some thought provoking (more or less) questions for anyone going to the festival this weekend to mull over.

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Katie Karpowicz / Comments (2)

Wavefront Music Festival Thu Jun 21 2012

Contest: Win Tickets to the Wavefront Music Festival

It goes without saying that Chicago has a lot to offer. Many consider our music scene to be bar none. There's a ton of history here. And, come on, have you driven down Lake Shore Drive on a sunny day? I don't care how bad the traffic is, you can't deny that this city is gorgeous. If you're a good Chicagoan, you'll find a way to enjoy all of these elements this summer. If you're a great Chicagoan, you'll find a way to combine them into one weekend.

The folks behind Spybar seem to have done that with the inaugural Wavefront Music Festival: two full days of local and national dance music talent right on the lakefront at Montrose Beach. Paying homage to the house music genre that's rooted in Chicago, Wavefront has gathered an impressive lineup of DJs and producers including American/Canadian super duo Duck Sauce (the guys who brought you the seemingly omnipresent club hit "Barbara Streisand"), Jesse F. Keeler's post-Death From Above 1979 electro project MSTRKRFT, DJ sets from LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and Pat Mahoney as well as a slew of local artists on the rise.


Wavefront is giving you a chance to do Chicago right this summer and Gapers Block is proud to give you the chance to do it....for free. We're giving away 10two-day passes to the festival (which hits Montrose Beach June 30 and July 1) and all you have to do is email with the subject line "Beach Party" for your shot at getting down in the sand. Deadline for entries is noon Friday (tomorrow) when we'll pick 10 lucky winners, so be sure to email before then (just one entry per person, please). [Update! We've picked our winners, thanks to a random number generator, and we're emailing them now. Thanks to everyone who entered!]

Katie Karpowicz / Comments (5)

Wavefront Music Festival Thu Jun 14 2012

EDM: Chicago's New Favorite Acronym?

Three years ago, Perry's stage at Lollapalooza--which features the vast majority of electronic music artists at the festival--was a humble, circular electro oasis nestled under Grant Park's the nearby treeline. By 2011, the stage had grown to a football-field-sized gargantuan filled to the gills with furry-boot-wearing, shutter-shade-sporting EDM fans. The stage's rapid expansion is a reflection of the parallel growth of EDM--electronic dance music--in the U.S.

Speaking of football fields, Chicago's very first all dance music festival is about to be unleashed on the city and it's far from a down-home, DIY, low-scale first-year festival. Spring Awakening Music Festival will draw between 25,000 to 30,000 bassheads to Solider Field between June 16 and 17. Not only is it the first Chicago festival of its kind, it's also the first electronic music event of any kind to have a stage inside Soldier Field.

"We're definitely priding ourselves on being the first all dance music festival to come to Chicago," said Zach Partin of React Presents. React is co-producing the festival along with dance music hotspot Congress Theater. "We think it's long overdue. We're hoping that we can just pay homage to those roots that we have here in the city."

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Katie Karpowicz

Wavefront Music Festival Thu Apr 12 2012

Wavefront Music Festival Is Coming


Apparently, if it's a lakeside rave that you're looking for this summer, you won't have to look far. Hot on the heels of the announcement of the inaugural Spring Awakening Music Festival--billed as Chicago's first all electronic music fest--comes the announcement of another electronic music festival in Chicago.

Wavefront Music Festival will hit Montrose Beach June 30-July 1 with an all electronic/DJ lineup. Notable performers include headliners Duck Sauce, Erick Morillo and Boys Noize--who played a killer set at Lollapalooza back in '09. James Murphy--you know, that guy from LCD Soundsystem--is also slated to play a DJ set.

This might be the right alternative if Spring Awakening is sounding a little too pricey. Tickets are $49 for single day admission and $89 for two-day passes.

Katie Karpowicz

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
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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
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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


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Beat Kitchen
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Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
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Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
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House of Blues
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Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
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Red Line Tap
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