8 06 2011

As I write this I’m staring at a well-worn plastic beer stein (filled with water. Its only Noon) and dreaming of 6 hours from now when my official street-festival-mojo kicks in with Lincoln Square’s Maifest. You’d think with being known as one of the biggest music whores in this town, I’d be dreaming of Lollapalooza and Pitchfork, but believe it or not, those are just too much for my wallet, and I’m a sucker for great local acts served up by one of Chicago’s zillions of Summer street fests.

Last year Andersonville’s Midsommarfest eclipsed Boystown’s Pridefest and Market Days for me in terms of good music and hot men: two things that rule my world. This is year it’s looking to make both look positively gauche. MSF, as I’m calling it, kicks off at 11am on Saturday June 11th and just 2 hours after it starts I’ll be front and center for the rollicking alt country sounds of Devin & the Straights. Hang tight there because the acrobatics of the Chicago Spirit Brigade, always a crowd favorite, show off how they make cheerleading even gayer  followed by one of my favorite local acts, The Joans. Think The Cramps and the B-52’s opening for The Smiths in Joan Crawford drag. Then, 6pm gets tricky. You have figure out how you can see the amazing cover band, Rock Candy, featuring the sexiest frontwoman in Chicago, Molly Callinan (Cat Fight, Black Betty) then have time to squeeze in for the always sexy Chicago favorite 16 Candles and their crowd pleasing takes on John Hughes era rock. If you miss them, make sure you get to The Glenwood’s Pride North party with Mooseboxas the opener/host (PLUG!)

Molly Callinan

Some festival’s seem to load up all the top acts later in the day. Not Midsommarfest. Sunday kicks off with one of my favorite bands at 2pm. 7th Heaven, a cover band brimming with way to much talent and featuring a reality show winner, will blow your mind. If you leave right as the last riff comes from 7th Heaven, you may have time to get to hear the Brazilian rhythms of Chicago Samba at 3pm for a great change of pace. Personally after Chicago Samba I have to go home and walk the dog, but if you’re raging on, the funk & soul of Bumpus will chill you out like a cold beer.

Leave it to this fest to give us something for everyone for the finale. You probably already saw 16 Candles the night before, so skip them on Sunday, and check out the truly legendary alt country god, Robbie Fulks with Nora O’Connor. They’re most likely going to be doing some kids’ stuff too, but no worries. Robbie could sing NWA covers and still make you miss Hank Williams.




One response

15 06 2011
Chad D. Comer

What band is the guy w/ the yellow tank top in???

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