Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Things to love about Midsommarfest 2012: Local music

Preparations for Midsommarfest are in full swing and we’re looking forward to seeing you in Andersonville next weekend! Until then, we thought we’d share some of the things that have us excited about this year’s festival:
First, let’s talk about music: When people talk about Midsommarfest’s music line-up, they usually fall into two categories – the people who return each year to see the acts Midsommarfest has become known for, awesome cover bands like Sixteen Candles and Maggie Speaks, and those who come for unique acts with a local flavor that you won’t see at every other festival. This year’s festival is a great reflection of both camps, and stronger than ever!
The South Stage, sponsored by Simon’s Tavern, is really getting in to the Chicago music scene. Most of the bands were hand-picked by Scott Martin, owner of Simon’s, who wanted to “do something different.” Some of these bands, like The Webstirs, Expo 76, and The New Invaders, have played at Simon’s at one time or another. Check out the links below to learn more about these great bands!

SOUTH STAGE: Clark & Foster
Sponsored by Simon's Tavern
Saturday, June 9
2:00 PM    The Webstirs “Hog-butchering pop to melt your jaded hipster heart”
4:00 PM    Nicholas Tremulis
6:00 PM    Dolly Varden  Chicago quintet Dolly Varden is built around the singing and songwriting of husband and wife duo Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen, along with Mark Balletto on guitar, Matt Thobe on drums and Mike Bradburn on bass.
8:00 PM    The Del Moroccos Knock the Ray-ettes, Bo Diddley and Link Wray together, with a blast of garage, a hit of late ’50s black rock n’ roll, dress ‘em up like Johnny Cash, and you get a raucous, mean mix of “Soulful 50s garage”.   

Expo 76

Sunday, June 10
2:00 PM    The New Invaders The New Invaders are truly “New,” as this inspirational 60′s rock review ushers back in the fabulous era of BRITISH rock and roll with major new players!
4:00 PM    Planet Claire Chicago’s best, maybe only, B52′s tribute band. Some of Chicago’s most respected original bands saw the beckoning light of B52s amazing music and put together a group that would celebrate the best party band in the world and beyond. 
6:00 PM    Expo 76 A 70’s-themed cover band that covers the golden era of AM radio singles, roots rock chestnuts, new wave janglers, campfire classics, TV show themes, early ‘60s rave-ups, songs your parents know and love, made-up-on-the-spot idiotic jams and more.
8:00 PM    Get Up With The Get Downs An 8-piece band that bases their  sets on the music of James Brown and others from the Golden Age of Funk. Concentrating solely on live performance, each show is a high energy dance party that evokes “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.”

And speaking of great local music, we are also pleased to partner with Gay Chicago TV and Hamburger Mary's to present the Out Rock Stage at Balmoral & Clark, which will feature many up and coming Chicago artists in intimate acoustic sets.  As a show on Gay Chicago TV, Out Rock provides a platform for Chicago’s LGBTQ singers, songwriters, and musicians to showcase their voices, work, and talent. The stage is headlined on Saturday night by Stephen Leonard, the host of Out Rock and a Chicago-based singer-songwriter, recording artist, producer and LGBTQ advocate. Check out Out Rock’s first 3 episodes featuring Stephen Leonard, Manny Capozzi (from Fatally Cool), and Ian Wilson - all playing the Out Rock stage at Midsommarfest.

OUT ROCK STAGE:  Clark & Balmoral
Sponsored by Hamburger Mary’s & Gay Chicago TV

Saturday, June 9
12:00 PM   KAVUS
2:00 PM    Fatally Cool
4:00 PM    Ian Wilson
6:00 PM    Mindy Bartlett
7:00 PM    Stephen Leonard

Sami Grisafe

Sunday, June 10
12:00 PM   Jeff Brown
2:00 PM    Jeffrey Altergott
4:00 PM    Dawn Xiana Moon
6:00 PM    Monica Del Castillo
7:00 PM    Sami Grisafe

Want to see the complete schedule for ALL of the Midsommarfest stages? Click here! 

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