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Thursday, June 15, 2006

The World's Greatest Music Festival

It is quite strange that the world's greatest music festival takes place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but it does. Summerfest, as usual, has done a bang-up job signing bands this year, and there is something worth seeing every day of the week. It is still two weeks away, but it's never too early to take a look at the lineup. Plus, you may need to make travel plans. On June 29th, we have:

1. Blue Oyster Cult (Yes, yes, More Cowbell indeed.)
2. Bodeans
3. Keane
4. Common
5. REO Speedwagon (They designated an entire stage to Classic Rock this year.)
6. The Red Walls (I like this band.)
7. Elvis Costello and the Impostors f/Allen Toussaint
8. Carbon Leaf

That's just on opening night. And headlining the first two nights, we have Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Pearl Jam. Not too shabby. And remember, you only have to pay the to get into the park ($15 bucks this year) to see any band except the headliner.

More immediately, if you're looking for something to do in the Chicago area this weekend might I suggest the Taste of Randolph Street which will feature Uncle Tupelo offshoots Son Volt (in many ways superior to their more famous cousins, Wilco), as well as old favorites Toad the Wet Sprocket. Incidentally, every small Chicago festival is vastly superior to the rather unimpressive Taste of Chicago. You'll have more fun for a better price.

I love the summer.


  • Actually, many of the small street festivals that are called block parties are not great. Pretty much the same booths and a regional bad or three. There are many, many Chicago festivals better than Taste of Chicago though.

    BTW my word verification is ofckupn, which sounds like a personal insult to you.

    By Blogger Scott H, at 7:49 PM  

  • and for the dirty hippies, string cheese and ratdog is playing the big stage i believe... moe. is playing sometime, and i thought i maybe saw a keller williams appearance in there too. flecktones as well?

    why was it always so shitty when i was growing up?

    By Blogger ahren, at 9:50 AM  

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