Instead of depending on national touring acts and marquee names to attract teeming crowds, the Bucktown Arts Fest’s music stages – the Main Stage (at Belden and Oakley) and the New Jazz Roots Stage (at Lyndale and Leavitt) – are proud to put the spotlight on the remarkable musicians who live in and perform around Bucktown and its surrounding neighborhoods. Our diverse music lineup offers a range of musical styles from blues to bluegrass, jazz to indie rock.
Main Stage (at Belden and Oakley)
New Jazz Roots Stage (at Lyndale and Leavitt)
A newer addition to the Fest is the New Jazz Roots stage at the end of Lyndale near Leavitt. Curated by fest neighbors Blake Beckstrom and his son Lane, the stage features jazz and jazz influenced music by young and emerging artists. Since beginning the fest in 2009, Lane has found incredible success with his band Kids These Days including gigs at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s inauguration and a spot at Lollapalooza 2011. In 2012, the lead programming director for the stage was Rajiv Halim.
How to Apply to Perform
Although both stages have limited performance slots, we do accept submissions from bands who would like to be considered for the music lineup. Send an electronic press kit, MySpace page or other relevant links to music clips and bios (no MP3 attachments, please) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note to Applicants: Due to the volume of submissions, we cannot respond to most query e-mails personally. We will contact finalists by April 30.