Instead of depending on national touring acts and marquee names to attract teeming crowds, the Bucktown Arts Fest’s music stages 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.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

1:00 pm       The Mountainaires
A country harmony duo from Chicago.

2:15 pm       Peter Joly Band
A Buffalo born guitarist and singer/songwriter, Peter Joly has been livening up the Chicago music scene since 1993.  Former bands include Big Breakfast and For Pilots.

3:30 pm       The Jamie Wagner Band
Well-known feature at local spots like the Gallery Cabaret and Phyllis’ Musical Inn, Jamie Wagner is a singer/songwriter from Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.

4:45 pm       The Daytonics
Chicago’s Garage Soul Dance Party.

6:00 pm       David Singer & the Sweet Science
One of the city’s most critically acclaimed songwriters and musicians, David Singer closes out Saturday with The Sweet Science.   

Sunday, August 28, 2016

1:00 pm       Arts of Life
The band makes danceable party music with a rock edge.  It is an ongoing collaborative project between disabled and non-disabled artists in the Chicago area, based out of the Arts of Life community of artists.

**3 Floyds Zombie Dust keg tapping**
During the Arts of Life Band performance, we’ll be tapping a keg of Zombie Dust, a generous donation from Lemming’s Tavern in Bucktown!  A portion of the proceeds from this barrel will go to Arts of Life.

2:15 pm       Lazy Old Son

3:30 pm      The Dharmas

4:45 pm       13 Tikis
Chicago’s premier surf and instrumental band.

6:00 pm      Tim Menard and the Flying Nowakowski Brothers
Closing out the fest once more, Tim Menard and the Flying Nowakowski Brothers have been rocking Chicagoland since 2003. Yes, they’re really brothers, and some say they’ve seen them fly. From local bars to nationally known clubs, college campuses to festivals, the Chicago Marathon to Wrigley Field, these guys have energized audiences with their unique sound, which has been compared to U2, Steve Earle, and REM.


Click here to see past performance schedules (2011-2015).

Comments (22)

  1. My name is Martin Metzger and I run and perform with an amazing flamenco ensemble based in Evanston.

    We are looking to connect with the Bucktown Arts Festival in order to bring our mutual talents together for events.

    Here is our bio:

    The Martin Metzger Flamenco Ensemble consists of some of the most experienced, talented and dedicated flamenco musicians in Chicago. All the of the members have studied the art in depth, traveling to Spain regularly, in order to capture the art\’s energy, nuances and spirit. The ensemble consists of Marisela Tapia (dance), Patricia Ortega (voice), Diego Alonso (guitar), Martin Metzger (guitar), and Javier Saume (cajon). The respect for flamenco and desire to preserve it\’s authenticity, is at the core of the ensemble\’s vibrant and moving performances. The ensemble currently performs throughout the Chicagoland area, inspiring audiences of all kinds.

    The ensemble is available to perform for any type of event or occasion. We can perform as a solo, duo, trio, quartet or quintet depending on what is required.

    There are 5 videos of the group under the videos tab (link below)

    Our web site is

    Feel free to contact me by phone or email and we can discuss working together in the future.

    Many thanks for your consideration.



  2. Hi Martin!

    Thank you for getting in touch. I will pass this on to our performance chair.

    Thank you for your interest in the fest!

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