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.

Past performance schedules (2016-2011)

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.

 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

1:00 pm       Ross W. Berman

2:15 pm        Lou Rider Band
What better way to celebrate The Bucktown Arts Fest’s 30th anniversary then to feature a performer whose roots with the fest go back many years. Blending blues, jazz and rock into a unique concoction that’s all her own, Lou Rider is a fest favorite who’s not to be missed.

3:30 pm       Gold Bond

4:45 pm       Jinx Lennon
Jinx Lennon is a punk poet from Dundalk who uses his voice guitar sampler or whatever is at hand to spread his uplifting words to get heads through the crap and nonsense of everyday life.

6:00 pm       The 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.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

1:00 pm    Nancy Connelly
Nancy Connelly is a Chicago singer/songwriter who performs at some of the area’s best listening rooms. Nancy has a new album that will be release this winter/spring. Nancy is an amazing performer and songwriter and the combination of her pristine finger picking and beautiful voice will leave you wanting to hear more.

2:15 pm      Bill MacKay and Sam Wagster
Bill MacKay and Sam Wagster share wild, western, experimental, dark, bright, cinematic and rocking songs and interludes. Be our guests.

3:30 pm     Butterfly in Traffic
Butterfly in Traffic is an all original rock group based in Chicago, IL. They formed in 2009, and play a folksy blend of rock and blues. Led by the lead vocals and guitar of Ed Gershon, BIT also features the bass anchor of Matt Moreno, the rollicking drums of Grant Niebergall and the jazz/rock lead guitar of Thomas Ott. Their recent full length release ‘Constant State of Motion’ is now available on iTunes.

4:45 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. 

6:00 pm    Tim Menard and the Flying Nowakowski Brothers
Tim Menard and the Flying Nowakowski Brothers have been rocking the Chicagoland area 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.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

1:00 pm   For Pilots
For Pilots is a straight-ahead, all-original rock/folk trio that crosses traditional music genres with a powerful punch. The band derives from various ensembles that have been playing on the Chicago music scene since the early 1990’s.

2:15 pm     Bill MacKay & LeRoy Bach
In the Fall of 2011, they started playing together, meeting through MacKay’s opportunity to fill in for Bach’s regular solo gig at The Whistler…Bach and MacKay’s guitars converse like echoes, each voice resembling each other like a flattering mirror, with a mutual inspiration of ideas that is present and persistent. As MacKay describes it, their style has developed into a sort of “urban music meets mountain music,” which I could not find more appropriate.  It has the indulgent rambling of back porch Bluegrass, coupled with the intelligence and array of influence only possible by soaking up city sounds. (source: ChicagoMusic.org)

3:30 pm       Ego and Soul
Ego and the Soul are a Chicago band featuring songwriters Jamie Wagner and Rebecca F., Tom Jasek, Brian Wilkie and Justin Lotus. Find them on the bill at local music-loving haunts like Gallery Cabaret, Lizards’ Lounge and Phyllis’ Musical Inn.

4:45 pm        Furious Frank
Furious Frank performs a high energy gypsy-carnival rock that is neither traditional nor nostalgic, but instead a fresh fusion of familiar styles re-imagined for listeners demanding something new. Dance rhythms, grinding guitar riffs and soaring horn leads somehow combine to create an incomparable but irresistible sound. Sharing the stage with The Wailers and Buckwheat Zydeco, regularly compared to Tom Waits, Gogol Bordello and Manu Chao, the band defies simple description. But rest assured, they are far from subtle.

6:00 pm     Tim Menard and the Flying Nowakowski Brothers
Tim Menard and the Flying Nowakowski Brothers have been rocking the Chicagoland area 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.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

1:00 pm    TBA

2:15 pm     The Hat Stretchers
Music type: Primitive Country With Questionable Attitude. Band Interests: Artists They Also Like: Sanctified Grumblers, The Northside Southpaws, The Chandelier Swingers.

3:30 pm    Majors Junction
Rich textures created by the band have been described as “Plush Lonesome Western Blues”. Attracting a listener base whose musical taste transcends different genres, Majors Junction produces a diverse meld of country honky-tonk blues with folk undertones and hints of bluegrass pickin’ and good old rock & roll. It is a unique sound that celebrates individuality and hard work, two qualities the band shares with its hometown of Chicago.

4:45 pm     Bunkertown
Mark Anderson has been a part of the Chicago music scene for over a decade and is currently working on his second album. His music is a mutt of folk, rock, blues and ragtime country. Mark’s inspirations may include his grandfather, his new hometown of Hammond, or the restaurant he ate in last week.

6:00 pm     The Damn Choir
The Damn Choir’s use of guitar, cello, vocals and drums, along with Gordon Robertson’s introspective lyrics, create songs that range from meandering and melancholic to pulsing and vengeful.

 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

1:00 pm       Lindsey O’Brien

2:30 pm       Naomi Ashley Band and Ron Lazzeretti
Intimate, plainspoken, gorgeously sung songs drawing on American folk, blues and country traditions which surge with all the contradictory impulses of real, imperfect life.

4:00 pm       Bunkertown
Mark has been a part of the Chicago music scene for over a decade and is currently working on his second album. His music is a mutt of folk, rock, blues and ragtime country. Mark’s inspirations may include his grandfather, his new hometown of Hammond, or the restaurant he ate in last week.

5:15 pm         Cannonball

6:30 pm        Sami Grisafe
A star athlete and award-winning muscian, Sami Grisafe has earned the Chicago Music Award for “Best Rock Entertainer” and played three showcases during SXSW including the RedGorilla Fest and the newly minted OUTlander Fest. The Sami Grisafe Band, featuring the talented Chris Buehrle, Jaclyn Rada, Andy Neal, and Janet Cramer, has performed at iconic venues in Chicago and LA. Her current album ALTANTIS received 6 pre-nominations for the first round of the Grammy’s and features Grammy Award-winning blues artist Sugar Blue (Rolling Stones), and hip-hop sensation Viper (Follow Your Instinct). The album was co-produced by Grammy Award winner, Ricciano Lumpkins (TLC, P.O.D., Mya).

Sunday, August 25, 2013

1:00 pm          Bill MacKay

2:30 pm          Peter Joly

4:00 pm         The Lonesome Organist
The Lonesome Organist One Man Band has been asserting his kuluckishness from 1996 to the present. He is also the inventor of the Mitten Drumstick™ and perpetrator of the Solo simultaneous genre.

5:00 pm          The Damn Choir
The Damn Choir’s use of guitar, cello, vocals and drums, along with Gordon Robertson’s introspective lyrics, create songs that range from meandering and melancholic to pulsing and vengeful.

6:00 pm          Tim Menard and the Flying Nowakowski Brothers
Tim Menard and the Flying Nowakowski Brothers have been rocking the Chicagoland area 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.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

1:00 pm     Snow Ghost

2:30 pm    Bill MacKay & LeRoy Bach

4:00 pm    Tim Menard and the Flying Nowakowski Brothers
Tim Menard and the Flying Nowakowski Brothers have been rocking the Chicagoland area 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.

5:00 pm    Bunkertown
Mark has been a part of the Chicago music scene for over a decade and is currently working on his second album. His music is a mutt of folk, rock, blues and ragtime country. Mark’s inspirations may include his grandfather, his new hometown of Hammond, or the restaurant he ate in last week.

6:00 pm    Wussy
Here’s what famed rock critic Robert Christgau wrote about the Cincinnati-based Wussy in a long and loving essay: “Wussy have been the best band in America since they released the first of their five superb albums in 2005, only nobody knows it except me and my friends… But in 2012 they’re determined to hit the road and get over the hump. If you see their name on a bill within driving distance, check them out and buy some merch. Bring your friends, even. Wussy can’t go on forever without you, and they deserve to.” This is the only Chicago date on their 2012 tour.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

1:00 pm – Naomi Ashley Band
Intimate, plainspoken, gorgeously sung songs drawing on American folk, blues and country traditions which surge with all the contradictory impulses of real, imperfect life.

2:00 pm – The Puffins
The Puffins are 4-piece band made of Kurt Page (Guitar/Vocals), Alex Hall (Vocals), Jennifer Silverstone (Violin/Mandolin), and Benjamin Marx (Double Bass).  The band is based on the collaborative songwriting of Page & Hall, who met while in college at Ball State University and began writing songs together in Chicago in the winter of 2010. The duo added Silverstone and Marx, and began work on their first full-length at Bob Dog Studios in Oak Park, IL. Their debut album, “Shade of Blue” was recorded in the summer of 2011, and released Jan 1st, 2012.

4:00 pm – Meet the Head
After a lengthy hiatus spent working on their new record, El Kindergarten Nino, Meet the Head is taking on Chicago stages again. Drawing on numerous influences (Camper Van, Talking Heads, Pavement, Belle & Sebastian), Meet the Head offers a distinctive blend of pop/rock influences: a touch of twang, a shade punk, even a hair folk-like. Propelled by a locomotive rhythm section, the songs are hook-heavy, lush in harmony and lyrically inventive.

5:00 pm – About a Girl
About A Girl is a Chicago-based band led by vocalist/guitarist, Gabriel Chapman. The band’s music is a blend of folk, rock, country and latin sounds. Gabriel’s voice is often compared to Damien Rice and David Gray, and the band’s sound has been described as beautiful and organic. Their latest album is called twoheartsone.

6:00 pm – For Pilots
For Pilots is a straight-ahead, all-original rock/folk trio that crosses traditional music genres with a powerful punch. The band derives from various ensembles that have been playing on the Chicago music scene since the early 1990s.

Saturday, August 27, 2011 

1 pm          For Pilots
For Pilots is a straight-ahead, all-original rock/folk trio that crosses traditional music genres with a powerful punch. The band derives from various ensembles that have been playing on the Chicago music scene since the early 1990’s.

2:30 pm   Knockdown String Band
The Knock Down String Band is a Chicago based Bluegrass group which features Casey Stockdon on Banjo, Jon Williams on Mandolin/Guitar, Andy Pennington on Fiddle/Guitar and Jamie Wagner on Bass.

4 pm          Sewing Machine
Continuing in the great tradition of rock and roll, The Sewing Machine steals from everyone and everything. Their bastardized interpretations of folk sounds ride on a current of experimental rock sensibilities. Songs are sometimes concise and sometimes sprawling, but the chaos is tempered by craft. Nothing is sacred here, but every tool is used to express a feeling or a moment.

5 pm          Kid Million
Kid Million combines the best of indie pop, stadium rock, and power pop for a bombastic sound that recalls a little Jane’s Addiction, early Smashing Pumpkins, glam rock, shoegazer, and the Beatles. The eclectic mix, held together by David Singer’s rasping vocals, a strong sense of psychedelia, and a Latin-tinged horn section, make them truly stand out in the crowd.

6 pm          Tim Menard and the Flying Nowakowski Brothers
Tim Menard and the Flying Nowakowski Brothers have been rocking the Chicagoland area 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.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

1 pm         Trevor McSpadden
Trevor McSpadden brings the country western rhythm and roots of Texas to Illinois.

2:30 pm  Naomi Ashley Band
Intimate, plainspoken, gorgeously sung songs drawing on American folk, blues and country traditions which surge with all the contradictory impulses of real, imperfect life.

4 pm        The Lonesome Organist
The Lonesome Organist One Man Band has been asserting his kuluckishness from 1996 to the present. He is also the inventor of the Mitten Drumstick™ and perpetrator of the Solo simultaneous genre.

5 pm        The Damn Choir
The Damn Choir’s use of guitar, cello, vocals and drums, along with Gordon Robertson’s introspective lyrics, create songs that range from meandering and melancholic to pulsing and vengeful.

6 pm        Bunkertown
Mark has been a part of the Chicago music scene for over a decade and is currently working on his second album. His music is a mutt of folk, rock, blues and ragtime country. Mark’s inspirations may include his grandfather, his new hometown of Hammond, or the restaurant he ate in last week.