Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Check Out West Fest-Especially The Talented Kids in The Socialists and Purple Apple

West Fest is one of our annual favs, as far as neighborhood street fests go!   This year they've got 2 bands full of waaaay under agers, and these kids can ROCK!    Check 'em out here on ChiIL Mama, where we're featuring kids in some of the best bands you've never heard of throughout the whole month of July.    Then check 'em out NEXT weekend at West Fest.
Saturday & Sunday
July 9th & 10th, 2011
on Chicago Avenue between Damen and Wood
There is something for everyone at West Fest, the Chicago street fair that reflects the eclectic persona of its West Town environs. Held annually on Chicago Avenue at Damen, the two-day party features live cutting edge music booked by Empty Bottle Presents, the BassbythePound DJ Stage, Kid Fest with kid activities and entertainment, Pet Fest with pet product vendors and dog activities for charity, plus a multitude of booths from popular neighborhood restaurants, retailers, and artists. What makes this fest unique is that it’s locally planned and managed by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, thus the emphasis is all-things “local,” from the food to the talent.
The Music
The biggest difference between West Fest and other cookie-cutter Chicago street festivals is the high quality live music on the main stage booked by Empty Bottle Presents. West Fest is all about up and coming local and national artists playing original live music. West Fest also features a DJ stage, and this year Derrick Carter will close things out on the DJ stage Sunday, July 10th. 
*For talent photos, bios or interviews, contact West Fest publicist Jody Grimaldi at 630/470-0044:
The Activities
Kid Fest (on Wolcott & Rice): Join us for the 6th annual Kids Fest held in conjunction with West Fest July 9 & 10, Noon to 6 pm - located on Wolcott Ave between Chicago Ave and Rice. A jammed packed two-day family fun event. Come enjoy entertainment on the ‘Boundary Tavern & Grille’ family stage or take in a round of mini-golf, or enjoy bounce houses, pony rides, face painters, games, crafts and lots more. All proceeds to benefit improvements at 3 local playlots; Snowberry, Superior and Honore. For more information, please call (773) 960-7212.
Pet Fest (near Wolcott at Chicago): Each year West Fest features another large ‘fest within a fest’ dedicated exclusively to pet product vendors, canine bathing pools, and plenty of pet activities for charity. This year, West Town's own Doggy Style Pet Shop will be hosting a Suds For Strays dog wash with all proceeds to benefit Chicago’s no-kill animal shelter Alive Rescue. Alive Rescue is a no-kill rescue that uses a wide circle of foster families as temporary homes while permanent ones are being found. Their goal for 2011 is to rescue over 100 dogs from high-kill shelters. For just $10, your dog can go from hot and dirty to cool and clean. In addition, Doggy Style Pet Shop pledges to match every donation made during the Suds For Strays dog wash up to $1500. 
$5 donation requested for admittance to West Fest offsets the costs of the event and benefits local non-profits providing services for the immediate neighborhood: the West Town Chamber of Commerce and the Commercial Park Advisory Council which funds improvements to local West Town parks and three local play lots.

Live Music Lineup
Main Stage
Chicago Avenue at Damen Avenue
programmed by Empty Bottle Presents.

Saturday, July 9th
8:30pm Local H
7:00pm Hollows
4:00pm Liturgy
2:30pm No Joy
(July is all about the kids. ChiIL Mama has an original video interview and tons of live footage of The Socialists' set at Empty Bottle that will be up soon.)

Sunday, July 10th
8:30pm King Khan featuring Gris Gris Sound
7:00pm Syl Johnson featuring The Uptown
4:00pm A Lull
2:30pm Team Band
(July is all about the kids. ChiIL Mama has an original video interview and tons of live footage of Purple Apple's set at Schubas that will be up soon.)

BP Dj Stage
Chicago Avenue at Wood Street
with the VOID sound system

Saturday, July 9th
Juan Maclean Dj Set 8:30-10
Drop The Lime 7-8:30
Dark Wave Disco 6-7:00
Zebo 5-6:00
Pickel & Dj Intel 4-5:00
Justin Reed 3-4:00

Sunday, July 10th
Derrick Carter 8:30-10
Diz 7:30-8:30
Jesse de la Pena 6:30-7:30
John Simmons 5:30-6:30
Shaka 23 4:30-5:30
Striz 3:30-4:30

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