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Patti Smith, Best Coast, Seratones, K.Flay & More Prove the Future of Riot Fest is Female

This year’s Riot Fest – held at Chicago’s Union Park on Sept. 16 through Sept. 19 – may have been headlined by Morrissey, The Smashing Pumpkins, Run the Jewels, and Slipknot, but many of the best sets of the weekend belonged to women and non-binary artists. Exciting rising stars, established bands with incredible songwriters and […]

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Seratones’ A.J. Haynes On Playing Riot Fest, Creating ‘Medicine Music’ & Advocating for a Better Tomorrow

“Riot Fest what’s good,” said vocalist A.J. Haynes early in the Seratones’ Riot Fest set on Sept. 17. “This is so f*cking fun. I’m so happy to be here.” She and her bandmates – Jesse Gabriel (drums), Henry Westmoreland (keys), Alexander Holeman (bass), Travis Stewart (guitar) – opened the Radical Stage with their blistering, infectious, […]

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Save Ferris’ Monique Powell on Connecting with Fans & Performing at Riot Fest 2019

Riot Fest 2019 celebrated the Douglas Park-based musical extravaganza’s 15th anniversary by inviting legendary musicians, fan favorites and first-time performers to play across five stages on the weekend of Sept. 13-15. Save Ferris – the SoCal ska punk group that has been sharing its horn-heavy melodies since the mid-’90s – was among the acts making […]

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Women-Identified/Non-Binary Performers at Chicago In Tune’s Gospel, Jazz, House & Blues Nights

As part of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Open Chicago initiative, which focuses on safely and fully reopening the city of Chicago, she and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) are presenting a month-long celebration of music entitled Chicago In Tune. Hundreds of free and ticketed events are being held at venues big and […]