Eight stages, ninety(!) bands, and you shaking your rear to good music- that’s what this weekend is all about. Oh, plus arts and crafts, food, beer gardens, carnival rides and being around a ton of other cool peeps…
Adams Avenue Street Fair is two days of completely free music performances that spans several blocks of Normal Heights. The forecast looks nice, the lineups offer an eclectic mixture of talent, and basically you have no excuse not to make it out…. but in case you need more reasons below is a little round up of some of the sets I’m most looking forward to out of so many to choose from.
Saturday, September 28
12 p.m. – Dimille’s Stage – Ed Ghost Tucker: The only thing that could get me outta bed before noon on a weekend is good music and I’m sure the EGT kids will deliver. They recently reduced their lineup to a four piece but feel as solid and dedicated as ever. Their newest tune “Devils” recorded at Lost Ark Studio seems primed for Halloween party playlists. Give it a listen and show up for some midday folk-pop goodness.
1:15 p.m. – Dimille’s Stage – The Filthy Violets: Up after EGT is something a bit different but worth sticking around for. The Filthy Violets are a bit post-punk, a bit garage rock, and a lot of awesome. It’s been awhile since I saw the guys live but I’m excited they have a lot of good things lined up- including recording next month. Check out “Of the Night” for a taste of the rockin’ good stuff they’ll be bringing.
4:00 p.m. – Roots Rock 34th Street Stage – Leanna May and The Matadors: I adore Leanna May – maybe it’s the glasses, maybe it’s the tatts, but more than anything it’s the voice. Her pretty pipes go perfectly with the alt-country bluesy rock her band plays. Check out “I Am” and just *try* not to tap your toes.
5:15 p.m. – Worldbeat Park Stage – The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble: A fusion of jazz, funk, and, of course, soul this larger-than-the-stage-can-hold project brings together a multitude of talented folks led by Tim Felton. Definitely a great way to enter the evening at the street fair with some upbeat stuff like “Layin’ Low” – check it out:
8:15 p.m. – Starbuck’s Stage – Oh, Spirit: Hooray! I finally get to see this band and assuage my guilt. A bit of psychedelic rock adds something different to the mix. Give a spin or ten to their Beatles-esque indie rock number “Where is this Headed?” for a taste and come dance like a hippie with me for this one.
Sunday, September 29
12:00 p.m. – Casbah 33rd Street Rock Stage – The Frights: Noon again! These young dudes seem to be taking their gritty-surf-rock style everywhere in town. Good job, gents. Saw them kill it at The Griffin recently and I’m looking forward to catching their high-energy live set again. “Ghost” is as catchy as it is well-executed, for a newish band they seem to have a solid foundation and mad potential.
2:45 p.m. – Roots Rock 34th Street Stage – John Meeks: One of my hands-down favorite singers in town, Mr. Meeks deserves a world of adoration and then some. Call it folk, call it country- I just call it beautiful music. His mesmerizing voice and arrangements have a haunting quality that gets deep in your soul. Give a new unreleased track “Night Drive” a listen for a morsel of Meeks’ magic. And “Oh Dry Land” for one more nibble.
6:00 p.m. – Dimille’s Stage – Neighbors to the North: My buddies get to finish out the weekend in style with their rad rock ‘n’ roll tunes. Check out “Give it to Me” for signature bass licks and guitar riffs which give their tunes a classic rock edge.
Note: this is just a handful of the bands performing this weekend. See the schedule here and leave a comment with your picks. Hard to choose, isn’t it?