A quartet of local Chicago venues including Reggie’s, Cobra Lounge, Liar’s Club, and LiveWire Lounge have announced the creation of a new three-day music festival called Save the Rock N Roll Fest, scheduled to take place December 11-13, 2020. In addition to a “shitload of bands playing all weekend,” the event will also include live band karaoke, burlesque, comedy, bingo, a pig roast, and venue memorabilia raffles. Described as a “true Chicago rock fest,” proceeds from ticket sales will be divided between the four venues “in order to help keep open the rooms that host much of the local punk, metal, and hard rock scenes.” In addition, the Reggie’s bus fleet will be providing free shuttles between the four venues for the duration of the festival, which is designed to help “keep the rock scene alive in Chicago and come back stronger than ever.” Three-day passes are good for all four venues, and go on sale May 8 for $135. Tickets may be purchased on the Save the Rock N Roll Fest website.
In the biggest domino to fall yet in a young but already nightmarish year for Chicago live music, Pitchfork Music Festival has cancelled its 2020 edition due to Covid-19. The festival, which was scheduled for July 17-19 in Chicago’s Union Park, was to host a star-studded lineup in honor of the festival’s 15th anniversary headlined by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Run the Jewels, and The National. “It can be pretty daunting to think about the future of live music right now,” the festival notes on its website, “but know that we are fully committed to bringing Pitchfork Music Festival back in 2021, if the public health situation allows for it.” In the meantime, the festival is planning additional livestreams “and more ways to use the full weight of Pitchfork to support musicians and the community around our festival.”
For the first time since the Great Depression, there will be no summer concerts at Ravinia. The country’s oldest music festival, which has been operating continuously since 1904 except for the Great Depression years of 1932-1935, was to host more than 120 concerts in its 2020 season from June 12 through September 16. Festival staff are reportedly developing ideas to give the festival a “from home” presence across social platforms, including virtual opportunities for lectures, master classes, and rehearsals. “The crisis created by the Covid pandemic has impacted so much of our lives in dramatic ways. Ravinia will do its part in helping the nation recover,” said Ravinia Board Chairman Don Civgin in a statement. “And we will celebrate that recovery with music under the stars next summer.” PHOTO COURTESY OF RAVINIA FESTIVAL