Mamby on the Beach, taking place June 24-25 at Oakwood Beach, has announced its 2017 lineup. Saturday acts include MGMT, Local Natives, Misterwives, Miike Snow, Marian Hill, Raury, and Saba; while Sunday acts include Walk the Moon, Flying Lotus, Cut Copy, Thundercat, Mutemath, STRFKR, BJ the Chicago Kid, Green Velvet, and Sir the Baptist. Tickets are now on sale for $66 and up.
It’s never too early to start thinking about festival season. To that end, Spring Awakening Music Festival, taking place June 9-11 in Adams-Medill Park, has made the first major announcement of the season by announcing phase one of its 2017 lineup to include Afrojack, Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Diplo, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Datsik, Die Antwoord, Duke Dumont, Excision, Galantis, Griz, Krewella, and Louis the Child. Tickets are currently on sale for $169 and up, with the festival’s phase two announcement scheduled for next week.
The sun was out in full force on a glorious Sunday afternoon for Riot Fest’s final day, and the weather did not go unnoticed by former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, who thanked mother nature “for not being a cunt.” Meanwhile, Juliette Lewis rocked a tight set in an even tighter American flag-styled jumpsuit while strutting the stage and crowd surfing like she’d been shot out of a cannon, particularly on blazing covers of CCR’s “Proud Mary” and Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” If anyone was yet to start feeling the vibes, Andrew W.K. immediately plastered smiles on the faces of the few remaining frowners with a typically uplifting set of party jams punctuated by a killer electric rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” that would have made Hendrix proud. Chevy Metal played one of the surprise sets of the fest, ripping through a good-times parade of well chosen covers including Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen”, Faces’ “Stay With Me” and Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talking Bout Love” (which should be played at every fest, just out of general principle.) Similarly, War on Women came out of nowhere to deliver a furious set most noteworthy for the time lead singer Shawna Potter destroyed a Donald Trump piñata with a baseball bat. Underoath underwhelmed, but thankfully Me First & the Gimme Gimmes were there to revive the party with a “did they really just play that?” set of unexpected covers including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Me & Julio Down By the Schoolyard.” Sleater-Kinney uncorked an all-business set that was hard to find fault with, but Death Grips stole the show with one of the most searing performances in recent memory that felt about as revolutionary as a modern rock set could. Flanked by giant pumpkins, Misfits closed out the night with a terrifying set of crowd-pleasers that featured Glenn Danzig front and center with the audience feeling as if it was witnessing something truly special. Which, of course, it was. BY JOHN KURNAT–PHOTO BY SARAH HESS
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After a successful opening day, Riot Fest continued its trail of debauchery with a strong lineup to kick off day two. Fucked Up worked the crowd into a frenzy when lead singer Damian Abraham wandered into the audience and remained there for nearly the entire set, at times causing his microphone to become unplugged in the process. The Vandals reminded the crowd that they are still quite probably the funniest remaining true punk band, as they cracked joke after joke and at one point even roasted a photographer onstage. The Hold Steady opened their set with an introduction to fans: “We’re The Hold Steady, boys and girls in America. Let’s have a real sad time together.” Vocalist Craig Finn seemed a bit out of place holding his guitar through most songs rather than playing it, but nonetheless delivered an exciting if at times erratic set. Brand New drew an impressive crowd and wasted no time launching into hits like “Okay, I Believe you….But my Tommy Gun Don’t” with a video screen serving as their backdrop playing videos of long desolate roads and lonely cornfields. Method Man and Redman kicked off their set with a message to fans: “When you come to a Method Man and Redman show, you need two things: weed and energy.” Standing amongst the crowd, one could tell there was no shortage of either. Death Cab for Cutie put on a solid show as usual, although at times the band fought to be heard over the thumping bass of other acts playing simultaneously, with many drunken shouts of “MORRISSEY!” interrupting the quiet voice of vocalist Ben Gibbard. As fans lined up early to wait for the most widely anticipated act of the night, meat vendors prepared to shut down. In true Morrissey fashion, he arrived on stage more than 30 minutes late but did not disappoint, launching into fan favorites such as “Suedehead” with fans shouting along “she was a good lay, good lay.” BY MIKE MILAZZO–PHOTO BY SARAH HESS
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