Chicago is hot stuff this summer, and we're not just talking about the triple-digit temperatures. Our beloved city is jam-packed with all kinds of fun events, including the annual neighborhood fests. One that's a good time for everyone, from singles to seniors, families and friends, is Jeff Park Arts & Music Fest, which takes place July 27-29, 2012.
Jeff Fest rocks!
As a previous decades-long resident of Jefferson Park, I had the pleasure of attending this event several times. One of the highlights has always been the bands, and this year is no exception. If you love rock/punk music, you have to check out one of the headliners, Smoking Popes.
I attended a live concert when they taped a show for JBTV last year. They are excellent musicians who really connect with their audience, and down-to-earth, easily relatable guys. Their songs "Need You Around," "Rubella" and "I Know You Love Me" are my personal favorites. If you have not had the chance to see them in person, or it's been a while, I strongly suggest you catch them at Jeff Fest.
Another performer to look out for is Mike Felten, a local acoustic singer/songwriter. I've seen Mike play live a few times, so if you appreciate thought-provoking, heartfelt music with a message (think Dylan, Guthrie, Buckley), then this is one guy you will definitely want to see.
Other very impressive musical entertainment includes WXRT faves, Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra, along with Voodoo Kings, Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans, country rockers Jason and the Scorchers, Give Back and Jimmy Burns Band, among others.
B-I-N-G-O, Bags, Food and Games Galore
Fans of bingo and bags are in for a treat, as you'll get the chance to play for moolah with bingo games and a special cornhole tournament (you can pre-register online) throughout the weekend.
For the little ones, you'll find a Kids Corner that features a scavenger hunt, hula hoops, face painting, musical chairs and a magic show.
What would a festival be without the goodies? Food and drink vendors include Engine 1871 Mobile Pizza and BBQ, Uncle Bubs BBQ, Duck N Roll, Taquero Fusion, Creative Cooking and the Wagyu Wagon Food Truck. There will also be beer, mixed drinks, pop, water and energy drinks for sale.
When, Where and How Much?
Jeff Fest will be held July 27-29, 2012 on the grounds of Jefferson Memorial Park at 4822 N. Long in Chicago. You are encouraged to bring a blanket and lawn chairs. Want to leave the car at home? No problem -- the Metra/CTA/Pace bus and train terminal is across the street from the festival.
Admission is $7 ($5 before 5:00 p.m. on Saturday/Sunday), kids 12 and under are free. You also have the option to purchase a wrist band for $15, which is good for all three days.
To find more information on the Jeff Park Arts & Music Festival, please visit their website.
Have fun and enjoy the wonderful music!