As if Chicago music fans didn’t already have a dozen festivals cluttering up their busy summer plans of hating on the Cubs, eating hot dogs, complaining about Mayor Daley, lazily watching World Cup soccer, and thinking of plans to break into Lollapalooza, the North Coast Music Festival has been announced, with lineup, and is scheduled as “Summer’s Last Stand” during the weekend of September 3 - 5.
The festival, in its inaugural year, already has an impressive lineup with plenty of acts still yet to be added. So far, the list includes Chemical Brothers, Nas & Damian Marley, Umphrey’s McGee, Disco Biscuits, Moby (DJ Set), Pretty Lights, Benny Benassi, Paul Van Dyk, Cold War Kids, De La Soul, Mayer Hawthorne & The County, Jay Electronica, Boys Noize, Flying Lotus, Benga, Jakob Dylan & Three Legs, Laidback Luke, Future Rock, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Green Velvet, Phantogram, Van Ghost, Two Fresh, Paul Kalkbrenner, Orchard Lounge, The Uglysuit, and Loyal Divide.
The festival will be held in Union Park and tickets cost $35 dollars per day! Plus, in a move sure to infuriate Mayor Daley and his “let’s suck the schools dry” program, a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Urban Initiatives, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that runs a health, education, and soccer program in 14 Chicago area public schools. And trust me, if Chicago public schools need anything, it’s money, because Mayor Daley is a real jerk and he hates kids.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go watch the Cubs fail, again, and eat hot dogs all day while complaining about Mayor Daley and trying to find time to go a buttload of music festivals.
• North Coast Music Festival: http://www.northcoastfestival.com