The Edgewater Arts Festival is back again this year with a bevy of art, music, brews, food, and more to highlight the neighborhood’s cultural importance to the city. This annual event is perfect for the whole family and that is shown with last year’s diverse stage lineup. From captivating flamenco dancers like El Payo Flamenco Cuadro to infectious jazz and pop-influenced Chicago Traffic Jam Street Jam performing at last year’s festival, it is apparent cultural and musical diversity is happening even with the stage lineup.
This year’s festival takes place on September 29-30 and again is ready to deliver an array of music to add some rhythmic flair to the colorful event. Amid the vast representation of visual artists of all genres and the food and drink supplied by popular local restaurants and breweries, the stage adds more dimension to this annual event.
Great Moments in Vinyl
The popular band Great Moments in Vinyl is one of the performers is taking the stage this year to share their infectious and impressive set of the music of cherished artists. On the East Stage during the festival, the band will be a headliner and playing the music of David Bowie and The Beatles. On Saturday, they will channel a legend with a set celebrating the work of the late David Bowie and on Sunday, the ever-popular and canonized band, The Beatles will be channeled by Great Moments in Vinyl to add a deep nostalgia to the artful vibe the festival is none for yet again this year.
Co-headliners, La Tosca from the Pilsen neighborhood will bring their Italian and Latin flavor from the southside to the northside on the West Stage for the Edgewater Arts Festival. Supported by an array of publications and organizations like Best of Chicago Magazine, the Garfield Park Conservatory, and Italian and Latin organizations, La Tosca is truly a part of the fabric of Chicago’s rich musical canon. The band will be the headliners on Saturday, September 29th to feed the festival’s celebration of the diversity and talent in our city.
Music for All to Enjoy
The lineup of incredible music this year doesn’t stop with the headliners, though. Unfinished Business, Melody Angel, and Rhythm Revolution will also be taking the stage during the festival to further the mission of the annual event to bring the cultural vitality present in the city to the arts-driven Edgewater neighborhood. Unfinished Business will bring classic rock to the East Stage while southside-born Melody Angel whose bluesy rock repertoire will heat up the vibe of the fest’s events. Headed by master drummer and educator, John Yost, Rhythm Revolution is an interactive drum circle whose mission is to bring healing and joy to its audience while educating through interaction.
Stop by the Festival
As visitors find themselves surrounded by the inspiration art affords, the performers on the festival stages just add even more energy to the two-day event and should not be missed. This year’s edition of the Edgewater Arts Festival will again fulfill its mission to spotlight the richness of the city of Chicago and particularly the northside neighborhood.
From the beginnings of the Edgewater Artists in Motion filling empty storefronts with the work of local artists to the Edgewater Arts Festival’s success since 2016, the fest is a wonderful component to Chicago’s fall arts scene as it brings together so many creatives.
This year’s festival will take place September 29th and 30th on Granville between Broadway and Sheridan. Be sure to visit for live music, craft beer, art, and more.