Chicago sure does love a neighborhood summer street festival. Sure, Pitchfork and Lollapalooza are great, but nothing beats paying around 10 bucks to bask in the sun while eating a BBQ turkey leg and checking out some great music.
The Taste of Randolph Street just threw down the gauntlet with their first announcement of acts playing the festival this year. The three headliners this year are Dr. Dog, Tinted Windows, and The Hold Steady. And in my opinion, these three acts alone already blow last years bill out of the water.
Dr. Dog recently played a sold out show at The Double Door, and has opened for the likes of Wilco, The Black Keys, and The Strokes. If you've been living under a rock and haven't heard about Tinted Windows (a much buzzed about act here at Gapers Block), it's the supergroup that was born out of the equation of 1 part old school Smashing Pumpkins, 1 part Fountains of Wayne, a dash of former pop sensation Hanson, and the bizarre addition of the drummer from Cheap Trick. And to finish off the Taste of Randolph will be the Springsteen loving indie rockers The Hold Steady, who brought down the house/field last year at Pitchfork Music Festival.
And all this for a suggested donation of $10. Nice.
The Taste of Randolph is June 19, 20, and 21st. The Festival is held on Randolph Street between Peoria and Racine. Keep checking the website for more band announcements.