Wicker Park Green Music Fest 6.21-6.22

Wicker Park Green Music Fest
Wicker Park Green Music Fest
One part music, one part eco-living is the recipe behind the annual Wicker Park Green Music Fest. For a sixth consecutive year, Wicker Park Green Music Fest will rock Chicagoans into making environmentally-conscious choices in their lives this summer. As always, heart-pounding live music is the highlight of the weekend, and this year’s new ‘pedal powered’ stage has raised the bar. Besides cyclists providing the natural wattage for the music, this unique Chicago street festival pairs culturally relevant musical performances alongside vendors championing green business practices, with demonstrations, arts & crafts and family activities – all wrapped up into one summer weekend, Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 (location info listed under ‘fine print’ section).

By embracing established and emerging green technology, products, and services, Wicker Park Green Music Fest’s 2014 mission encompasses an accessible community with cutting-edge programming, engaged and informed citizens, and sustainable lifestyles.

The Green Music:
First and foremost, Wicker Park Green Music Fest is at its core, a music festival. Two stages programmed by Wicker Park’s own Subterranean feature non-stop live music all weekend, with everything from cutting-edge local groups to national touring headliners like Moon Taxi and Guided By Voices, who have recorded six high-quality full-length albums in less than four years. If the sorry state of the present day indie- alt- or just plain rock landscape is the disease, groups like Guided By Voices is the cure. The full weekend music lineup is as follows:

Saturday, June 21

North Stage:
Guided By Voices – 8:30
Bobby Bare Jr – 7:20
Viet Cong – 6:10
Cheap Girls – 5:00
Meat Wave – 4:00
Geronimo! – 3:00

Bicycle Powered Stage:
honeyhoney – 7:30
Edward David Anderson – 6:15
Mike Golden & Friends – 5:10
Safe Haven – 4:10
Pat McKillen – 3:40
Woodrow Hart & Haymaker – 3:00
Mississippi Gabe Carter – 2:10
Old Honey Drums – 1:25

Sunday, June 22

North Stage:
Moon Taxi – 8:30
The Features – 7:20
AM Taxi – 6:10
The Soil & The Sun – 5:00

Bicycle Powered Stage:
Chicago Farmer – 7:30
Charlie Parr – 6:15
The Root Cause – 5:20
Pat McKillen – 4:40
Simpleton & Cityfolk – 3:50
Althea Grace – 3:00
Nick Fisher – 2:15
Pat McKillen, Tarek Salam 22 Peace – 1:45
Movement – 1:00
Eugiene Grey – 12:15

The Bicycle Powered Stage:
Since news of the Bicycle Powered Music Stage broke last month, the response has been overwhelming. The incredible outpouring from interested cyclists has led to bike clubs and shops, such as Roscoe Village Bikes, forming teams to cover power shifts. During these stints, eight stationary bikes will provide the natural energy source for the main stage’s amps, guitars, spotlights, etc. Cycling teams, spinning instructors and bike enthusiasts alike are still encouraged to participate – all in effort to promote low-impact transportation. California-based Rock the Bike is providing Wicker Park Green Music Fest with the special equipment and expertise. The cycles will be plugged into a generator, and the faster people pedal, the more energy they create for the music.

The fest’s management company, Criterion Productions, has a goal of signing up 500 volunteers – from experienced cyclists to novices – to man shifts lasting anywhere from 10 minutes long to a couple of hours. People interested in riding at Wicker Park Green Music Fest can email info@criterionproductions.com. Otherwise, just show up at the fest’s south stage during the event. Additional motivators for participants include a cyclist Hydration Station, giveaways ranging from water bottles to T-Shirts, and a chance to win a brand new Fat Tire bike donated by New Belgium Brewery.

The Green Production:
Wicker Park Green Music Fest goes above and beyond the City of Chicago requirements to provide reliable collection and follow-through of recycling and composting on festival grounds. The producers of Wicker Park Green Music Fest have again partnered with local sustainability consulting firm Bright Beat to ensure that recyclable or compostable items are used at the fest, then properly handled, to prevent contamination and maximize the material diverted from landfills. “Eco Educators” will be positioned at Eco Stations to guide people on proper disposal, and share helpful tips to bring those green practices home. Other on-site initiatives include the exclusive use of IngeoTM cups made from plants, which will be recycled by local non-profit Resource Center, water refill stations at every beer tent (don’t forget your water bottle!), a program designed to encourage bicycling to and from the festival, a biodiesel fueled North Stage (opposite the Bicycle Powered Stage, of course), and creative green-focused art.

The Green Vendors & Activities:
Throughout the green vendor village, you can: find out how to save money and make your home more efficient, buy local fresh and organic treats; explore interesting vendors of unique, environmentally-friendly crafts and products; and enjoy food & drink served with compostable food service items from some of the most popular neighborhood restaurants. In addition to some of the best live tunes of the summer concert season, Wicker Park Green Music Fest will show you how we can begin to make a difference with small changes to our own lives and how we can build on these changes with our neighbors.

The Green Family Fun Fest:
Presented by the Wicker Park Parents’ Association, the Green Family Fun Fest at Wicker Park Green Music Fest provides plenty of fun-filled and educational children’s activities throughout the weekend (from noon to 5 pm each day), including: recycled arts & crafts, DIY musical instruments, henna artists, bounce house, mini-golf, kiddie play area, and children’s musical programming. The Wicker Park Parents’ Association has partnered with the Chicago Park District to provide funding and kids’ programming at Wicker Park, including a college application prep program to start in Fall 2014.

The Green Fine Print:
There is a $5 suggested donation for admission to Wicker Park Green Music Fest. Location: Damen between North and Schiller. Hours of operation both days: noon to 10 pm (Wicker Park Green Family Fun Fest hours are noon to 5 pm both days). The event is dog-friendly (with leashes). The event beneficiary is Wicker Park Parents’ Association. The funding benefits children’s programming in the park. Wicker Park Green Music Fest 2014 is sponsored in part by: Hailo, New Belgium Brewery (greenest brewery in the US), Clif Bar, Red Bull, and WXRT.

For more info, visit www.greenmusicfestchicago.com.

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