Festival spotlight: Pitchfork
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 16:08
Chicago is known for its summertime concerts in the park, specifically Lolla, which recently sold-out of three-day passes (sigh).
But what about the ones that are lesser known? I’m talking about the Pitchfork Music Festival that’s held at Union Park in July.
Yes, quality outdoor music fests exist outside Lollapalooza.
Where Lollapalooza is more radio friendly, Pitchfork encompasses an indie flair which makes its lineups more enticing to the more obscure music junkie. Let’s face it; the Grant Park show may be an unforgettable experience, but it's reserved for the big names that have already made it. There’s a difference between who the Chili Peppers are now and who they were. And you know you like their early stuff (like “Give it Away” from 1992). That’s why there’s nothing better than seeing up and coming acts perform. Years down the line you could say you were there. You want to know more, right?
Since 2006, Pitchfork has put out lineups that feature strong acts from some of your typical music styles; rap, indie rock, electric, and jazz. It’s one of those festivals you attend if you want to improve your music knowledge. These artists aren’t your typical radio performers, and that’s what makes the festival impressive. And with lineups as diverse as the neighborhood it’s in, Pitchfork promises to be a part of your summer plans for years to come.
Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, and Schoolboy Q are just a few names making their way to Union Park this summer. Check it out, it’s even worth riding the green line for...