SECOND WAVE OF ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR
AWARD-WINNING GREEN MUSIC FEST LINEUP
JUNE 10 & 11, 2017
Nothing, Jay Som, The Appleseed Cast,
Heartless Bastards’ Erika Wennerstrom, Nap Eyes and more join
headliners JD McPherson, Lucero and July Talk
CHICAGO (May 16, 2017)—Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce and Subterranean are thrilled to announce the second wave of artists to join Green Music Fest’s 2017 lineup: Nothing, Jay Som, The Appleseed Cast, Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards), Nap Eyes, Forth Wanderers, CAAMP, Two Cow Garage, Henry Jamison, Shannen Moser, Jennifer Hall, Bonelang, ESSO, Church Booty, Nashon Halloway Band and Belonger. Previously announced headliners for Chicago’s award-winning Green Music Fest are R&B rocker JD McPherson, alt-country rock group Lucero and Canadian alternative rock band July Talk. Green Music Fest takes place in Wicker Park on June 10 and 11, 2017. For more information and a full music schedule, visit GreenMusicFestChicago.com.
June 10, South Stage
An American rock band that formed in 2010, Nothing self-released several EPs before signing to Relapse Records, and released their debut album, “Guilty of Everything” in March 2014. The follow-up album, “Tired of Tomorrow”, was released on May 13, 2016. Known for their high energy and high-volume tracks, Nothing’s sound is molded by the band’s own experiences, from family troubles and personal tragedy to a string of bad luck that Murphy’s Law would balk at.
June 11, North Stage
22-year-old Melina Duterte is known as Jay Som and solidifies her reputation as a self-made force of sonic splendor and emotional might. Duterte is as DIY as ever—writing, recording, playing, and producing every sound beyond a few backing vocals. With a range of sound stretching from wedding lo-fi rock to hi-fi home orchestration, Som weaves evocative autobiographical poetry into energetic punk, electrified folk and dreamy alt-funk.
The Appleseed Cast
June 10, South Stage
Formed in Lawrence, Kansas in 1997, The Appleseed Cast released the first album in 1998 and have since released seven albums, including their newest “Illumination Ritual in April”. The American rock band was founded in the early days of emo by singer-guitarist Christopher Crisci and guitarist Aaron Pillar, and quickly grew to fame. The Appleseed Cast has steadily evolved over the release of eight full-length albums with Crisci at the songwriting helm, changing lineups but never breaking up, continuing to hone the TAC sound. TAC’s predominantly guitar-based music has morphed from an early "emo" sound with an ethereal, yet punk sensibility to an indie rock sound hinging on intricate drumming and crowd-loving vocals.
Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards)
June 10, North Stage
Erika Wennerstrom is best known as the lead singer and songwriter of Heartless Bastards. After spending the past decade touring with her band and pushing their unique brand of rock n’ roll into new shapes over five acclaimed albums, Wennerstrom is taking some time off to explore new directions and work on her upcoming solo album.
June 10, North Stage
Hailing from Nova Scotia, Nap Eyes makes crooked, literate guitar pop refracted through the gray Halifax rain. Recorded live to tape with no overdubs, their songs are equal parts shambling and sophisticated, with one eye on the dirt and one trained on the starry firmament. Following the July 2015 reissue of their 2014 debut “Whine of the Mystic,” Nap Eyes released an album of all-new material entitled “Thought Rock Fish Scale” in early 2016. The critically acclaimed album, described by Pitchfork as "brimming with passion and protest," was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize.
June 10, South Stage
Forth Wanderers are five friends from Montclair, New Jersey. Together they make some of the most powerfully intimate and emotive indie-rock music you’re likely to hear. Comprised of singer Ava Trilling, guitarists Ben Guterl and Duke Greene, bassist Noah Schifrin and drummer Zach Lorelli, despite all being under the age of 21, the group have been prolifically forging musical creations from the bedrooms of their Garden State township since 2013. Forth Wanderers have been building a loyal fan base plucked from disparate scenes, drawing comparisons from everyone from Built To Spill and Pavement to Mac Demarco and Weezer.
June 11, North Stage
Evan plays the banjo, Taylor plays the guitar and together they slam stages as the power duo, CAAMP. The childhood friends have been writing songs since 2012 and began performing as CAAMP in 2015. In March of 2016, the duo released their self-titled, debut record that has since put them on the map. Their original song "Ohio" charted at #4 on the US Spotify Viral Chart and the album currently has over 2.5 million streams. CAAMP is known for their heartfelt sound, and authentic live shows that leave their loyal crowds with hearts pounding.
Now in its ninth consecutive year, Green Music Fest embraces environmentally conscious and green technologies like its pedal-powered stage, where attendees pedal stationary bicycles to power amps, guitars, spotlights and more. Bright Beat returns to lead the festival’s eco education and sustainability programming. In addition to live music stages and a variety of Lagunitas brews, the festival showcases innovative green vendors and products, along with the return of Pet Fest & Kids Fest areas where kids with and without paws can enjoy demonstrations, crafts, games and more. The community tables will be boosted this year to include even more green-minded folks sharing their passion for zero-waste lifestyles, organic benefits and sustainable ways to improve the home. Plus, just like last year, attendees can adopt a tree at the festival to take home with them!
Green Music Fest returns June 10 and 11, 2017, from 12-10 p.m. daily in the heart of Wicker Park on Damen Ave. between Schiller St. and North Ave. A $10 donation at admission awards attendees the “Refill Don’t Landfill” reusable stainless steel cup to enjoy at the festival. Attendees are encouraged to arrive on foot or bicycle to minimize their environmental impact. For more information and programming updates, visit www.greenmusicfestchicago.com.
About the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce
The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce serves as a cornerstone of the Wicker Park and Bucktown commercial districts, advancing the financial goals of neighborhood businesses through the creation of a dynamic economic climate, increasing the neighborhood's visibility and viability, and encouraging profitable relationships within the community. The Chamber administers the Wicker Park Bucktown Special Service Area (SSA) #33, guided by a Commission of SSA stakeholders who serve on active committees. For more information, please visit www.wickerparkbucktown.com.
The iconic Wicker Park live music venue, Subterranean, brings the very best of local and national talent. Focusing on the direct message of serving up a diverse catalogue of genres, this three-story venue has aided the masses from Chicago to the surrounding areas in the very same location throughout two decades. Subterranean has been curating festivals, bringing the music to the streets of Wicker Park, for over a decade. For more information and an events calendar visit www.subt.net.
About Bright Beat
Bright Beat is a project management and sustainability consultancy that provides leadership in the development and management of environmental and social sustainability programs. From assessment and strategy to implementation and promotion- Bright Beat partners (and the planet) reap the benefits of improved efficiency and conservation, while educating and engaging the public. Since 2010 Bright Beat programs have led to the donation, repurposing, recycling and composting of over 1,500 tons of material that would’ve otherwise been destined for the landfill. Since 2012 Bright Beat has spearheaded Green Music Fest’s sustainability programming. Learn more at www.brightbeat.com.