This weekend local music blogs Chicago Singles Club, Notes & Bolts, Midwest Action, Loud Loop Press, Frontier Psychiatrist, and Local Loop have joined forces to put together the ElSounds Fest, a massive two-day lineup of Chicago bands taking place at both Cole’s and Cafe Mustache in Logan Square. On Sat 8/23, the festival is headlined by spazzy garage trio Absolutely Not at Cole’s, with other highlights including rowdy punks Velocicopter, avant-pop group Mines, and sleazy glam band Flesh Panthers. The headliner on Sun 8/24 is Peekaboos, and this show will also serve as a farewell performance by long-running local rock trio Rodeo. There’s also a Saturday evening show at Cafe Mustache which features Kelsey Wild and Soul Low, among others. All in all, there are 26 awesome bands playing and the entire thing costs zero dollars.
The shows at Cole’s begin at 4 PM and Cafe Mustache’s starts at 8 PM. Full lineups are listed below.