You might figure that every single neighborhood in the city has already thrown its own street festival this summer, but the South Loop is about to prove you wrong—the seventh annual Bash on Wabash is Sat 9/4 and Sun 9/5 (11 AM-10 PM) on Wabash between 13th and 14th. On Saturday the South Stage features mostly cover and tribute bands like Sixteen Candles, Rod Tuffcurls & the Bench Press, and Secondhand Smoke, while the North Stage caters more directly to folks looking to do a little ass shakin’ with a club-friendly lineup that includes local dance-party heroes Flosstradamus, 18-year-old Tampa MC Dominique Young Unique, and the Hood Internet. Sunday is generally a better day for music with guitars, thanks to a solid lineup that includes garage rockers the Detroit Cobras and dream-pop outfit Asobi Seksu on the North Stage and alt-rock veterans Cracker headlining the South Stage. A variety of area restaurants will be slinging nosh, arts and craft vendors will be lined up to sell their wares, and for the kids there will be a “Family Fun Zone” open noon-5 PM each day. Admission is a $5 suggested donation, with proceeds benefitting the Greater South Loop Association. For more information visit greatersouthloop.org.
Bash on Wabash
The South Loop street festival features performances by Cracker, the Detroit Cobras, Asobi Seksu, Flosstradamus, and Dominique Young Unique.