Black Diamond Heavies
Black Diamond Heavies Credit: Patrick Boissel

The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest presents music (as well as a bit of dance and theater) on three stages from noon till 8 PM this Saturday and Sunday in Rogers Park, on Glenwood from Farwell to Lunt and along the 1400 block of Morse.

The Morseland presents the Morse Stage, at Morse and Greenview, where Saturday’s highlights include Deal’s Gone Bad and soulful hard rockers the Black Diamond Heavies, one of the few out-of-town bands at the fest (they also play an aftershow at Morseland); Sunday’s lineup features Elephant Gun and Ifficial Reggae.

The Heartland Cafe and Red Line Tap present the North Stage, at Glenwood and Lunt, whose bright spots on Saturday include the Polkaholics and M.O.T.O., who are in the middle of a farewell tour of Chicago before main man Paul Caporino moves to Providence, Rhode Island, in September; Sunday’s roster includes the Princes of Futa, bluegrass combo the Henhouse Prowlers, and reggae band the Drastics.

Duke’s Bar and Lifeline Theatre present the South Stage, at Glenwood and Farwell, headlined by the Sons of Susan and BK Elmore on Saturday and Tom Holland & the Shuffle Kings and Will Wandering on Sunday.

A kickoff party Friday from 6 till 10 PM on the 6900 block of N. Glenwood features Devil in a Woodpile, belly-dancing troupe Read My Hips, and fire dancers Pyrotechniq. Throughout the fest the studios and galleries of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District will be open (a map is available on-site) and Rogers Park restaurants and bars will be selling food and drink. There will also be the usual street-fair arts-and-crafts booths, plus family entertainment that includes a KidFest Area and several of the bookings on the South Stage. For more info, call 773-761-4477 or visit