Wicker Park Fest offers three stages of rock-leaning acts from all across the musical spectrum this Saturday and Sunday. On both days music begins at 2:20 PM on the North Stage, 3 PM on the Center Stage, and 2:05 PM on the South Stage. On Saturday the whimsical Man Man headline the North Stage, after the likes of Bahamas, Delicate Steve, and Kid Karate; country-fried punk legends the Meat Puppets headline the Center Stage, with support from Leagues, Young General, and the Bright White, among others; New York indie-pop band Cults headline the South Stage, sharing the bill with Tera Melos, local emo “supergroup” Their/They’re/There, the Lighthouse & the Whaler, Minor Characters, and more. On Sunday former 13th Floor Elevators front man Roky Erickson and Greg “Oblivian” Cartwright’s long-running band the Reigning Sound top off the North Stage lineup, with support from heavy-hitting locals such as Treasure Fleet, Secret Colours (see Soundboard), and Meat Wave; on the Center Stage punk-rock marching band Mucca Pazza takes the final slot, after Hey Champ, Brighton MA, Midwest Hype, and more; on the South Stage Ted Leo & the Pharmacists headline (see Soundboard), after sets from pop punkers Teenage Bottlerocket, Milwaukee rock band Trapper Schoepp & the Shades, and locals Planetsexploder and AM Taxi, among others. In addition to the standard street-fest features (a children’s area and booths from food vendors, retailers, nonprofits, craftspeople, et cetera), Wicker Park Fest hosts a Paul Preissner art installation, Gaates, and a Redmoon performance-art spectacle called The Ladder Machine—which includes an aerialist who pours champagne from an oversize chandelier adorned with bottles and glasses.
Six points and 40 bands at Wicker Park Fest 2013
Roky Erickson, Cults, the Meat Puppets, Ted Leo, the Reigning Sound, and more.