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Fest Watch 2011: West Fest

By Michele Lenni in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 2, 2011 8:20PM

westfest.bmp As we trudge through the numerous press releases for what seems like an endless amount of festivals here in Chicago sometimes we grow more than a little jaded in the face of the sometimes cheesy traditional fest-fare they have to offer. When our eyes glanced upon the information for West Fest we were stopped in our tracks and immediately did our happy dance. Not only will Chicagoians be treated to the usual local vendors, food and family and pet options that fests tend to bring, but the music this year at West Fest surprised us quite a bit with not only the veteran west fest-ers like Scott Lucas of Local H, but critically acclaimed acts like King Khan featuring Gris Gris Sound and a DJ Set by former Six Finger Satellite guitarist and dance music convert Juan Maclean. Of course we are also excited to see local acts like the lady garage vixens, Hollowsand Descendents disciples, Team Band.

Check out the lineup for yourself and get ready for summer fest madness:

Damen Avenue Stage

Saturday, July 9
1:00 p.m. The Socialists
2:30 p.m. No Joy
4:00 p.m. Liturgy
5:30 p.m. Bare Mutants
7:00 p.m. Hollows
8:30 p.m. Local H

Sunday, July 10
1:00 p.m. Purple Apple
2:30 p.m. Team Band
4:00 p.m. A Lull
5:30 p.m. Those Darlins
7:00 p.m. Syl Johnson featuring The Uptown
8:30 p.m. King Khan featuring Gris Gris Sound

DJ Stage
Chicago Avenue at Wood Street
with the VOID sound system

Saturday, July 9

Juan Maclean Dj Set 8:30-10
Drop The Lime 7-8:30
Dark Wave Disco 6-7:00
Zebo 5-6:00
Pickel & Dj Intel 4-5:00
Justin Reed 3-4:00

Sunday, July 10
Derrick Carter 8:30-10
Diz 7:30-8:30
Jesse de la Pena 6:30-7:30
John Simmons 5:30-6:30
Shaka 23 4:30-5:30
Striz 3:30-4:30

West Fest is Saturday, July 9 and Sunday July 10, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Chicago Ave. between Damen & Wood. $5 suggested donation at the gate.