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Great American Lobster Fest Is Bringing Great Eats And Good Tunes In Its First Year

By Katie Karpowicz in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 14, 2014 3:20PM

2014_08_lobsterfest.jpg The term "rock lobster" gets new meaning this weekend when the Great American Lobster Fest debuts at Navy Pier amidst Air & Water Show festivities. Some of Chicago's best indie rock bands, most notably headliner Local H, will meet butter-drenched crustaceans at this first-year festival.

If Chicago's Midwestern location seems a bit deterrent to a festival focusing on fresh seafood, the organizers are way ahead of you. Lobster—along with other seafood favorites like shrimp and fish—is being flown in daily by the New England Seafood Company and delivered straight to our watering mouths. A truly drool-worthy menu consists of lobster rolls, lobster tacos and lobster mac and cheese...are we starting to sound like a Forrest Gump character yet?

Like most of Chicago's food-focused festivals, entertainment is also a draw. The musical lineup is a nice balance of cover and original acts from the Chicago area. Saturday's standouts include the aforementioned two-piece Local H, the ever-evolving indie act Netherfriends and Save The Clocktower.Sunday is heavy on cover bands—fans of KISS, Pearl Jam and Weezer will be pleased—but some of Chicagoist's local indie rock and pop favorites like White Mystery, Bailiff and Santah are all scheduled to hit the stage as well.

Despite the fact that this is the Great American Lobster Fest's first year on the scene, demand is high. Most ticket packages are sold out but $10 general admission tickets for each day (food costs not included) are still available.