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The Boulevard Festival – Sunday Preview

One day till The Boulevard! Put that Spotify premium account to good use and try out YouTube’s new Theatre mode to prepare yourself for a weekend full of great jams.



Our Sunday Picks:

1. Rubblebucket at 8pm – This band is many things and nothing at all; it’s a mindset, a legend, a feeling, a mystery; a mischievous, playful, boundary-smashing blast of sound that you can sit still and wonder at, or turn off your mind and move wildly to. Or both at the same time. As Kalmia said, when she handed me one of her now-famous peanut butter, cheddar cheese, cabbage, honey tacos, “This is the weirdest, most delicious thing you will ever taste.” And if you won’t take it on my authority, take it on the authority of a small, but reputable publication called Rolling Stone, reporting from Bonnaroo: “Rubblebucket revved up like an indie-rock Miami Sound Machine, dancers, horns and all.” And if you won’t take it on Rolling Stone’s authority, leave it to the words of guitarist Ian: “Our music is like being at a raging party, but in the center of it, there’s this beautiful painting that you’re staring at, trying to wrap your mind around.” Or the words of our dad, Tim Traver: “Kids these days.”  – Mollie Traver

2. Orgone at 6:30pm –  Formed in the late 1990s in Los Angeles, Orgone remains dedicated to creating heavy, raw, adrenaline-fueled funk and sweat-dripping soul. With a core rhythm section of close friends and self-taught musicians steeped in the DJ culture of L.A., Orgone has spent the last decade expanding their roster and evolving a sound that simultaneously recognizes its roots in old school respect and pulsates with the force of the new millennium. While becoming a staple on the festival circuit in the early 2000s, Orgone has gained a reputation among fellow artists for being one of the baddest go-to backing bands on the planet.

In addition to writing and performing their own music, Orgone also works wonders as a backing band to many of today’s popular artists. From appearances on Alicia Keys’ “Teenage Love Affair” (2008) to Cee Lo Green’s “Fool for Love” (2011), Orgone is constantly evolving to stay tuned in to the rhythm of music’s ever-changing tides.  (From their Facebook Page)


3. Kung Fu at 5:15pm – Through discipline, practice & study, Kung Fu has sought excellence in the art of improvised dance music. Schooled by the masters, The Headhunters, Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Frank Zappa, the quintet of masterfully seasoned musicians blends electro-jazz-funk with an EDM informed danceability at the highest level of skill & inspiration nightly. The resulting “NU-SION” is “captivating”, “explosive”, “jaw-dropping” and “musically mesmerizing. Prepare yourselves for a devastating, LETHAL FUNK to be rained down on you by a BAD-ASS BLACK-BELT BACKBEAT. For the uninitiated, the experience is typically shocking yet the focus is simple: ENTER THE DRAGON! (From their Facebook Page)

The Boulevard Festival – Friday Preview

It’s Boulevard week in Logan Square. This fun filled weekend of indie music is always a highlight of August in Chicago. Listen and watch our playlists and be sure to catch the PlaylistHQ picks below!


Our band picks:

1. Greensky Bluegrass at 830pm – “Having the word bluegrass in your name can limit expectations about a band, particularly when that band is Michigan-based Greensky Bluegrass, one of the most open-minded string outfits to ever deftly weave rock, folk, blues, country and yes, bluegrass into their own resonant creation. This pleasingly empathetic quintet moves with organic grace, finishing one another’s sentences and rolling in a most conversational way, a true group effort that resonates with listeners in subtle, tangible ways.” – Dennis Cook, Dirty Impound

2. Angel Melendez & The 911 Mambo Orchestra at 8pm – 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominee and 4th Annual Independent Music Awards 2005 Winner. What else do you need to know?

3. Judah & the Lion at 7pm – They are an americana-folk band with their roots planted in Nashville, TN. Their music comes from many influences that cumulates in a blend of folk instruments, played with fresh musicianship and powerful vocal harmonies. They got their start in December of 2011 and exist to create honest and relatable music. The lead singer, Judah Akers, banjo player, Nate Zuercher, and mandolinist, Brian Macdonald, lead the group and are honored to play with a band of talented musicians. They love music, love life, and love people.

Stay tuned for the Saturday and Sunday picks!