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Bongripper

Bongripper

John Sturdy

When: June 26-28, 12 p.m. 2015
Moving this year to the base of the Illinois Centennial Monument, the Logan Square Arts Festival celebrates the still-booming northwest-side neighborhood by rolling out two stages of live music that feature an eclectic and stellar lineup of Chicago bands as well as a few out-of-towners. Programmed by cocktail hot spot the Whistler (2421 N. Milwaukee), the main stage tries to rattle the monument’s foundation right from the get-go, as local DIY kings Bongripper—accompanied by their brand of massive, instrumental stoner metal—headline Friday’s festivities. Minneapolis indie rockers On an On and (this just in!) Cleveland punks Cloud Nothings handle the closing duties at the main stage on Saturday, while Helado Negro (aka producer Roberto Carlos Lange) is the last to perform on Sunday. Other excellent examples of local talent on the main stage over the course of the weekend include Oshwa, Sam Prekop of the Sea and Cake, Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta, and rapper Serengeti. The Elastic Arts Foundation (3429 W. Diversey) offers a wide range of sounds at the community stage, including sets of jazz from Katherine Young and Tim Daisy, salsa by James Sanders & Conjunto, and spacey folk from Moon Bros. Businesses and storefronts in the area—like Uncharted Books, Shop 1021, and Half Italian, among several others—will convert portions of their spaces into art galleries showcasing and selling work by local artists. And nearby restaurants, cafes, and bars will definitely be hawking booze and snacks. Proceeds from the event will benefit planned restorations to the Centennial Monument. —Luca Cimarusti

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