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Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival 2013 

The "arts" in this case include music from Cave, the Cairo Gang, and William Cepeda.

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All Tiny Creatures

All Tiny Creatures

Chris Rosenau

Occupying the street that shares its name from Kedzie to Diversey Avenue, the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival turns five this weekend with loads of pop-up art galleries and food vendors plus two stages of (mostly) local music. On Friday moombahton disciples Milo & Otis kick out the jams at 5 PM on the Community Stage (Milwaukee and Diversey), followed by Latin-ska band Los Vicios de Papa and Krautrockers Cave. Future-boogie auteur Dam-Funk headlines the Culture Stage (Milwaukee and Kedzie) after sets by locals Jugo de Mango and Bare Mutants. Music starts at 12:30 PM on Saturday, and the Community Stage features minimalist synth-pop band All Tiny Creatures as headliners, plus scuzz-punk five-piece Basic Cable (whose lineup includes Reader music-listings wrangler Luca Cimarusti), honky-tonk combo the Lawrence Peters Outfit, Emmett Kelly's group the Cairo Gang (this year's Best of Chicago pick for "Best Rock Band"), and others; on the Culture Stage, glitch-pop experimenter and Black Moth Super Rainbow mastermind Tobacco headlines, and openers include Bill Mac­Kay & LeRoy Bach, starry-­eyed pop band Santah, and garagey ramble rockers Dumpster Babies. Music starts at 12:30 PM on Sunday too, with alt-­country veterans the Waco Brothers topping the Culture Stage lineup after Columbia-bred fusion band M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, pizza-obsessed MC Show­YouSuck, and more; Puerto Rican trombonist, percussionist, and bandleader William Cepeda headlines the Community Stage with an army of guests, including AfriCaribe, and openers include rock-apella group the Blue Ribbon Glee Club, unhinged rock unit Football, and one-man concept-pop band Netherfriends. The many restaurants setting up food tents include the Chicago Diner, Lula Cafe, and Reno; Cards Against Humanity, Sonnen­zimmer, Galerie F, and about 40 other vendors will hawk their wares. Admission to the whole shebang is a $5 suggested donation. For more info, see Fairs & Festivals listings by day or visit

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