It's hard to pin an exact sound to roots rock ‘n roll. There are so many varied influences and products of "traditional" American rock music that choosing a single artist or band to sum up the genre would be nearly impossible. That's why the Chicago Roots Collective is bringing together two dozen of the city's finest up and coming indie, roots rock, singer-songwriters, alt-country and neo-folk artists this weekend for its fourth annual festival.
Given the classic feel of the Beat Kitchen's bar/music venue, the two-story Lakeview spot is an excellent outlet for the celebratory festival. The festival calls for two days of stripped down singer-songwriters performing in the upstairs music room and full bands like Cobalt and the Hired Guns and The Ewing Theory taking the main stage on the venue's first floor. When combined with Beat Kitchen's full food menu and hearty beer selection, it makes for the perfect weekend of blues and rock music.
The Chicago Roots Collective is a collaboration of local artists working to get their music heard around the city and beyond. True to the nature of the roots rock genre, musical members of the Roots Collective styles include influences spanning the map -- from blues to country to punk. With the freedom to amble between stages at the Beat Kitchen this weekend you'll be able to check out as many of these groups and solo artists as you'd like.
The Fourth Annual Chicago Roots Collective Festival is being held this Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17. It's perfect for families with teens in that you only have to be 17 years old to go. Each night the music begins at 8 p.m. and cover is just $10 per night.
Are you the kind of person that won't go blindly into a musical experience? Fair enough. Check out the official Chicago Roots Collective Mixtape, made up of festival performers, before you swing through the Beat Kitchen.