Chicago is lucky in so many ways. We've built ourselves up as a national leader in arts, culture and dining and the opportunities that come our way prove that the work was worth it. This month, our local music scene says hello to a new type of concert, one that American Girls (and boys) should get excited about.
Petty Fest comes to the Metro on April 23. Brought to us by the same people who made The Best Fest (a celebration of Bob Dylan's life and work) a New York City tradition, Petty Fest aptly pays tribute to the music of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Born in 1950, Tom Petty has been one of the most recognizable names in rock ‘n roll for the better part of four decades. With more than 80 million records sold, he's also one of the best selling artists of all time.
Petty himself won't be in attendance but that doesn't mean the lineup isn't stacked. Bob Dylan's own son Jakob tops the bill along with special guests like Alison Mosshart (of The Kills and The Dead Weather), John Stirratt (of Wilco and The Autumn Defense), Butch Walker, Erika Wennerstrom (of The Heartless Bastards), Kelly Hogan and heaping handfuls of other top notch musicians. The festival also promises a few surprises.
In addition to having a perfect excuse to sing along to classics like "Free Fallin'" and "You Got Lucky," Petty Fest also benefits a good cause. One hundred percent of ticket sales benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Sweet Relief seeks to assist professional musicians in need.
Petty Fest kicks off at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23. You must be 18 or older to attend. Tickets are on sale while they last for $21.