How does one define "American music"? There is no one answer. There is no one genre, only a history of talented artists that have popularized dozens of different styles. That's what Chicago's Dunn Dunn Fest sets out to highlight every winter.
The music festival kicks off this Thursday and will host 15 concerts at six venues over three days. Local and national acts will come together to create another fantastic lineup in 2015. If you're looking for suggestions as to which shows to catch, try these out:
Feb. 19, July Talk at Subterranean - It might seem weird to kick off your weekend celebrating American music at Dunn Dunn Fest with a Canadian band, but July Talk is a perfect combination of the same rock ‘n roll and blues that we hold so dear to our hearts stateside. Similarly, blues local rock act Mutts kicks off the night along with our Wisconsin neighbors The Traveling Suitcase. Tickets are $10.
Feb. 19, Luke Winslow - King at the Hideout - He might call New Orleans home but Luke Winslow-King has a special bond with Chicago since signing with local label Bloodshot Records. He possesses a knowledge and talent for the Delta blues (along with country folk, jazz and gospel) well beyond his years. Chicago country singers Michele McGuire and Kory Quinn open up the show. Buy tickets for advance for $10 here.
Feb. 19, Chicago Funk Mafia at the Tonic Room - Don't let the name intimidate you. Nobody's getting whacked at this show! Nothing warms up a cold winter night like a sizzling horn section and a tight rhythm section from the Chicago Funk Mafia. Catfish & The Dogstars get the jams started early. Tickets are only $8.
Feb. 20, Bailiff at Subterranean - If there is any one band on this bill that encapsulates the spirit of Dunn Dunn Fest, it's Bailiff. These Chicagoans dance between the lines of rock, pop, soul and funk. Fellow locals Minor Characters will set the stage with fresh indie rock licks and The Go Roundsfrom Kalamazoo open up the show. Buy tickets for $10 here.
Feb. 20, Save The Clocktower at the Hideout - Despite the throwback reference to Back To The Future in the band's name, Save The Clocktower have been creating some of the coolest futuristic sounds on Chicago's scene over the last four years. Think indie rock with a full synth presence. Get there early to catch psychedelic surf rockers Divino Niño and fantastically talented singer/songwriter Quinn Tsan. Purchase $10 tickets here.
Feb. 21, IndigoSun at Subterranean - Wind down your Dunn Dunn Fest experience with the cool breeze of IndigoSun's jazzy, electronics-heavy jam band stylings. The Mainstays kick things off with funk and soul by way of Michigan followed by Sun Stero who will bring more interstellar sounds to the stage. Buy tickets here for $10.
Need more? Check out a full listing of shows on Dunn Dunn Fest's website.