MUSIC

Friday

A Flock of Seagulls 8:45 pm

The seminal new wave band from Birmingham, A Flock of Seagulls made their indelible mark on the world with the iconic video for "I Ran", an early MTV staple. The band went on to record 5 LPs and win a grammy in 1983 for best rock instrumental performance.

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Devil in a Woodpile 8 pm

 

BEER TENT STAGE
American roots, jazz and blues.

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The Alarm 6:45 pm

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Formed in Wales in the early 80s, The Alarm became a staple on UK radio with singles like "The Stand" and "68 Guns". They earned an audience in the U.S. touring with acts like U2 and The Pretenders. Their anthemic rock numbers will kick off the Backlot Bash early. Don't miss this set.

VIDEO: 68 Guns

VIDEO: The Stand

Saturday

Soul Asylum 8:30 pm

Soul Asylum emerged from the same Minniappolis scene that spawned The Replacements and Hüsker Dü before them. Relentless touring, five LPs and college radio airplay made them midwestern club mainstays until they broke through with their platinum selling LP Grave Dancers Union containing the crossover hit single “Runaway Train”. Soul Asylum is touring in support of their new album, Change of Fortune.

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Frisbie 7 pm

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Frisbie, named after singer songwriter Steve Frisbie, has released 3 albums of power pop brilliance. Thier songwriting and performing chops have earned them supporting spots on tours with Cheap Trick, Wilco and Matthew Sweet and headline status on stages in Chicago and beyond. Backlot veterans may recognize Steve Frisbie from some of his guest performances with Tribitosaurus.

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Barlow 6 pm

BEER TENT STAGE
Early Jazz and country

The Differents 5 pm

MAIN STAGE
Rock and power pop from Chicago.

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James Elkington 4 pm

BEER TENT STAGE
British born, Chicago based singer/songwriter, James Elkington has worked with Jeff Tweed any Richard Thompson. His solo work draws on British folk and pop to form a truly unique and mesmerizing sound. This set promises to be a real treat for Backlot attendees who make their way to the Beer Tent Stage. This counts as a must-see act.

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Carsick 3 pm

MAIN STAGE
Hard rock from Sterling IL.

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Matt Hendricks & Cash Curtis 2 pm

BEER TENT STAGE
Matt keeps the blues alive with his blend of heartfelt singing, unique fingerstyle guitar playing, and genuine original songs.

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Jodee Lewis Trio 1 pm

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A native of the Missouri Ozarks, Jodee Lewis was raised on folk songs and honky-tonk, and her music reflects the best of both worlds. The Chicago Tribune says she is “a singer-songwriter whose outsized talent is as big as her voice,” and calls her first album,Whiskey Halo, an “impressive solo debut”.

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Bach & Beethoven Ensemble NOON

BEER TENT
BBE presents A Gaelic Summer - drinking songs and dance music from Ireland, Wales, England, and Scotland.

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Sunday

Tributosaurus
becomes The R.E.M. 6:30 pm

Crowd favorite, Tributosaurus, returns to the Backlot Bash stage to recreate the sounds of R.E.M.

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Louis Zagoras & Rollover 5 pm

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Louis and his band play electric blues and rock in the classic style.

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Paul Kaye 4 pm

BEER TENT STAGE
Paul's been on stage most of his life playing the blues. He's played with Honeyboy Edwards, Buddy Guy, Harmonica Hines, Eric Noden, Brother Larry Cox, Orlando Wright from the Buddy Guy band,Sam Lay, and Devil in the Woodpile. Paul is a respected soloist and sideman in the professional Blues community.

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The Frantastic Sound System 3 pm

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The Frantastic Sound System brings the party to your party! It’s a sonic roux all its own, with a dash of zydeco, a pinch of roots rock, a smidge of cowboy blues, and energy to spare, the F.S.S. gets people on their feet and smiling from the git-go.

The Wandering Boys 2 pm

BEER TENT STAGE
Hard driving bluegrass band from Chicago, IL with rapid picking, clever arrangements and crisp four-part harmony

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Luciano Antonio Trio 1 pm

MAIN STAGE
Brazilian Folk, Bossa Nova and Jazz.

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Dueling Teles NOON

BEER TENT STAGE
Pop and rock standards reverently re-imagined as jazz instrumentals with the unmistakable tone of the Fender Telecaster.

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