Andersonville City Made Fest 2014: Music Line Up

City Made Fest

The second annual Andersonville City Made Fest is Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21, 2014, and this year’s festival is offering a line up of musical talent that, like all of the beer we will be pouring, is truly Chicago made!  The bands offer a small sampling of many of the genres define the music scene in Chicago, from indie rock to world to folk to hip hop to blues and jazz, and of course the ways that those categories often overlap.  We invite you to join us that weekend for the best in local beer, local artisans, local food and great local music!  Be on the lookout for more information about our beer, food and vendors and this year’s festival, and without further ado, our stage line up for 2014:


12:00 pm Lightfoils

One of Chicago’s brightest new bands, Lightfoils pushes the shoegaze genre into new territory with Hazy soundscapes, ringing guitar, icy synth, feather-light vocals, and compelling tunes. Formed in 2010, the band is comprised of Neil Yodnane and Zeeshan Abbasi on guitars, Jane Zabeth on vocals, Cory Osborne on bass and John Rungger on drums.

1:30 pm Son Monarcas

Son Monarcas is a Chicago-based ensemble comprised of musicians who are well-versed in the Afro-Mestizo genres of Mexican folk music as well as other various music genres from the Americas. They blend the traditional with the contemporary by creating original arrangements of Son while retaining the foundation of the traditional style. Some of their original compositions also include influences of jazz and experimental music in English and Spanish. The instrumentation includes Mexican harp, accordion, zapateado (percussive foot tapping), cajon, requinto jarocho, jarana jarocha, violin, guitar and voice.

3:30 pm Sure Fire Groove

Sure Fire Groove is a Chicago-based four piece band, blending a wealth of Americana, rock, bluegrass, and roots influences with tested musicianship. They have been playing together for over 12 years and can often be found on the weekends playing shows at a bunch of Chicago’s great music venues like The Double Door, The Cubby Bear, The Abbey, The Elbo Room, and Reggie’s.

5:15 pm Jason Maek & Zaena

Zaena & Jason Maek Promo Pic 1
Jason Maek is an electro-hip hop artist who has been compared to Kid Cudi and Kanye West. He provides an exciting performance that combines DJing, socially conscious lyrics, and unquestionable energy. Singer- songwriter Zaena has a sound that can be best compared to Lana Del Rey and Lorde and has quickly become a sought-after artist in the Midwest and is planning to tour the college and music festival circuit. The two collaborated on the first visual album to be produced in Chicago, the upcoming Pandamonium, which will be released in the fall of 2014.

7:00 pm Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials

Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
Mixing smoking slide guitar boogies and raw-boned Chicago shuffles with the deepest slow-burners, Lil’ Ed and his blistering Blues Imperials – bassist James “Pookie” Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton – deliver the blues, from gloriously riotous and rollicking to intensely emotional and moving. Currently celebrating 24 rip-roaring years together, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials ply their musical talents with skills that have been honed to a razor’s edge


12:00 pm Deanna Devore

Toronto native Deanna Devore decided to make Chicago her musical home in 2006, recording and playing wherever she could find a stage and a PA system. Her voice, guitar playing and songwriting carry a lyrical sensitivity and sophistication that spans across electro-dance, alternative, Brazilian jazz and orchestral genres.

1:30 pm Congress of Starlings

Chicago-based Congress of Starlings’ progressive folk-rock fills the room with fun energy, magical lyrics, stellar harmonies, and challenging reflections on nature, gender, and humanity. Aerin Tedesco and Andrea Bunch have been entertaining Midwest and East Coast audiences for over a decade at folk, rock and college clubs. Fans will catch COS as an intimate duo or as a four-piece band with their stunning rhythm section; Greg Nergaard and Janet Cramer.

3:30 pm Stann Champion’s Roots Rock Society

Founded by Chicago native Stann Champion in 1986 to maintain his African-Caribbean-American Culture, the award-winning Roots Rock Society uses voice, music and dance in their energetic performances to blend reggae, calypso, soul, zouk and other rhythms of the African diaspora.

5:15 pm Antony & The Tramps

Formed in 2011 Antony & The Tramps call their music American Gypsy “because it wanders but isn’t lost. It’s a tramp, you can’t get lost when you’re in love with where you are.” Roaming freely through the American landscape, they collect music from the streets of Chicago to the mountains of Arkansas to the deserts of the Southwest. The scenery and storytelling in their music is vivid and standing still is virtually impossible.

7:00 pm Brent Kimbrough & Company Quintet

Brent Kimbrough & Company is a consortium of the finest musicians in Chicago that have built a faithful following. With over twelve years of professional experience, the group has a deep repertoire spanning all categories of jazz and utilizes a collective accumulation of backgrounds, disciplines, and educations. Our repertoire is a culmination of swing, Latin, be-bop and, R&B and blues, and has been celebrated at major music festivals on regional, national and international levels. K&Co is also mainstay at countless Chicago area jazz and blues clubs and has performed internationally in Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Shanghai and Beijing.

Andersonville City Made Fest takes place on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21 from 12 noon-9:00 pm both days on Clark Street between Argyle and Carmen Avenues (5000-5100N).  A suggested $5 benefits the Andersonville Development Corporation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports the long-term well-being of the Andersonville community by fostering sustainable community and economic development in the Andersonville commercial district.