It was touch and go there for a while, but Riot Fest did return this year, and it was another great one.
The daily schedules were not announced until about a week before the fest was to start due to a number of factors, including Blink 182’s late cancellation.
About a year ago, I posted here that Riot Fest is Chicago’s best music festival, and it remains so.
My reasons for asserting that is basically the music is just better. Riot Fest highlights actual musicians playing and singing music that they have written, unlike some of the other fests in town.
This year was no different, with great sets from Elvis Costello, Blondie, and Johnny Marr, and a bucket list appearance (at least for me) by Mr. Jerry Lee Lewis, still tickling the ivories with the best of them.
The location at Douglas Park is a perfect setting. Plus, Riot Fest is a bargain. You could buy a three-day ticket this year for less than $100. I am already looking forward to next year.