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This Weekend: Summer on Southport

By Mike Fourcher | Thursday, July 28, 2011

This Saturday and Sunday, Summer on Southport takes over the street from Waveland Ave. north. With a heavy mix of cover bands and kids activities, the festival runs from 11:00 a.m. to  10:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. The festival, managed by Star Events, benefits the Southport Neighbors Association.

[See our story on neighborhood groups' risks and rewards of sponsoring street festivals.]

Like many summer street fests, the main reason to attend Summer on Southport is to get outside, hang out with friends, let your kids jump on the bouncy castle and get their faces painted. The festival’s music offerings seem to be carefully selected to be unoffensive to everyone and just right for providing background noise to your summer beer buzz.

This weekend’s weather is forecast for sunny and in the upper 80′s, so Summer on Southport is most likely the best meet up place to hang out and wonder why Chicago can’t be like this all year ’round.

The music schedule for the festival:

Saturday

North Stage

11:00 a.m. – Radio Disney – show from the kids’ radio station

Noon – SPACE Southport Training Academy - Southport Performing Arts Conservatory students performances

1:00 p.m. – Second City Training Center – best sketches of Second City’s past

2:00 p.m. – Ralph’s World – kids pop

5:00 p.m. – Jealous P – 80′s cover band

8:00 p.m. – Hairbanger’s Ball – hair metal cover band

South Stage

Noon – Baby Takes A Bow

1:00 p.m. – Band On The Run – Paul McCartney and Wings tribute band

3:00 p.m. – Libido Funk Circus – 70′s disco and funk covers

5:00 p.m. – South of 80 – Alt Rock covers

8:00 p.m. – Wedding Banned – 80′s and 90′s cover band

Sunday

North Stage

1:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Second City Training Center – best sketches of Second City’s past

2:00 pm. – Radio Rock – Radio Disney inspired set list.

4:00 p.m. – Spazmatics - ”80’s new wave pop synth” covers

7:00 p.m. – Mike & Joe - ”Mostly Modern Rock/Alternative” covers

South Stage

11:00 a.m. – Gospel Brunch with The Deliverance Singers – Gospel music and cinnamon rolls from Ann Sather’s

2:00 p.m. – Spirit of the USO Band – “an engaging mix of classic rock, pop, country, blues, and jazz”

4:00 p.m. – Underwater People – “classic rock and country to modern pop and beyond”

7:00 p.m. – Maggie Speaks – “changing what people think of cover bands since 1997.”

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