» Ribfest 2011 Bands

Bailiff – A more indie rock version of Rocco de Luca and the Burden, Bailiff is a Chicago-based band that’s got a great sound. Although just starting out all signs point to this band sticking around for a while. Evan Sult, drummer for the bands Bound Stems and Harvey Danger described meeting Bailiff as “kind of like finding that one perfect t-shirt at the Village Discount – you see it on the hanger, on the rack, among a thousand other stained and pointless shirts, and you just know you’ll be wearing that shirt a decade from now.” Sunday, 2:45 p.m., South Stage
Colin GilmoreColin Gilmore is going to be fresh breath of air for you if you’re starting to have your fill of indie rock bands. Steel guitars and acoustic guitars, grass roots Americana music and a soothing voice really help set Colin Gilmore’s sound apart from so many of the other acts you’re likely to hear at a music festival. Originally from Lubbock, Texas you can definitely hear and you will enjoy Gilmore’s southern influences. Saturday, 4:00 p.m., North Stage
Common ShinerAlthough only starting out a few years ago, Common Shiner has already escaped Grand Rapids, Michigan and made it to mainstream radio rotation reaching 142 on the national Adult Contemporary Charts. They describe their sound as indie folk rock/acoustic pop, but they like to break away from any genres. “Music is music,” the band’s Facebook page says. Sunday, 2:45 p.m, North Stage
Dirty PigeonsIt’s hard to believe after listening to the Dirty Pigeons, but singer Brian Morrissey got to a point in this life where he debated hanging up his rock n roll boots and sticking to the 9 to 5. Instead he decided to put his frustration into music form and the Dirty Pigeons emerged. Folk ballads, rock songs, sometimes mellow, sometimes not, Dirty Pigeons has that sound missing from so much rock music today. Saturday, 1:30 p.m., North Stage
The Ettes – How can anyone not love female vocalists, heavily distorted guitars and good beats? Forming in 2004, the band has really focused their sound on this specific style and does one Hell of a job. Head over to their website and listen to “Pendulum” to hear it for yourself. Sunday, 5:15 p.m., South Stage
Ezra Furman & the Harpoons – Are Ezra Furman & the Harpoons rock ‘n’ rollers disguised as singer/song writers or singer/song writers disguised as rock n rollers? You can be the judge, but they definitely do their music justice by leaving it free of genre and focusing instead on creating good tunes and giving their audience a unique experience for each show. Formed in Boston, the band is now Chicago-based and about to release their next album “Mysterious Power” on Red Parlor Records. Saturday, 7:45 p.m., South Stage
Fort FrancesThis Chicago trio initially began as a solo project for singer/songwriter David McMillin but eventually tripled. Fort Frances’ very experimental sound heavily influenced by the Beatles will have you rapt into their music and wondering which direction it might take next. Saturday, 6:30 p.m., North Stage
Four Star Brass Band – It’s not just a clever name with Four Star Brass Band because that’s exactly what they are although four stars seems a little underrated for this six-piece band. Comprised of a sousaphone, sax/vox, trombone/box, trumpet and two drummers, Four Star Brass Band will take you back in time to the 1920s. Saturday, 2:45 p.m. South Stage
The Future Laureates – Self-managed, self-booked, self-promoted, and they aren’t afraid of adding a little ukulele to their music. The Future Laureates are a Chicago band heavily influenced by bands artists such as Simon and Garkunkel, the Avett Brothers and Guster. This band is very familiar to the Chicago music scene and won’t be a band you’ll want to miss this year. Saturday, Noon, South Stage
Geoff Dolce – A solid power trio from the Chicago area with the uncanny ability to help you forget all the garbage that came out in the 90s and remember its more classic alternative sound. Reverbnation.com describes Dolce’s guitar solos to be “like the forgotten love child of Slash and J. Mascis.” Their heavy distortion and mellow sound take you back to a time pre-Cobain, but still keep it modern by adding their own touch on songs like “It’s Hard to Lie Inside.” Friday, 5:00 p.m., South Stage
Hayes CarllHayes Carll will make you want to start clapping along. I know it sounds silly, but that’s just the vibe the band gives off. There’s no debating their country sound and influence. Hayes Carll will make you want to grab a drink and sing along even if you don’t know the words. Sunday, 7:45 p.m., North Stage
Jukebox the Ghost – If you’re on the fence about whether you’d like Jukebox the Ghost or not you can take Peter Katis’ (Interpol, The National) word for it. Katis produced the Philly trio’s new album set for release this fall on Yep Roc. Not to be confused with the National or Interpol, Jukebox the Ghost is much more upbeat and, quite simply, catchy. I challenge you to listen to this band and not feel good. Go! Do it now! Friday, 9:00 p.m., South Stage
The Legendary Shack ShakersDo you like gritty rockabilly with deep Blues influences? The Legendary Shack Shakers do. The band’s website lists their sound is somewhere in the midst of punk, blues, rock and country, but I think it’s safe to safe there are plenty more influences creeping their way as well. The band’s leader and blues-harpist J.D. Wilkes has been described by Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) as “the last great Rock and Roll frontman.” The Legendary Shack Shakers live show will be a one-of-a-kind experience. Friday, 7:45 p.m., North Stage
Like Pioneers – Like Pioneers sound can best be described by a statement they have posted on their website: “Let’s call it friends re-introducing themselves to the idea of making music together.” It’s the exact vibe you get listening. That this is just a bunch of friends, chilling out and making music together. You’ll enjoy the hints of The National and Broken Social Science you hear in Like Pioneers, but mostly you’ll just enjoy. Saturday, 5:15 p.m., South Stage
My Gold Mask – My Gold Mask’s sound is like all the good things about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs – just a little more mellowed out. The self-described “Extrinsic Pop” band is compromised of Gretta on drums with Jack strumming on a nylon stringer guitar. Both members provide vocals and multiple other instruments on each of their three albums. The one thought that just keeps passing through my head as I listen to My Gold Mask is that Debbie Harry must be so proud Blondie can still impact music so much over 30 years later. Friday, 7:00 p.m., South Stage
Pinto and the Bean – Pinto and the Bean isn’t the first time Paul Teneja and Ivan Sosa have worked together. They have worked together since 2008 in the Chicago band Incredible Shrinking Boy, but with Pinto and the Bean the group decided to change direction. Reverbnation.com describes them as “spicy voices wrapped in a lo-fi sound.” Calling this band just another indie rock group is an understatement. With two voices, an acoustic guitar and heavy drums, Pinto and the Bean is pretty rockin’. Sunday, 1:30 p.m., South Stage
TanglewoodGet ready to dance! This rock group has a bluesy vibe that will keep you on your toes. This five-man band started in Chicago in 2008, harnessing old sounds – including a saxophone – into a whole new music. Sunday, Noon, North Stage
Tapes ‘n Tapes – Tapes ‘n Tapes, a four-piece from Minneapolis, calls upon the sound of bands like the Pixies and Pavement to craft their own version of Indie rock. The band first formed in 2003, recorded their first EP in a Wisconsin cabin and went on tour with bands such as I Am the World Trade Center, the Futureheads and Metric. If you think you’ve heard Tapes ‘n Tapes before, you probably have. The band’s been on the Late Show with Dave Letterman, featured on the MTV show Human Giant and has a song in the movie “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.” Sunday, 7:45 p.m., South Stage
The Waco BrothersThe Waco Brothers are about as close to country as rock can go. Somehow this is a surprisingly good thing. They are probably one of the few (it not the only) bands this year who have played at both SXSW and CMJ. With three lead singers and a three-guitar player line up it’s no wonder this band is known for their live shows. Saturday, 9:00 p.m., North Stage
Nathan Xander & WitchouseOn most songs, Nathan Xander’s country-tinged vocals float over the easy melodies of Witchouse. But sometimes the sound gets a little deeper and swerves in the direction of Tom Waits, with lyrics just as thought-provoking. Sunday, 5:15 p.m., North Stage

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Ribfest Chicago Schedule

    South Stage (4000 N. Lincoln Ave.)
  • 5:00 p.m. Sissy Mena
  • 7:00 p.m. The Wanton Looks
  • 9:00 p.m. J. Roddy Walston and The Business
  • North Stage (4165 N. Lincoln Ave.)
  • 6:00 p.m.Rib Eating Contest
  • 7:45 p.m. The Spinto Band
    South Stage (4000 N. Lincoln Ave.)
  • Noon Kerosene Stars
  • 2:45 p.m. The Van Goghs
  • 5:15 p.m. Pet Lions
  • 7:45 p.m. The Features
  • North Stage (4165 N. Lincoln Ave.)
  • 1:30 p.m. Old Shoe
  • 4:00 p.m. The Lawrence Peters Outfit
  • 6:30 p.m. Common Loon
  • 9:00 p.m. Megafaun
    South Stage (4000 N. Lincoln Ave.)
  • 1:30 Village
  • 4:00 p.m. Stolen Silver
  • 6:30 p.m. Gold Motel
  • 9:00 p.m. Heartless Bastards
  • North Stage (4165 N. Lincoln Ave.)
  • Noon Band Called Catch
  • 2:45 p.m. Sarah & The Tall Boys
  • 5:15 p.m. Precious Blood
  • 7:45 p.m. Miles Nielson and the Rusted Hearts