As our own Dude Fest comes to an end, the line-up for Riot Fest in Chicago has been announced. Chicago is kind of like a big brother city to Indianapolis, so we've always been envious of the concerts that roll through the Windy City. This year's Riot Fest line up is no exception. The fest's organizers have pulled out all the stops for this years installment of the five day punk festival.
The five day festival (October 6-10) is spread out over seven venues in the city. The bands range from tiny to huge, but all have a following. Hardcore 'legends' The Zero Boys and groovy ska act Green Room Rockers will represent the Hoosier State this year, but it's the big guns that really matter.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones: The Bosstones were the flagship of the mid-90’s ska-revival. Their mix of hardcore, reggae, punk and pop with ska helped put them above the rest of the ska crowd. After going on hiatus in 2002, the prolific ensemble reunited two years ago to great fanfare. Definitely worth a drive to Chicago because you might not get another chance to see them again.
The Lawrence Arms: These Chicago boys are the clown princes of modern punk. TLA mix low-brow pop-culture references with social commentary and literary allusions to make perfect punk songs. Their gritty pop-punk has earned them a rabid following across the world, but their hometown fans are the rowdiest. Lead singer Brendan Kelly will also be playing solo at Riot Fest. Considering that TLA haven’t played in Indianapolis since 2003, it is definitely worth making the journey to see them.
Snapcase: This legendary Buffalo band put a progressive spin on the tired hardcore sound. All through the 90s, Snapcase was an anchor for the burgeoning national scene. They managed to disband in 2005, shortly before the popular hardcore boom, but their influence long outlasted them. So if you’re a fan of Snapcase, seeing them at Riot Fest might be your only chance.
- Snapcase: Before Victory Records became the worst record label on Earth.