It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the last installment of Chicago’s finest multi-venue music festival, Dunn Dunn Fest. The yearly smorgasbord of great music is provided by Harmonica Dunn founder Donnie Biggins. Every year he finds amazing known talent and acts flying under the radar and puts them all together for a crazy three days of discovery and enjoyment.
Last year I spent my three days Of Dunn Dunn Fest at three different venues, listening to very different styles of music. Thursday I was at Beat Kitchen for Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes (with opening sets from Jared Rabin and Kansas Bible Company), Friday I got funky with Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Nasty Snacks, and Alanna Royale at Lincoln Hall, and on Saturday I caught Frontier Ruckus along with the great Chicago bands Mooner and Martin Van Ruin at Schubas. This year’s lineup provides opportunities just as entertaining.
Below is what I would choose to see if I were going. Sadly, I’ll be out of town for the duration of the festival. Please take some videos and post them on the internet. For a full list of artists playing, check out the Harmonica Dunn website.
Thursday: The Kickback at Beat Kitchen
The band just added some more dates opening for Bush, but here you get to see their craziness headlining a small venue instead of opening in a 2,000 seat theater.
Friday: Low Cut Connie at Lincoln Hall
Three great bands, including Biggins’ own The Shams Band and St Louis glam-pop act Sleepy Kitty!
Saturday: Mike Doughty at Lincoln Hall
Dunn Dunn Fest and WXRT join forces to bring former Soul Coighing frontman/currently successful solo artist Mike Doughty to Lincoln Hall! Opening act is Wheatus.