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West Fest Lineup Finalized: Tortoise, The Oblivians Headline 2013 Fest

By Alisa Hauser | June 10, 2013 10:18am | Updated on June 26, 2013 6:05pm
 Chicago-bred 1990s Post-rock band Tortoise is scheduled to headline West Fest at 8 p.m. July 13.  The 9th annual edition of the festival on Chicago Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street is scheduled to take place July 13-14.
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WEST TOWN —  Organizers of West Fest released the full music, kids and canine activities lineup for the summer festival, which drew crowds of more than 60,000 last summer and is scheduled to take place July 13-14.

The 9th annual festival on Chicago Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street has grown from "a quaint street party into one of the most epic festivals of the year," according to organizers.

On tap for 2013 are two music stages offering live music programmed by Empty Bottle and a DJ House music stage, dozens of local independent vendors and activities for canines and kids.

(Scroll down for full lineup)

A $5 suggested donation to offset the costs of the event and benefit the West Town Chicago Chamber of Commerce, Suzuki Orff School of Music and Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy is requested for admittance to the fest.

Hours of operation are noon to 10 p.m. July 13-14. The Kids and Pup Fests are open from noon to 6 p.m.

The Music: 

Empty Bottle Presents Main Stage (at Damen):
Saturday, July 13
Tortoise at 8:30 p.m.
Javelin at 7 p.m.
Those Darlins at 5:30 p.m.
Heavy Times at 4 p.m.
Girl Group Chicago at 2:30 p.m.
Thin Hymns at 1 p.m.
Sunday, July 14
The Oblivians at 8:30 p.m.
Born Ruffians at 7 p.m.
BAATHHAUS at 5:30 p.m.
Tight Phantomz at 4 p.m.
Forgotten Species at 2:30 p.m.
Redgrave at 1 p.m.
DJ Stage (at Wood)

Featuring a "Chicago House" theme with the VOID sound system
Saturday, July 13

SuperJane Sweet 16  (DJs Heather, Colette, Lady D and Dayhota) at 7 p.m.
Jesse de la Pena  at 6 p.m.
Brad Owen at 5 p.m.
David Sabat  at 4 p.m.
Mörk  at 3 p.m.

DJ Black Madonna 2 p.m.

Sunday, July 14

Derrick Carter at 8:30 p.m.
Diz at 7:30 p.m.
Jevon Jackson at 6:30 p.m.
John Simmons at 5:30 p.m.
Karl Almaria at 4:30 p.m.
Heaven Malone at 3:30 p.m.
Striz at 2:30 p.m.
Steve Melvage and Brian Heath at 1:30 p.m.

The Kids Fest

Billed as a "fest within a fest," the Kid Fest is organized by local school benefactors Suzuki Orff School of Music and Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy.  

Suzuki Orff School of Music will be programming a family stage with kid-friendly acts and activities such as instrument-making workshops, along with live music from their students and teachers. Talcott Elementary School will offer carnival-style games for kids, including "favorites like Rubber Duckies, Angry Birds Throw, Face Painting, Bean Bag Toss, obstacle courses" and more.

Kid Fest will also feature performances from Mr. Singer, Mary Macaroni, the Environmental Encroachment Marching Band, as well as a demonstration from Chang's Martial Arts, Soham Dance, and a sing-a-long with Miss Kristen, a drum jam with Mr. Phil, and student performances.

Break Dancing for Older Kids

The Opus Institute / Elder Tree Project is planning a "break dance B Boy battle area" at the intersection of Wolcott and Chicago, which will also feature live art making, electric drum circles, art and music workshops.
The Pup Fest (near Wolcott and Chicago)

Well-behaved, leashed dogs are invited to enjoy bathing pools, an agility course and more activities offered by West Town pet businesses such as Green Dog Inc., Doggy Style and Canine Crews.

The beneficiary dog rescues include Alive Rescue, American Animal Rescue Society, Be Fido's Friend, One Tail at a Time and Tree House.         
For more information, call (312) 850-9390 or visit www.westfestchicago.com. For the latest band and DJ announcements, 'like' West Fest on Facebook at facebook.com/westfestchicago.