ROGERS PARK — Pop and rock artists from around the country will converge on the Red Line Tap over the next 10 days for the 13th annual International Pop Overthrow festival.
"Chicago has long been a hotbed of power pop," said the festival's Los Angeles-based founder and organizer, David Bash. "There’s a bigger percentage of bands that do that type of music than maybe anywhere else."
Bash works full time booking bands for the music festival, which has a presence in 16 other cities throughout the year, including Liverpool, England.
Bash said at the Red Line Tap, 7006 N. Glenwood Ave., 70 bands — 55 from Chicago — would perform in a total of 13 afternoon and evening shows between Thursday and April 19.
Tickets for each show, featuring five or six acts, are sold separately for $10.
Next Thursday, artist Lannie Flowers and his band plan to travel from Texas to perform.
Flowers said he plays "straight-ahead power pop" with "a little Texas twang thrown in."
"You kinda can’t help it; it sort of soaks in," the Dallas-area native said with an unmistakable Texas drawl.
Bash, 55, said artists like Flowers represent the wide range of acts scheduled to play covering genres such as indie rock, punk pop, psych pop and folk pop.
"If they like melodic pop music, they’re really gonna like these shows, and they’re really going to come away liking a lot of new music," he said.
The full line up of artists can be found on the International Pop Overthrow website.