LINCOLN SQUARE — Old Town School of Folk Music didn't have to look far to find its headliners for this year's Square Roots Festival, July 10-12.
Closing acts the Mekons, Urge Overkill and Robbie Fulks all boast strong ties to Chicago, Old Town School or both.
The Mekons are up first, taking the stage at 8:45 p.m. Friday. This artist collective, currently receiving star treatment in the documentary "Revenge of the Mekons," was founded in England but members Jon Langford and Sally Timms have long called Chicago home. Originally a punk band, the Mekons are now often described as a post-punk, cowpunk and/or alt country.
Urge Overkill hits the stage at 9 p.m. Saturday. Founders Nash Kato and Eddie Roeser met at Northwestern and have been playing together off and on since 1985.
Robbie Fulks shuts down the fest, performing at 7:45 p.m. Sunday. Singer/songwriter Fulks has been dubbed the "Elvis Costello of country music" by Entertainment Weekly. A bunch of Old Town School alums can also say he taught them guitar.
The headliners are just three of the more than 50 musical acts that will perform during Square Roots, located on Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson.
Outdoor stages will be set up at the fest's north and south ends. In addition, acts will perform indoors at Old Town School's east and west buildings, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. and 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
The complete music schedule for the three-day fest is available online.
Admission is a suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and children, and $20 for families.
Hours are 5-10 p.m. July 10, noon to 11 p.m. July 11 and noon to 9 p.m. July 12.
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