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Square Roots Headliners Include Cracker, Lydia Loveless And Dessa

 Alt-rock band Cracker is among the headlines at the annual Square Roots fest in Lincoln Square.
Alt-rock band Cracker is among the headlines at the annual Square Roots fest in Lincoln Square.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — With Old Town School of Folk Music programming the acts, Square Roots boasts one of the most eclectic music lineups of any Chicago neighborhood fest.

Dozens of bands and solo artists will perform over the course of the three-day fest, set for July 8-10 along Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson.

Headliners include rapper/singer Dessa from Minneapolis, the "hillybilly punk" of Lydia Loveless, and alt-rockers Cracker.

Additional highlights: Dolly Varden, My Brightest Diamond, Debo Band, Taj Weekes and the Villalobos Brothers. 

The annual Midwest fiddle/banjo championship and a family barn dance are scheduled for July 9 and six up-and-coming bands will perform as part of an "emergent series" on July 10.

Acts are spread across five stages and will also feature dancing, sing-alongs and a number of Old Town ensembles.

The complete music lineup can be viewed online (click here).

More than a dozen local craft breweries will be serving beer, including Half Acre, Empirical, Begyle, Ten Ninety, Metropolitan, Lagunitas and Revolution. The Northman will be on hand pouring ciders and Groundswell Coffee will be delivering caffeine hits.

Neighborhood restaurants dominate the list of food vendors, with Bistro Campagne, Gather, Taco In A Bag, Miku Sushi, Luella's, Mash Kitchen, LC Pho and the Budlong taking part in the fest.

Square Roots' hours are 5-10 p.m., July 8; noon to 11 p.m., July 9; and noon to 10:30 p.m., July 10. Food and beer sales end at 9 p.m. on July 9 and 10.

The suggested donation is $10 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors, or $20 for families. Proceeds benefit Old Town School's scholarship fund and programs and events sponsored by the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, including the summer concert series, Apple Fest and the Thursday night farmers market.

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