Winnetka Music Festival is pleased to welcome indie/alternative rock band GUSTER to the BMO Harris Stage on @Properties Field as the headliners of 2022. This Boston-based band, born in the mid-90s with eight outstanding studio albums under his belt, will deliver his unique sound – a mix of roots rock, folk and experimental pop – to fans – many of whom grew up with their music. A band that “refuses to conform to industry classification”, GUSTER’s sound is known for its vocal harmonies, unique percussion and engaging live performances.
The opening act for GUSTER is Grammy-nominated by American blues-influenced rock band THE RECORD COMPANY. A favorite at the Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, Rolling Stone Country were prompted to name the trio’s set among the event’s “Top 5 Country & Americana Moments” while declaring it “a hugely energetic show and one of the the most common of the festival”.
With the full support of the Village of Winnetka and the Winnetka Park District, the festival kicks off Saturday, June 18 at noon with music and interactive experiences for kids of all ages on the Family Stage (hosted by @Properties). At 3pm, downtown comes alive with a wide range of food trucks, local restaurants and drinks, entertainment in the game zone (organized by Pinstripes) as well as great music. In addition to the main stage (hosted by BMO Harris) located on @Properties Field, the festival hosts an intimate indoor stage at the Winnetka Chapel for seated listening (the chapel stage is hosted by Fields Auto Group). Chapel proceedings will be presented by the iconic Evanston SPACE. Also new this year is our Local Stage (curated by @Properties) featuring local North Shore talent.
The festival lineup is curated each year by Winnetka resident and Valslist Music founder Val Haller, a former New York Times music columnist known in the industry for identifying top emerging talent. Haller said, “The Winnetka Music Festival has become one of the most unique and respected music festivals in the Midwest. New artists are eager to perform here because of the quality of the festival and the friendly, intimate environment. This year, we really wanted to enhance the festival-goer experience by adding nationally-known bands. Festival fans can say “I saw them when” as our up-and-coming bands get critical acclaim, and this year might say, “I can’t believe I saw Guster and The Record Company in Winnetka ! »
The festival setting on the pristine streets of Winnetka is idyllic and conveniently located next to the Winnetka stop on the Metra line. It is also a short walk to Lake Michigan and local businesses. Winnetka is no stranger to music, having spawned blues great Mike Bloomfield and band members Fall Out Boy, Louis the Child, MUNA, K. Flay, Liz Phair and others. And long before there was a music festival, the streets of Winnetka had become famous as the backdrop for many John Hughes films, including Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club, Home Alone and the Inspiration by Caddy Shack. In honor of Winnetka’s great film and musical tradition, the 2022 festival will feature a special, limited-capacity screening of “Born in Chicago,” the recently released and acclaimed documentary about Chicago’s place as the home of the Blues, told by Dan Aykroyd; Executive producers Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, along with consulting producer and New Trier graduate Marshall Chess of famed Chess Records.
The 2022 festival requires an admission ticket. GA (general admission) and VIP tickets are available now.
Tickets for the festival will be offered on pre-sale to past ticket holders and those on the festival mailing list beginning March 2 at 10 a.m. The presale ends and GA and VIP tickets will go on sale to the public starting March 4 at 10 a.m. To receive a presale code, those interested should sign up for Winnetka Music Festival emails through the festival website at www.winnetkamusicfestival.com.
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