The opportunity to play outside with large groups of strangers usually ends after fifth-grade graduation. Take advantage of a rare, regressive opportunity with todays Groupon: for $15, you get a weekend pass to Wicker Park Fest on July 23 and 24, plus an exclusive Wicker Park Fest 2011 graphic T-shirt from Transit Tees (a $24 value). While no passes are required for fest events, a suggested donation of $5 is recommended for admission each day, making the total value of this deal up to $34.
Spanning two days and four blocks of Milwaukee Avenue, the Wicker Park Fest brings together dozens of bands to create a genre-blending soundscape that draws audiences to the northwest neighborhood known for its diversity and large population of basket weavers. Saturdays stages boast a beat-packed lineup of headliners, including the sleek trip-hop tracks of MiM0SA, the punk spunk of Riverboat Gamblers and Off With Their Heads, and the bouncy dance tracks of Flosstradamus. Sundays North Stage sees amenably fuzzy Wavves piping out lo-fi pop tunes and cello-laced Murder By Death crafting their Western-styled lyrical rock ballads. Meanwhile, Digital Tape Machine pumps catchy electronic rhythm from Center Stage. Young fest-goers can sample activities for their budding musical souls at Wicker Park Fest Kids on Evergreenjust off Milwaukeecomplete with a petting zoo, face painting, and two days chock-full of kid-friendly artists.
Declare your allegiance to the forward-thinking street fest during and after the fact by adorning the splashy official fest tee from Transit Tees, providing undeniable proof of your attendance and support for a sleeveless America. Culled from a hand-drawn design, the silk-screened torso-wrapper boasts a tricolored depiction of the Coyote Building waving a Wicker Park Fest flag, overlaid with a frieze of rotated guitar picks.
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