April 29, 2014

Taste of Chicago’s Bud Light Stage Line-Up Announced

Free showcase offers a variety of local rising stars and established musicians in Grant Park, July 9-13

Mary May    mmay@cityofchicago.org 312.744.0576

The popular Bud Light Stage at the 34th Annual Taste of Chicago will offer five days of top local talent from up-and-coming as well as established Chicago artists, July 9-13 in Grant Park. The FREE admission stage will be located at the south end of Taste of Chicago at Columbus and Balbo, with live music from noon to 7:45pm during the five-day festival.

“Bud Light is proud to present the Bud Light Stage at Taste of Chicago highlighting top talent from the Chicago area,” said Kane Kaltenbronn, Geographic Marketing Manager, Anheuser-Busch.

The 2014 Bud Light Stage kicks off on Wednesday, July 9 with “Musical Variety Day,” a special tribute to celebrated genres of music. Highlights include singer and songwriter Sara Masterson taking the stage at 1:30pm performing compositions from her recently released album, Always the Beautiful. Performing a cross between folk and pop music, Masterson is climbing the ladder as a one of the nation’s top emerging artists. The ballots will soon be collected for the winner of the RedEye Rock ‘n’ Vote contest, and at 4:45pm, Taste goers will enjoy a performance from the winning band to be determined following a concert on May 22 at Lincoln Hall. At 6:30pm, the stage will close with local rock band, The Autumn Defense, debuting music from their recently released LP album titled, Fifth.

The music continues rockin’ Thursday, July 10 with a day full of “Rock & Pop.” At 1:30pm, Chicago indie-rock band The Locals will perform. With their most recent single release, Stereostatic Funicular, the band garnered attention from fans of popular bands The Pixies and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Locals are heading straight to the top. At 3pm, indie pop band Pet Lions will woo the crowd with their infectious track list, including their new release, Popular Nature. On the road to stardom is newly formed band Marrow featuring former members of indie band Kids These Days at 4:45pm. Marrow’s “newness” on the music scene is not a challenge as they have played countless sold-out shows throughout the Chicagoland area.

Start the weekend off right on Friday, July 11 with “Blues & Soul.” At noon, blues and soul fans will be treated to a stirring performance by soul singer Marvin Smith. In his 30+ years in music, Smith has played countless gigs throughout the country with reputable performance history wooing the crowds with his natural singing voice. At 3pm, Toronzo Cannon will bring his own brand of Chicago blues to the stage. Performing at 6:30pm is soul veteran Stan Mosley. With a track record consisting of over 35 years of experience and great music, Mosley has surely marked his place as a blues and soul icon in Chicago.

“Dance” with us on Saturday, July 12. The all-day dance party/concert will feature music from some of the finest DJs, Electronic/Pop and Latin musicians. At 3pm, Chicago’s own DJ Andre Hatchett will take the stage sending audience members into a dancing frenzy. As part of the Chosen Few DJs along with older brother Tony Hatchett, Andre has established himself as a premier Chicago DJ. Following Hatchett is the dynamic duo of Pyro Fighter at 4:45pm. Best known for their song LMFAO which debuted on MTV’s Jersey Shore and the movie Worst.Prom.Ever, the duo has since expanded their track record and currently they hold the record for the longest dance party playlist in the Guinness Book of Records. The party continues with electronic band Gemini Club at 6:30pm. The popular band is notable for their unconventional, yet exciting performance styles by remixing music from their previous concerts to ensure that not one concert is the same.

Country fans won’t want to miss “Country/Americana” on Sunday, July 13. At 3pm, The Blind Staggers will deliver a rattling performance. With a perfect blend between classic Americana and punk rock, the Blind Staggers has impressed live audiences since their formation in 2009. The Bud Light Stage closes for the 2014 with the new voice of country music, Logan Mize at 6:30pm. In addition to his recent Workin’ and Drinkin’ Tour, the Kansas native has been in the limelight guest starring in two-nationally watched television appearances which has introduced him as the new face of country.

Taste of Chicago is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and sponsored in part by Aquafina, Blue Bunny Ice Cream, Bud Light, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Transit Authority, Communications Direct, CLTV-Chicagoland’s Television, Eli’s Cheesecake Company, Gallo Family Vineyards, Humana, Hyundai, Illinois Lottery, LaGrou Distribution System, Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Pepsi, Pure Leaf, Radio Disney AM 1300, Shoreline Sightseeing, Southwest Airlines, WGN-Television, WTTW 11’s Check, Please and 93XRT.

The 34th Annual Taste of Chicago is July 9-13 in Grant Park with hours 11am–9pm, Wednesday – Friday and 10am–9pm, Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the FREE admission festival, call 312.744.3316 or visit tasteofchicago.us. To plan your trip to Chicago, visit choosechicago.com. Join the conversation on Facebook at Taste of Chicago and follow us on Twitter, @TasteofChi2014 (#TasteofChi).


View the complete Bud Light Stage schedule.

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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

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