As the summer fully winds down and fall gets into full effect, weekends spent outdoors are becoming less and less possible. Keep in mind that only applies to places like Chicago, where it gets extremely cold in the winter. The point is, make the most of your time outside these days, because they won’t last too long. Marking the tail end of the outdoor weekend festivals is the first ever Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements, debuting in Chicago’s Eckhart Park this Friday-Sunday. The goal of the festival is to try and reinvent the traditions of Vaudeville in a modern day setting. In other words, we’re talking about a trip to an old style carnival complete with food and game booths and performers like acrobats and magicians. In updating such an event for the 21st century, they’ll also be incorporating comedians, short films and bands. Attending the carnival and craft fair portion of the festival is free for all, but you can also catch a number of great bands each night for a relatively small ticket price. Friday boasts the lineup of CAVE, Bomba Estereo, Sidi Toure and Bill Callahan. Saturday has Dark Dark Dark, Charles Bradley, A Hawk and A Hacksaw, and School of Seven Bells. Sunday features Fool’s Gold, Dan Deacon, A Lull and Shellac. Tickets for the music portion of each night are $20 and will be available in limited quantities on-site at Eckhart Park. For more information, go to the official festival website.
Now onto today’s Pick Your Poison. I can give the hearty thumbs up to tracks from Daddy Lion, David Myles, Julian Lynch, Mekons, The Strange Boys, Tennis System and Toy Camera.