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Chicago: RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL 2015 First Wave Lineup: FAITH NO MORE, NO DOUBT, THE ROCK-AFIRE EXPLOSION, and more!

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After finally settling in on a new location, Chicago's RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL will take place in Douglas Park, September 11-13, 2015. Tonight comes the much-anticipated First Wave Lineup Announcement for this year's fest, which boasts some big surprises, and like year's past, features some bands performing seminal albums in their entirety. RIOT FEST might be Chicago's "second biggest music festival," but it's the only one that I care about - and FAITH NO MORE (who revealed their appearance during their recent Chicago stop) would be all that I needed to be on-board, but look at this lineup! THE ROCK-AFIRE EXPLOSION is gonna be there - the house band of ShowBiz Pizza, who I've written about multiple times! And the first wave of bands for 2015 are...

Artists in BOLD = Rock Father Picks!

No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Motörhead, Rancid, Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube and guests, Alkaline Trio, Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Flogging Molly, L7, Slightly Stoopid, Alexisonfire, Thrice, Dirty Heads, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, the Academy Is…, the Lawrence Arms, Kongos, Cypress Hill.

Echo & the Bunnymen, Bootsy Collins’ Rubber Band, Devil Wears Prada, Yelawolf, Pennywise, Airborne Toxic Event, Manchester Orchestra, AnthraxEagles of Death Metal, De La Soul, the Damned, Andrew McMahon, In the Wilderness, New Politics, Mayday Parade, Jimmy Cliff, Against Me!, Babes in Toyland, OK Go, Bayside, Mest, Andrew W.K., Desaparecidos, the Joy Formidable, Dead Milkmen, FIDLAR, Atreyu, Millencolin, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Lee Scratch Perry, GWAR, Less Than Jake, Expendables.

Living Colour, Thurston Moore Band, Morgan Heritrage, Lifetime, Benjamin Booker, Fishbone, Death, Doomtree, Hum, Tarrus Riley, Mariachi El Bronx, Civ, Joyce Manor, Every Time I Die, the Movielife, Dwarves, Tommy Stinson, Steve Ignorant and Paranoid Visions, Real Friends, Dear Hunter, Kevin Devine, Mustard Plug, the Ataris, Jo Mersa, Into It. Over It., Alvvays, White Buffalo, BlackAmI, Skip Marley, Knuckle Puck, Post Malone with FKI, Jazz Cartier, Chef’Special, Marmozets.

Modern Life is War, Fit For Rivals, Barb Wire Dolls, Coathangers, Flatfoot 56, Teenage Bottlerocket, Prayers, Chon, Counterpunch, Have Mercy, Speedy Ortiz, Superheaven, White Mystery, Foxing, Direct Hit!, Main Attrakionz, Ground Up, Skinny Lister, Beach Slang, Cayetana, Alex Wiley, Heems, Dirty Fences, Blis, Sleep On It, Brokedowns, Meat Wave, Psalm One, Northern Faces, Dreamers, Souvenirs, Elway, Indian Handcrafts, Skating Polly, Signals Midwest, Modern Chemistry, Faulkner, Pears, Gateway Drugs, Tasha the Amazon, Foxtrott, Twin River, Clowns, Indian School, Die Selloutz, Municipal Drainage Project.

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The following artists will perform classic albums in their entirety: Snoop Dogg (Doggystyle), Ice Cube & Guests (Straight Outta Compton Remix), Rancid (… And Out Come The Wolves), The Academy Is… (Almost Here), The Dwarves (Blood Guts and P*ssy)

Stay tuned for further details...

Tickets on-sale at RiotFest.org

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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