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For those that missed it this year due to its "hiatus," Chicago Open Air will be back in 2019 presenting a new event called "A Day in the Park." The event will take place at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois during the weekend of May 17-19. Danny Wimmer Presents revealed the news in an announcement that I received this morning along with details on their spring 2019 music festivals - including the debut of the new Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival in Ohio and a new "destination" musc fest that will be coming to North Carolina. Stay tuned for more details as I have it...

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Thursday, March 23 2017 23:42

Watch - Driven: An Interview with Korn

Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP) is the outfit behind the biggest rock festivals in America. This spring and summer, you can see Korn performing at three of them -- May 6 at Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, May 20 at Rock On The Rangeand then on July 15 they'll play the summer's biggest rock festival, Chicago Open Air. As the band gears-up for the coming festival season,  DWP asked the band "what drives them?" Here's what Korn frontman Jonathan Davis and guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer had to say. Check out Driven: Korn below

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When it comes to music festivals, my "Old Crankypants" alter-ego tends to come out. The April arrival of the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is essentially the start of festival season here in the U.S., and for the most part, the most high-profile fest in the country holds little interest for me. Sure, they score a few sweet headliners like GUNS 'N ROSES this year, and the mighty FAITH NO MORE a few years back, but the running joke of the dozens of bands slapped on the poster in an increasingly smaller font is just that - a joke. Then we have Lollapalooza here in Chicago, a fest I still haven't attended since it planted its flag on Illinois soil for a permanent run - preferring to remember it as a traveling carnival of awesome from the 90s. In fact, the only fest locally that I've been known to support 100% is RIOT FEST, but I will say that the upcoming Chicago Open Air has my attention (needs some Product of Hate, though). Cranky business in lineups aside, the amount of press releases that I receive each year about the culture surrounding Coachella is fascinating. There's usually two things being pitched - "VIP" packages that would be unaffordable for most ($25K-$50K), and fashion. A lot of fashion. On the latter note, I really have no gripes, which is why it's actually sort of cool to see that MGA Entertainment has issued a new series of "Music Festival Vibes" BRATZ dolls... though "Old Crankypants" does come back when it comes to BRATZ.

Tuesday, February 16 2016 19:49

Chicago Open Air - Full Lineup Announced!

The full lineup for the First Annual CHICAGO OPEN AIR Music Festival has been released, and I'm digging it. The Chicagoland area hasn't seen a lineup like this in quite some time, and among the ones that had long-been rumored (DISTURBED, SLIPKNOT, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH), there's some pleasant surprises - like the mighty HELMET, who actually received some premium poster space for this one. Perhaps the only thing that could make this better for me is if PRODUCT OF HATE were on the bill, but alas, they will likely be touring elsewhere in July as it is. Check out the official announcement for Chicago Open Air below...

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