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2019 Bitter Jester Music Festival - Grand Finale

  • Wolters Field 1080 Park Avenue West Highland Park, IL, 60035 United States (map)




Free Concert & Free Parking • 4pm • July 4, 2019 

Competition Lineup: (will be announced throughout June)

Showcase Bands: (will be announced in late June)

Featured Solo Performer: (will be announced in late June)

July 4, 2018 Grand Finale Judges & Emcees: (will be announced this summer)


Proud to be a part of the HP150 Celebrations in the City of Highland Park, IL in 2019!


Come for the music, enjoy Louie B. Fresh Mobile Kitchen & Catering & Frost Gelato, get some artwork done by Laine Too (temporary tattoos), and stay for the fireworks!

Celebrating its 14th year, the Bitter Jester Music Festival hits its 2019 summer stride with the annual Grand Finale Concert. Ten incredible bands will be featured with eight of them in competition. This concert is a showcase of some of the BEST up-and-coming musical talent from across Northern Illinois and Wisconsin! 

Preliminary concerts took place the first four Fridays of June at Port Clinton Square in beautiful Downtown Highland Park. Professional judges selected one winning band each Friday and the Bitter Jester Foundation for the Arts selected four additional Wild Card Bands to advance to the Semi-Finals on the July 4. Thousands of dollars in combined cash and prizes will be given away to musicians and lucky audience members! Awesome raffle prizes will be available, too, with proceeds benefiting the Bitter Jester Foundation, a not-for-profit public charity in Illinois.

Select bands will also appear in a series of "Best Of" concerts at the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier - dates to be announced soon.