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Wild Card Bands Announced Live on WBEZ, 91.5FM - Chicago Public Radio
Jun
25
12:00 PM12:00

Wild Card Bands Announced Live on WBEZ, 91.5FM - Chicago Public Radio

  • Port Clinton Square Highland Park, IL, 60035 United States (map)
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The Bitter Jester Music Festival announced its 2019 Wild Card Bands, live on WBEZ 91.5FM’s WorldView with Jerome McDonnell! On the program will be festival Producer/Founder Nicolas DeGrazia and Performance Advisor/Grand Finale Judge Michael Tseitlin to talk about how Wild Card Bands are picked, about the educational component of the festival, and this year’s incredible lineup.

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2019 Music Festival - Night Four
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

2019 Music Festival - Night Four

Information about the performers and judges appearing at the fourth Friday Night Concert of the Bitter Jester Music Festival’s fourteenth season, 2019! — Ravinia Brewing Co. and Judy’s Pizza will be on-hand all night long with raffle prizes available to lucky audience members from the Bitter Jester Foundation…

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2019 Music Festival - Night Three
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

2019 Music Festival - Night Three

Information about the performers and judges appearing at the third Friday Night Concert of the Bitter Jester Music Festival’s fourteenth season, 2019! — Ravinia Brewing Co. and Judy’s Pizza will be on-hand all night long with raffle prizes available to lucky audience members from the Bitter Jester Foundation…

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2019 Music Festival - Opening Night Concert
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

2019 Music Festival - Opening Night Concert

Information about the performers and judges appearing at the opening Friday Night Concert of the Bitter Jester Music Festival’s fourteenth season, 2019! — Ravinia Brewing Co. and Judy’s Pizza will be on-hand all night long with raffle prizes available to lucky audience members from the Bitter Jester Foundation…

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Live on WRSE's Underbelly Hours
Aug
19
6:00 PM18:00

Live on WRSE's Underbelly Hours

  • Port Clinton Square Highland Park, IL, 60035 United States (map)
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Tune in to listen to two Bitter Jester Music Fest bands live on the air, Sun, Aug. 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm!

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Join the Underbelly Hours hosts hosts Adela and Dan as they take you on a trip through Chicagoland's underground music and art scene.... every Sunday at 6pm. This episode will feature two Bitter Jester Music Fest bands and their music as well as interview portions with festival founder Nicolas DeGrazia.

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Navy Pier 2018 Bitter Jester Music Showcase Concert
Jul
13
3:00 PM15:00

Navy Pier 2018 Bitter Jester Music Showcase Concert

Join us at the Wave Wall Performance Platform for a performance by Monarchy Over Monday, one of the 2018 Bitter Jester Music Fest Official Selection bands. This free concert is part of "Fresh Fest!" presented by Allstate Insurance Company, a two-day showcase of Chicago’s talented young performing artists.

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Live on WRSE's Underbelly Hours
Jul
1
8:00 PM20:00

Live on WRSE's Underbelly Hours

  • Port Clinton Square Highland Park, IL, 60035 United States (map)
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Tune in to the Underbelly Hours for an interview with Bitter Jester Music Festival Founder & Producer Nicolas DeGrazia, live on the air Sun, July 1, 2018 at 8:00 pm!

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Join the Underbelly Hours hosts hosts Adela and Dan as they take you on a trip through Chicagoland's underground music and art scene.... every Sunday at 6pm. This episode will feature Bitter Jester Music Fest founder Nicolas DeGrazia as he talks about our upcoming Grand Finale Concert at Wolters Field in Highland Park on the 4th of July!

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2017 Bitter Jester Music Festival - Grand Finale
Jul
4
4:00 PM16:00

2017 Bitter Jester Music Festival - Grand Finale

MUSIC • FOOD • FIREWORKS • 4pm on July 4! FREE CONCERT & FREE PARKING!

Come for the music, enjoy Louie B. Fresh Mobile Kitchen & Catering & Frost Gelato, and stay for the fireworks!

Celebrating its 12th year, the Bitter Jester Music Festival hits its 2017 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. Nearly $32,000 in combined cash and prizes will be given away to musicians and lucky audience members! Awesome raffle prizes will be given away too, with proceeds benefiting the Bitter Jester Foundation, a not-for-profit charity.

The Winning Bands have been:

NIGHT ONE: We Are Livewire ("LiveWire") from St. Charles, IL
NIGHT TWO: Audiophilia from Williams Bay, Eau Claire, Waterford, Elkhorn, and Lake Geneva, WI
NIGHT THREE: The Child of Eve from North Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, South Elgin, and St. Charles, IL
NIGHT FOUR: Surround Sound 
WILD CARD BANDS: The Magnifiers, Elise and the Police, Eminence, Stellar West

SHOWCASE BANDS: Skydeck and The Browns

Select top bands will play a "Best Of" concert at the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier / Navy Pier on 09/03/17.

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2017 Music Festival - Preliminary Competition #4
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

2017 Music Festival - Preliminary Competition #4

Competing Bands (performance order to be announced that night)

80HD from Arlington Heights and Prospect Heights, IL
Breaking Ice from Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, and Palatine, IL
The Magnifiers from Chicago, IL
sam poll (Solo Artist) from Highland Park, IL
Skydeck from Highland Park, Northbrook, Skokie, and Winnetka, IL
Surround Sound from Madison, Middleton, and Waunakee, WI and St Louis, MI.

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2017 Music Festival - Preliminary Competition #3
Jun
16
7:00 PM19:00

2017 Music Festival - Preliminary Competition #3

Competing Bands (performance order to be announced that night)

"The Browns" from Hickory Hills, Worth, and Palos Heights, IL;
"The Child of Eve" (Solo Artist Benjamin Jeffrey Groth) from St. Charles, and Northern Chicago, IL;
"Claudia Mintz" (Solo Artist) from Highland Park, IL;
"Double Identity" from LaGrange and LaGrange Highlands, IL;
"Ferine" from Madison, WI;
"Idiots with Ryhum" from McHenry, IL;

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2017 Music Festival - Preliminary Competition #2
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

2017 Music Festival - Preliminary Competition #2

Competing Bands (performance order to be announced that night)
 

"Audiophilia" from Eau Claire, Elkhorn, Lake Geneva, Waterford, and Williams Bay, WI
"Bad Idea" (facebook.com/Badideaalt) from Libertyville, IL and Kenosha, WI
"Elise and the Police" from Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, and Skokie, IL
"Exeter" from Highland Park, Highwood, and Chicago, IL
"No Results" from Highland Park, IL
"Stalemates" from Glenview and Northbrook, IL
 

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