Battle of the Bands - Grand Finale
Jul
4
4:00 pm16:00

Battle of the Bands - 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: (winner chosen at the 06/23 Concert: http://bit.ly/2sLaWbn)

WILD CARD BANDS: (will be announced live on WCIU's You & Me at 6am and 7am on 06/26! Tune in to hear the Wild Card announcement live!)

SHOWCASE BANDS: (will also be announced live on TV).

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


Battle of the Bands - Preliminary Battle #4
Jun
23
7:00 pm19:00

Battle of the Bands - Preliminary Battle #4

  • Port Clinton Square

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.

Battle of the Bands - Preliminary Battle #3
Jun
16
7:00 pm19:00

Battle of the Bands - Preliminary Battle #3

  • Port Clinton Square

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;

Battle of the Bands - Preliminary Battle #2
Jun
9
7:00 pm19:00

Battle of the Bands - Preliminary Battle #2

  • Port Clinton Square

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
 

Battle of the Bands - Preliminary Battle #1
Jun
2
7:00 pm19:00

Battle of the Bands - Preliminary Battle #1

  • Port Clinton Square Highland Park, IL, 60035 United States

Competing Bands (performance order to be announced that night)

"8:33" from Homewood, Flossmoor, Matteson, and Chicago, IL
"Eminence." from Appleton, Menasha, and Oshkosh, WI
Haising Band ("Haising") from Arlington Heights, Berwyn, Elk Grove, and Chicago (Logan Square), IL
We Are Livewire ("LiveWire") from Batavia, Geneva, North Aurora, South Elgin, and St. Charles, IL
"The Rand Band" from Lake Zurich, IL
"Stellar West" from Naperville, Plainfield, and Romeoville, IL