Do-Division Street Fest: Bass Drum of Death, JD McPherson, Screaming Females, Weeks, Make-Overs, and others | Division between Damen and Leavitt | Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader

Do-Division Street Fest: Bass Drum of Death, JD McPherson, Screaming Females, Weeks, Make-Overs, and others Member Picks All Ages

When: Sat., May 31, 1:30 p.m. 2014

Do-Division Street Fest has been growing steadily over the years, and its eighth installment takes over Division Street between Damen and Leavitt this weekend. This year's music lineup is huge, with local and national acts playing metal, garage, hip-hop, indie rock, and more. In keeping with Do-Division tradition, the Empty Bottle has booked the East Stage, and Subterranean has taken care of the West Stage. The former cranks up on Fri 5/30 with Bay Area barbarian-metal overlords High on Fire and local trash-thrash revivalists Oozing Wound—and for some reason my band Basic Cable plays first. On Sat 5/31, garage duo Bass Drum of Death and guitar-slinging rock 'n' rollers Screaming Females anchor the East Stage, whose full day of music also includes locals Jimmy Whispers and Radar Eyes. Los Angeles hip-hop institution People Under the Stairs headlines on Sun 6/1, with support including Slow Magic and Goldlink. DJs spin between bands throughout the festival: Permanent Records staff on Friday, members of Rabble Rabble on Saturday, and Slo 'Mo resident DJ Tess on Sunday. The West Stage begins Fri 5/30 with local soul-pop favorites JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Marrow, and the O'My's. On Sat 5/31 the Welcome opens up on the West Stage, and JD McPherson headlines seven hours later—in between, the entertainment includes the Weeks, Martin Van Ruin, and Elephant Gun. On Sun 6/1 guitar wizard J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. caps off the West Stage entertainment, after sets from the likes of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Barber Green, and Muscle Worship. There's also a family-friendly stage at Hoyne and Crystal, which runs from noon to 6 PM on Saturday and Sunday only—its bookings include dance, martial arts, science demos, yo-yo tricks, and the Environmental Encroachment Marching Band. Some of the main-stage headliners play club shows this weekend too, which is especially good news for folks who don't care for street festivals. High on Fire hit the Empty Bottle on Saturday and Sunday, though both shows are sold out. JD McPherson is at Subterranean on Friday, and Mascis plays the same club Sunday. —Luca Cimarusti

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