When: Jan. 1-3 2016
Ian’s Party started nine years ago as a New Year’s Eve punk show headlined by the Brokedowns in their suburban hometown of Elgin. It not only honored the coming year, but also paid homage to their good buddy Ian (for mostly no apparent reason). The night quickly grew into a full-fledged festival that leans on beer-soaked midwestern punk-rock acts, and after spanning a handful of clubs in Elgin for a while, it moved into the city a few years ago. This year the fest is at its all-time biggest and most diverse, with nearly 70 bands rocking “the crotch” in Wicker Park and taking over three of its venues (Double Door, Subterranean, Chop Shop). The Brokedowns, who’ve had the honor of closing out the last eight Partys, headline opening night (Fri 1/1) at Double Door, while pop-rockers Truman & His Trophy (a band that features two-thirds of Meat Wave) headline across the street at Sub-T, which has performances on both of its floors. On Sat 1/2 banjo man Al Scorch headlines Sub-T, and spazz punks Absolutely Not close things out over at Chop Shop. The festival ends on Sun 1/3 with local favorites Meat Wave taking over for the Brokedowns in the festival-closer spot with a headlining set at Double Door, while indie-pop band Panda Riot wrap up the show at Chop Shop. All sorts of locals who operate outside of the usual Ian’s Party pop-punk sound are playing over the festival’s three days, including math-rock trio Paper Mice, noise-poppers Melkbelly, crushing posthardcore outfit Sweet Cobra, slashing dark-rock band Beat Drun Juel, postpunks Closed Mouths, and skate-punk weirdos Rat Hammer, to name just a very few.
Price: $15 per day, $12 in advance, $30 three-day pass, $25 in advance