Riverwest Music Festival | 1111 W. Elston | Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader

Riverwest Music Festival Recommended All Ages Soundboard Image

When: Fri., July 4, 11 a.m., Sat., July 5, 11 a.m. and Sun., July 6, 11 a.m. 2014

The first annual Riverwest Music Festival provides an entire weekend of techno, house, and other sundry varieties of EDM—think of it as a replacement for Wavefront, whose 2014 iteration has been scuttled. If the prospect of listening to sugary, bass-heavy dance music 11 hours a day for three straight days sounds like torture to you, well, it kind of does to me too—and I like dance music. Nevertheless, each day has at least two artists to make the trip worth it. The standout day is Friday, with sets by German DJs and producers Koze and Henrik Schwarz (I’ve also been told by reliable sources to check out fellow German Marcel Fengler). Koze, fresh off the success of his minimal-house masterpiece Amygdala (Pampa), can be counted on to spin an unpredictable set of joyous, sensual music that spans several genres. Schwarz will likely rely more heavily on deep house, though judging by his durable contribution to the DJ-Kicks series, he may step out of his comfort zone into jazz, soul, funk, or postpunk. On Saturday, techno wizard Dixon performs, as does Marcel Dettmann, a fixture at Berlin club Berghain (though Dettmann’s Riverwest set probably won’t include the public intercourse for which that venue is notorious). Sunday’s lineup is relatively underwhelming, but it does feature the sharp techno of Canadian duo Art Department, who frequently visit the Windy City, and the divine house of Benoit & Sergio. —Tal Rosenberg

Price: $149 three-day pass

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