When: July 25-26, 12 p.m. 2009
Now in its sixth year, Wicker Park Fest features rock, indie pop, electronic music, and DJ sets on three stages this Saturday and Sunday on Milwaukee between North and Wood. The fest runs from noon till 10 PM both days, and the music starts at 1:30 PM Saturday and 2 PM Sunday. House Call Entertainment, talent buyers for the Beat Kitchen and Subterranean, booked the North Stage, where Saturday’s lineup includes the Retribution Gospel Choir, Vampire Hands, the Night Marchers (fronted by the incomparable John Reis, also of Drive Like Jehu, Rocket From the Crypt, and Hot Snakes), and Grand Duchy (Pixies front man Black Francis and his wife Violet Clark, who also play Friday at Subterranean); among the notable acts on the other stages are the New Deal, Future Rock, and Scott Lucas & the Married Men. Electronic music artist turned decadent soul singer Jamie Lidell headlines a 10 PM afterparty at the Congress Theater. Sunday’s highlights include Elvis Perkins in Dearland (also headlining Subterranean on Saturday night), lavish indie-pop outfit Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, Junior Boys, the Smoking Popes, and William Elliott Whitmore, described by Reader contributor Monica Kendrick as a “fiery Iowa farm boy [who] can can carry a whole album (and a whole audience) with just his banjo, his stomping foot, and his prematurely ancient mountain-man voice.” The Omega Moos (members of Umphrey’s McGee and the New Deal) and Wyllys play a 9 PM afterparty at the Double Door. Food from neighborhood restaurants and a variety of arts and crafts from local exhibitors will be for sale; admission is a $5 suggested donation.