Friday, June 16, 2017

SAMF: 2017 Recap

If you missed out on this year's Spring Awakening Music Festival, we feel bad for you, son (thanks, Jay-Z). React Presents is known for putting on Chicago's wildly significant music festivals, but this year they hit it out of the park adding additional entertainment, a larger space for crowds/dancing, and the perfectly curated lined up over all three days. Not to mention, this was the first time in history a headliner performed multiple sets at a festival. We were able to check out Armin Van Buren not once, but twice, this past weekend amongst some of his most loyal fans and biggest supporters. While during the day we were playing in the silent disco, checking out all of the main stages, and talking to festers about who they were most excited to see/hear, the fun didn't end after each headlining performance. 

While React is known for putting on the best indoor and outdoor music festivals in the midwest (at least in our opinion), they're also reliable when it comes to an after party. Missed the chance to join us at the new Lincoln Park hotspot, PRYSM, for Afrojack and Martin Garrix? Well make sure you don't miss out on their next event, Mamby on the Beach, or any of their other upcoming shows/events

Photos c/o React Presents

Friday, June 9, 2017

Mamby on the Beach

Mamby on the Beach, Chicago's only beachside music festival, is back at it on June 24th & 25th at Oakwood Beach

Mamby will consist of three different stages, each hosting some of the most defining indie, electronic, and hip hop artists of the era. The Beach stage, where the kings of psychedeclic rock will be kicking off, will be the kings of psychedelic rock MGMT along with chart-topping alt pop band WALK THE MOON and returning to Mamby for an extraordinary live set are legendary beatmakers CUT COPY. Additional acts include soulful electronic champions MIIKE SNOW, sensual R&B-hybrid duo MARIAN HILL and tropical house master KLINGANDE. In support, fiery performances from RAURYSTRFKRMUNARAVYN LENAEGAVIN TUREK and more will keep the inclusive beachside vibes in full swing.

Meanwhile, on the lush grasses of the Park Stage, attendees are invited to kick back and groove to a diverse group of crossover acts from all corners of the hip hop and electronic gamuts. Standout live acts include joyful pop pioneers MISTERWIVES, twisted beat scientist FLYING LOTUS, and the indie-pop quintet LOCAL NATIVES. The Park Stage will also see performances by the voice of Chicago's West Side SABAMUTEMATHSANGOPHOEBE RYAN, and SIR THE BAPTIST. 

Mamby’s dedicated electronic stage, curated for a second consecutive year by dance industry leader Mixmag, is primed to host hypnotizing rhythms and underground beats for two days straight. Headlining the Mixmag Tent is historic techno trailblazer GREEN VELVET celebrating the 25 year anniversary of his Chicago-founded label Relief Records, best known for releasing legendary tracks such as the Percolator (1992) and Flash (1995). In honor of the celebration, Green Velvet helped curate the lineup with support from JUSTIN MARTINMKLEE FOSS, fellow Relief recording artist LATMUN and more. Future house producer TCHAMI will be taking over headlining duties on Saturday, along with support by Belgian funk-centered powerhouse THE MAGICIANSAMF FELDTJUSTIN JAYWILL CLARKE, DJ HEATHER and more. Step out of the sun and experience a daytime beach club like no other as the Mixmag Tent provides nonstop dance fuel all weekend long.

Still need tickets? You better act fast and can snag them here before you have some of the biggest FOMO of the year. 

This post was sponsored by React Presents

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


For those of you who have been loyal followers for the past handful of  years, you probably did a double take thinking that you were reading the wrong blog, since I usually only post about EDM festivals. However, as I've grown older I have found a new appreciation for all different types of music - from Classical, to R&B, to even a little bit of Country.
The country music festival formerly known as "Windy City LakeShake" has rechristened itself as Country LakeShake and is right around the corner! The summer music festival will take over the Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island from June 23–25, offering up a mass of Nashville stars and more cowboy hats than you'll see at Lollapalooza...and I cannot wait to check it out!
Headliners at this year's LakeShake include young Nashville songwriter (and son of country singer Rhett Akins) Thomas Rhett, Texas singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert and country pop trio Rascal Flatts. Other notable acts on the lineup include Nashville duo Big & Rich (best known for its ubiquitous single "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)"), vocal quartet Little Big Town and former Survivor contestant Chase Rice.
Country LakeShake ticket packages are almost SOLD OUT, so make sure to snag your Single Day, 3-Day Lawn, or 3-day Grandstand passes this week! And before you start trying to find an appropriate pair of cowboy boots to wear to the fest, take a look at the full Country LakeShake lineup below or follow our #Lakeshake4Lily Spotify Playlist to get started early! 
Friday, June 23
Mo Pitney, Lauren Alaina, Randy Houser, High Valley, Big & Rich, Thomas Rhett
Saturday, June 24
Gary Allan, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Dan + Shay, Michael Ray
Sunday, June 25
Brothers Osborne, The Cadillac Three, Rascal Flatts, Chase Rice, William Michael Morgan

Photos c/o Google Images
This post was sponsored by Country LakeShake