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DS Photo Gallery: Riot Fest Chicago – Day 3 (Jawbreaker, Hot Water Music, The Flatliners, The Menzingers and more)

The weekend of September 15-17 saw the annual return of Riot Fest. Riot Fest 2017 was held for the 12th consecutive year in Chicago and for the third consecutive year in Douglas Park. Once again, Riot Fest saw an eclectic crowd turn out, including multiple generations of families. You can check out our coverage of day one here and our shots from day two here, but we, like Riot Fest organizers this year, certainly saved the best for last. 

While last year’s Riot Fest included a Danzig-led Misfits reunion that was noteworthy in its own right, this year’s headline reunion band felt somewhat bigger and more important in a lot of ways. There’s a giant faction of the punk rock scene that’s effectively been the House That Jawbreaker built, and that was certainly reflected in this particular day’s lineup. There’s a direct sonic and stylistic connection from newly-reformed trio, playing only their third show in over two decades, to bands like Hot Water Music to more recent torch-bearers like The Flatliners and The Menzingers. All of the above were on display on a hot and sweaty third-and-final day of Riot Fest 2017, marking a notable past, present and future that seemed to find each generation drawing inspiration from the others.

But wait, there was plenty of other punk rock history to go around! GWAR have kept on keeping on following the death of frontmonster Dave Brockie a few years ago, and have been Riot Fest regulars for years. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones made another stop on their Let’s Face It 20-year celebration shows that’ll wind down with this year’s Hometown Throwdown around Christmastime. Pennywise, who will be celebrating their thirtieth birthday as a band next year, played one of the weekend’s best-received sets. Check out our full photo rundown below!



DS Photo Gallery: Riot Fest Chicago – Day 2 (Bad Brains, The Lawrence Arms, Fishbone and more)

The weekend of September 15-17 saw the annual return of Riot Fest. Riot Fest 2017 was held for the 12th consecutive year in Chicago and for the third consecutive year in Douglas Park. Once again, Riot Fest saw an eclectic crowd turn out, including multiple generations of families. We brought you our full day one gallery a week-or-so ago, so now we’re on to Day Two!

Taking Back Sunday was billed as a co-headliner on this particular evening, but perhaps the most anticipated set was that of Bad Brains. Given the health issues that varying members of the band have experienced over the last handful of years — most notably frontman H.R.’s recent brain surgery, there have been rumors circulating that this fortieth anniversary set might have been the DC punk scene pioneers last ever. If so, it was a hell of a way to go out!

Also featured on the second day of the three-day whirlwind in the sweltering heat were hometown boys The Lawrence Arms; Wu-Tang Clan, the Beastie Boys’ Mike D performing a DJ set, ska-punk pioneers Fishbone, English street punk veterans GBH, Australia’s The Smith Street Band, and Faith No More’s Mike Patton’s latest project, Dead Cross. Check out our full photo gallery of the festivities below, and stay tuned for day three (JAWBREAKER!!) tomorrow!



DS Photo Gallery: Riot Fest Chicago – Day One (Nine Inch Nails, X, Buzzcocks and more)

The weekend of September 15-17 saw the annual return of Riot Fest. Riot Fest 2017 was held for the 12th consecutive year in Chicago and for the third consecutive year in Douglas Park. Riot Fest saw an eclectic crowd turn out, including multiple generations of families. There were too many young punk fans, some just a few months old with mohawks and iconic band tees, to count. 

Day 1, held on September 15th, saw, per usual, a wide variety of acts. As with every previous year, legends and veterans gained the headlining spots and the most attention. In this case, the top billed act for Day 1 of Riot Fest, was Nine Inch Nails

NIN also remains relevant for the prolific film and television scoring work that lead singer Trent Reznor and his collaborator Atticus Ross outside of the group. The duo won the 2011 Oscar for the Score for the film The Social Network. Their work for the currently being broadcast and critically acclaimed 10 part PBS documentary by Ken Burns/Lynn Novick “The Vietnam War” is receiving equal acclaim to the reception of the documentary itself.

The NIN set also demonstrated that the group is as electric as ever. Classics such as “Closer” and “Head Like a Hole” had the large crowd at a fever pitch. However, capping the set; and the night out with  “Hurt” was an emotional gut punch. It has always been a powerful song, but as covered by Johnny Cash, that emotional shot to the heart was upgraded several notches, especially as performed in the video accompanying it. Johnny would lose his beloved June Carter Cash just three months after the filming of the video, and he followed her 4 months later.  It seemed on this night that NIN was not merely playing one of their own best tunes, but rather, they were also singing it in tribute to one of our most beloved, acclaimed and greatest singer-songwriters. Again, an absolute emotional gut punch and shot to the heart. Not something many people would immediately associate with or expect from what started out as a punk rock festival, at least those with little knowledge of this music.

Also, per usual, several veteran acts played one of their albums in full. On day 1, X did the honors with their classic album, “Los Angeles.”  Singer Exene Cervanka wore a black t-shirt emblazoned with her surname on the back and the Los Angeles Dodger log on the front. But a good portion of the crowd (made up of both citizens of the Chicago area, as well as fans who traveled in from other states and other nations) surely appreciated it when she donned a black baseball cap (with a slightly altered color-wise version of) the iconic 4 stars from the City of Chicago flag. X also proved they still have the chops and the songs are still highly adored by their fans. 

One of the most powerful sets was that of Saul Williams. He repeatedly challenged the crowd to face truths about the turbulent times brought on in large part by the current occupiers of the White House and Congressional majority party. He made it known, though perhaps not stated outright, that he was about speaking truth to power; and that words of condemnation are not enough,. His message remains that music is meant to spark change. Williams also repeatedly sent out calls to action with his oft-repeated refrain of “Your punk ain’t punk if you don’t smash Fascists.”

Other day 1 acts demonstrated quite the contrary to Riot Fest’s official and self-deprecating motto “Riot Fest Sucks,”  They included legends such as Buzzcocks and Ministry; and newer groups: The Hotelier, Death From Above; and The Story So Far.

It may be popular to hate on musical fests, including Riot Fest; something as noted above, at which the organizers playful wink. However, perhaps the only thing that truly sucked about day 1 was the blazing heat. It reached into the at least the mid to high 80’s but felt even hotter for those making their ways from stage to stage and the carnival areas. Head below to see our full photo gallery from Day 1 of Riot Fest Chicago, and stay tuned for coverage from Days 2 and 3 soon!



Fat Wreck announces Riot Fest flexi pack that may feature new Jawbreaker music

Fat Wreck Chords have announced they will once again be releasing a special flexi pack exclusive to Riot Fest. In total, the pack will include four flexis with previously unreleased songs.

As most of you know, Jawbreaker will be playing this festival, and some puns in the label’s press release make it sound like one of the flexis may include new music by the recently-reunited band:

“Trust us, you’ll Want the special bonus two song flexi that will be included with every pack…that’s right, four flexis total! Leave your Chesterfields at home and get to Riot Fest and grab a flexi pack!”

Jawbreaker frontman Blake Schwarzenbach recently revealed that the band has been “trying to” write new music. It’s been 22 years since their last album Dear You was released.



Riot Fest announces late night shows

If the three days of Riot Fest doesn’t satisfy your need for live music, fear not. The good folks at Riot Fest have announced the schedule for the after-party shows! Check below for ticket info.



Riot Fest announces full schedule

Riot Fest has released their full schedule of set times for all bands on all stages. The three days of bands upon bands upon bands in Chicago with a carnival and freak show is headlined by Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, and freaking Jawbreaker, who have reunited after a 21 year hiatus.

A handful of bands will be playing full album sets, including Wu Tang Clan, The Lawrence Arms, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Dinosaur Jr., Bayside, and everyone’s favorite crotchety old man that can’t take a punch, Danzig.

Tickets Check out the full schedule below and see if you can get through it without your brain melting from being over-inundated with rad.



Riot Fest announces single day line-ups and Danzig joins the bill

Glenn Danzig will join the annual celebration of all things alternative that is Riot Fest. Performing on the Saturday night, the news is sure to delight fans of the former Misfits legend.

As if that news wasn’t exciting enough, the festival have announced which bands will perform on which days throughout the weekend. All the details about this year’s event can be found over at their official website, or if you just want a quick look at program so far, check the poster below.



Riot Fest announces pop-up restaurant and bar “The Riot Feast”

Organizers of Chicago punk festival Riot Fest have announced they will be expanding into the service world this summer, with a pop-up restaurant and bar called “The Riot Feast”. Here’s what they had to say about the establishment:

We’ve joined forces with the team behind the immensely popular Saved By The Max pop-up diner to open The Riot Feast, a limited-time restaurant and bar in Chicago with Riot Fest-inspired family-style American bites in a turn-of-the-century carnival environment. Located at 1941 W. North Ave, The Riot Feast opens on July 8th for a three-month run.

For more info and tickets, head over to the festival’s official website.



Riot Fest announces 2nd wave of artists


Today, the fine folks over at Riot Fest announced the second wave of artists for this year’s festival and they are as follows:

At the Drive-In, Cap’n Jazz, Best Coast, Black Pistol Fire, The Casualties, Mad Caddies, Cockney Rejects, Radar State, RVIVR, Versus, Seaway, Like Pacific, Grayscale, Warm Brew, Culture Abuse, Potty Mouth, Skating Polly, Upset, Gin Rummy, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black and Kembra Pfahler

This is in addition to 70+ artists already announced, including Nine Inch Nails, QOTSA and Jawbreaker (freakin’ Jawbreaker, dude!) Riot Fest may not be all punk, but it is a stupidly fun time.

You can check out all the fun here.



Riot Fest releases sneak peak trailer for Jawbreaker documentary “Don’t Break Down”

Jawbreaker shook the world by announcing their reunion at this year’s Chicago Riot Fest, and the surprises continue from the legendary band. Riot Fest has released a sneak peak trailer for the upcoming documentary Don’t Break Down, which will follow the history of Jawbreakers formation, its evolution and the powerful impact and influence the band had on the punk rock and independent music scenes.

Check out the trailer below.

Whose making the pilgrimage to this years Riot Fest to see the mighty Jawbreaker return?



It’s official: Jawbreaker is back, and will play this year’s Riot Fest!

After years of rumors, speculation and teasers, California punk legends Jawbreaker have announced that they are finally reuniting. The band will play their first show in 21 years at this year’s Riot Fest as the headlining act on the festival’s final night on September 17th. More details on the fest can be found here.

It’s not clear if the Riot Fest performance will be a one-off, or if the reunion will result in a tour or new album. We’ll keep you posted as more details on Jawbreaker’s future come to light. The band broke up in 1996, a year after the release of their classic album Dear You.



Riot Fest not returning to Denver in 2017

By now you may have heard, but the organizers over at Riot Fest recently announced that they will not be bringing the festival to Denver in 2017 and for the near future. This decision comes as a result of the loss of fellow leader, Sean McKeough, who was cited as an integral part in allowing the event to move forward. Riot Fest will continue in Chicago, so it looks like everyone (including Toronto fans who are also missing out out future editions as well) will have to make the trek to Illinois to take part in the activities.

You can read a full statement by the festival organizers below.

This years edition will take place in Chicago, IL on September 15th-17th.



DS Photo Gallery: Riot Fest Chicago 2016 – Day 1 (NOFX, Refused, Off With Their Heads, The Specials and more)

We know you’ve been waiting patiently, boys and girls, but the wait is finally over!

Dying Scene was lucky enough to have boots on the ground at the Chicago installment of this year’s Riot Fest. We covered as much ground as we could, and chronicled some pretty intense performances throughout the course of the epic three-day festival. Today, we bring you coverage of day one, which included NOFX, The Specials, Refused, Off With Their Heads, and Dillinger Escape Plan. Check out our full gallery below, and stay tuned for coverage of days two and three in the very near future!

 



Converge, Tigers Jaw, others take on Misfits carpool karaoke at Riot Fest Denver

I’m sure you know by now, the original Misfits lineup got back together for a reunion set at Riot Fest Denver earlier this month. With that in mind, the guys behind metal talk show Two Minutes To Late Night decided to bring along a few bands for a special Misfits edition of carpool karaoke. Check out the video below.

In it, members of Converge, Murder By Death, Tigers Jaw, Sleigh Bells, Trap Them, and High Waisted take on the classic tune, “Hybrid Moments.” Fun stuff.

If you missed the special reunion by the Misfits in Denver, you have another chance this weekend at Riot Fest Chicago. Find more information on that right here.



Riot Fest announces special Garbage Pail Kids cards

Riot Fest organizers have announced something new for the upcoming Chicago edition of the festival taking place this weekend.  The festival has teamed up with Topps to release special Riot Fest Garbage Pail Kids cards that will only be available in very limited quantities at the festival.

The cards will feature bands and performers that will be at Riot Fest, including “Mad Milo” and “The Lawrence Harmed.”  You can see what will be going on all 8 cards in the series below, and check out more information here.