In a world where large-scale festivals create lucrative amounts of garbage, musicians carelessly dump their waste into bodies of water and sustainability is undone by "Who gives a shit?", one (smaller) festival crusades tirelessly for greenness, year after year, behind the power of less popular musicians and "a comprehensive waste diversion program."
This summer, coming to the area of Damen between North and Schiller near you, the Wicker Park Green Music Festival will attempt to raise awareness for green and sustainable practices. The festival is forming an army of musicians, including Manchester Orchestra, Into It. Over It., Everest, Ha Ha Tonka, Joe Pug, Joie de Vivre, YAWN, a Talking Heads cover band named This Must Be The Band and more. A full line-up and schedule can be found on the festival's website.
Banished have styrofoam containers and plastic bottles been, cast aside to the world of inappropriate festival ware, so that we may thrive in the presence of biodiesel generators, environmental education and DIY activities for the kids. It's the festival we need, but not the festival we deserve, at least not until people can learn that sporks are a cheap cop-out and are STILL wasteful plastic silverware.
The event is as free as our fundamental human rights should be in an ideally green world, but there is a suggested $5 donation, because, hey, let's admit it, it's not easy being green. From noon to 10 p.m. on June 22-23, sustainability will be spelled "G-R-E-E-N M-U-S-I-C F-E-S-T."
Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page.