Square Roots returns to Lincoln Square July 13th – 15th boasting more than 70 acts on four stages (two indoor, two outdoor) and more than 40 regional craft brews paired with Lincoln Square restaurants and local artisans. Presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music (OTSFM) and the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce (LSRCC), the three-day festival will feature free music lessons, jams, and plenty of family activities.
Proceeds from Square Roots benefit small business workshops and community place-making efforts and fund the Old Town School of Folk Music scholarship programs, as well as the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce’s local shopping initiatives, ongoing community events and public farmers markets, as well as free summer concerts and artist-in-residence programs at Chicago Public Schools.
Musical performances will include popular American alternative and country rock band The Jayhawks, the throwback blues and country swing of Pokey LaFarge, the power pop hits of Matthew Sweet, the desert blues of Niger’s Bombino, the alt-country noir of The Handsome Family, the global bass groove of Gato Preto, south side Celtic punks The Tossers, Columbian folkloric cumbia group Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto, seminal psychedelic indie rockers The Dream Syndicate, and African reggae royalty Nkulee Dube. Kids’ entertainment includes live shows from Little Miss Ann, and Nick Davio & Friends.
Over a dozen Midwest breweries will have a presence at Square Roots including 5 Rabbit, Argus, Half Acre Beer Company, Hinterland Brewery, Lagunitas, Metropolitan Brewing Company, Northman House Cider, Penrose, Revolution, Sketchbook Brewing, Solemn Oath, Temperance Brewery, Founders, Ten Ninety, Dovetail, Begyle, and Tocayo.
Lincoln Square’s restaurant scene will also be on hand serving up dishes for guests to enjoy with the craft beer pairings. A total of 18 great food vendors will be doling out delicious bites at this year's festival from in and around the Lincoln Square & Ravenswood neighborhoods including Taco in a Bag, Bistro Campagne, The Budlong and The Grafton.