Skokie's Backlot Bash 2016, bigger and better than ever

September 16, 2016 04:22 AM

But for a little bit of rain on Saturday morning, this year's Backlot Bash crowds were bigger than ever, making the ten-year-old event one of the most successful since its inception in 2007.

The carnival portion of the Bash brought in its largest attendance ever, and sales at the beer tent also scored record numbers.

Crowds for Living Colour packed Oakton Street on evening two of Skokie's Backlot Bash

"Day crowds seem to be growing every year," said event organizer Michelle Tuft. "And the attendance for all three of our headliners packed Oakton Street and the surrounding off-street areas of the Bash."

Blue Oyster Cult, Living Colour, Tributosaurus as The Police, and the carnival, indeed were all crowd pleasers. (Read one local man's concert review here.) But some of the lesser-known attractions are what many people think really make the Backlot Bash.

With old movies at the Skokie Theatre and at the Library; folk, bluegrass and soul music on two stages; the Backlot Dash 5K and Kids' Run; a free look at the Skokie Heritage Museum and Log Cabin; a chalk artist, classic auto show, pancake breakfast, food, beer and children's activities; the Bash offered something for the entire family well beyond just nighttime rock-and-roll.

Video: Three-Day Time Lapse Aerial Video of the Bash

The Skokie Park District would like to thank organizational partners and planning committee members at the Village of Skokie, the Skokie Public Library, the Skokie Chamber of Commerce, the Independent Merchants of Downtown Skokie, and School District 219. Finally, huge thanks to the Skokie Park District staff for their year-round efforts and their hard work over the three days of the Bash.

Skokie's Backlot Bash 2017 will be held August 25-27.

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