Skokie's Backlot Bash is on for 2021!

June 11, 2021 11:00 AM

With the state moving into Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan, Skokie Park District officials have announced that Skokie's Backlot Bash will be back on Oakton Street in downtown Skokie, August 27-29.

The Bash, now in its fourteenth year, will feature 16 live music acts that will play on two street festival stages over three days, featuring rock, blues, funk, folk, soul, roots and more.


The Bash begins on Friday night with ‘70s funk superstars, the Ohio Players, hitting the stage and busting out their hits “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster.”

Saturday night will feature a double bill kicking off with ‘90s rockers, The Verve Pipe, whose hits include “The Freshmen, “Photograph” and “Hero.” The evening ends with Chicago favorite Matthew Sweet, who charted ‘90s hits with “Girlfriend,” “Sick of Myself” and “I’ve Been Waiting.”

On Sunday, Tributosaurus, a collection of some of Chicago’s finest studio musicians, will become The Allman Brothers Band.

The three-day street festival will also host a carnival midway, a large beer tent with a small music stage, the Backlot Dash 5K Run and Half Mile Youth Color Fun Run, a bingo tent, exhibits at the Skokie Heritage Museum –– and on Sunday, a farmer's market and the Rotary Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 a.m., featuring a bloody mary & mimosa bar. Other events are being planned and will be announced soon.

Friday, August 27 at 8:30P – Ohio Players
Saturday, August 28 at 6:30P – The Verve Pipe
Saturday, August 28 at 8:30P – Matthew Sweet
Sunday, August 30 at 6P – Tributosaurus becomes The Allman Brothers Band
Twelve more acts to be announced.
See the history of music at the Bash.

Skokie's Backlot Bash is located at the corner of Floral & Oakton in downtown Skokie. For up-to-the-minute new information please visit   

Skokie's Backlot Bash is presented by the Skokie Park District, the Village of Skokie, the Skokie Public Library, the Skokie Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Niles Township High School District 219.

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