Skokie's Backlot Bash Music History

June 15, 2023 09:47 AM

Having quickly earned a reputation for quality, original live music (as well as a host of unique family attractions), Skokie's downtown summer street festival is held annually over three days in late August, one week prior to Labor Day weekend. Since its inception in 2007, Skokie's Backlot Bash –– setting itself apart from other Chicagoland music festivals –– has presented original international and local eclectic rock, blues, R&B, bluegrass, funk, Americana, world beat, ska and punk artists. Now in its sixteenth year, take a look back at summer music in downtown Skokie.


Arrested Development

Tributosaurus becomes The Kinks (take 2)
Big Wade & Black Swan Theory
The Hitmaker
Banda 380
Uncle Pigeon
nine more to be announced


Eve 6
Blessid Union of Souls

The Handcuffs
Tributosaurus becomes The Doobie Brothers
Greg Jacks & Brother Help
wht.rbbt.oj (White Rabbit Object)
Montunos en el Jardin
Architects of Beauty
Sanctified Grumblers
Jonas Friddle Trio
Conway & Austin
Nathan Hunter
Ryan Fisher
Shoji Naito
Abby Lyons
Sullivan Sisters


Vertical Horizon
Kid 'n Play
Michael McDermott
Scott Lucas & The Married Men

Tributosaurus becomes The Kinks
Decoy Prayer Meeting
Too Hype Crew
Son of Abbey
Mike Coy Duo
The Right Now
​Nikki O'Neill
Jess McIntosh & Aaron Smith
Linda Marie Smith
Gross Ngolle Pokossi
Dave Hoffheimer Band
Nick Davio Duo
The Long Goodbye


Ohio Players
The Verve Pipe
Smoking Popes
Material Issue

Tributosaurus becomes The Allman Brothers Band
Farewell Captain
The Jeremiah Review
Frantastic Sound System
Jeremiah Hunt
The Mosquitos
Andrea Bunch Duo
Kaben Kafo
Donna Herula Trio
Jacob Sweet
Silver Rose
Katie Grennan & Jim DeWan
Louis Bardales


The Smithereens with guest vocalist Marshall Crenshaw

Material Issue
Tributosaurus becomes The Rolling Stones  
Gros Ngolle Pokossi Trio
The Imperial Sound
Fruteland Jackson
Bailey Dee
Morry Sochat & The Special 20's
Company Strangers 
Eric Lugosch
Dan Fulkerson
Shelley Miller
Mike Zabrin’s Funktastic
Kent Rose
Linda Marie Smith
Mike Coy
The Hoodies


Sister Hazel

Tributosaurus becomes AC/DC  
The Safes
South City Revival
The Right Now
Paul Kaye & The Blues Cartel
The Healthy Portion
The Dreamtree Shakers
2 Guitars N A Tuba
The Grape Pickers
Zacbe Trio
Bill Grant
Johnson & Winters
Chris Walz
Judy & Peggy


Soul Asylum
A Flock of Seagulls
The Alarm

​Tributosaurus becomes R.E.M.
Devil in A Woodpile
James Elkington
Matt Hendricks & Cash Curtis
Louis Zagoras & Rollover
The Differents
​Paul Kaye
The Frantastic Sound System
The Wandering Boys
Luciano Antonio Trio
Jodee Lewis Trio
Bach & Beethoven Ensemble
Dueling Teles


Living Colour
Blue Oyster Cult
Tributosaurus becomes The Police
The Cells
Penthouse Sweets
Foreign Shores
Royal Outsiders
Terry White
Everybody Says Yes
Big Sadie
Gabriel Medina
Colby Maddox
Matt Brown
Chris Walz
Tony Do Rosario Duo
Chris Farrell
Seamoor Sonny Miles & the seven seize
Scott Besaw


The Psychedelic Furs
The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Tributosaurus becomes The Cars
The Luck of Eden Hall
Decoy Prayer Meeting
Dann Morr & The Dashing Bastard Sideshow
Eric Unger
Nu Bambu
Matt Hendricks
Gillespie Jazz Trio
Angela James
Chris Corsale
Jess McIntosh
Infamous Banjolele Bandit
Steve Rosen


Spin Doctors
The Original Wailers

Tributosaurus becomes The Doors
The Bon Mots
Kevin Purcell and The Nightburners
Tiny Miles Trio
Foreign Shores
Patrick Donley
Bailey Dee Trio
Sanctified Grumblers
Paulinho Garcia
Corned Beef Hash
Lisa DeRosia
Grant Ziolkowski Duo


The English Beat
The Steepwater Band

Tributosaurus becomes 'Kool & The Gang'
Deal's Gone Bad
The Wanton Looks
Simple Simon
The Artist Formally Known as Vince Band
The Intimate Machines
Rivals of the Peacemaker
Kitty Devine and the Big Whoop
Joe Sounds Steel Drum Calypso
The Blue Coast Band
Brown-Reish 'Old Time'
Filisko & Noden Roots Duo


The Fixx
Local H

Tributosaurus becomes Tom Petty
The Handcuffs
The Steepwater Band
Certain Stars
Rivals of the Peacemaker
Keith Baumann
Matt Hendricks Duo
Paulinho Garcia
We Killed the Lion
Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddle Contest


Smoking Popes
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials

Tributosaurus becomes The Who
The Statutes of Liberty
The Congregation
The Matthew Skoller Band
Dr. K and the Volunteers
Sanctified Grumblers
Riddum Secure
South Boulevard
Bluegrass Fiddle Contest
Uptown A Capella


The Presidents of the United States of America
Tributosaurus becomes CCR
American English
Steve Frisbie Band
Mannequin Men
Bullet Called Life
Paul Green School of Rock
Aaron Fox and the Reliables
The Real Gone
The Fundamental Blues Band
Rolling Thunder


The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker

Tributosaurus becomes Led Zeppelin
Melvin Taylor
Farewell Captain
Duwayne Burnside
Jimmy Sutton and his Rock 'n' Roll Guitar
The Bon Mots
The Goldstars
Mark Cleveland Band
The Warning Label


The Romantics
Lonnie Brooks Blues Band
Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater
The Shadows of Knight

Tributosaurus becomes CSN&Y
Alex Wilson Band
Hello Dave
Kraig Kenning
Green Tangerines
Little Nashville


The Ides of March
Bottle Rockets

American English
Ha Ha Tonka
Dollar Store
The Riptones
101st Rock Division

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