The History of Music at Skokie's Backlot Bash

April 15, 2016 06:45 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 eclectic rock, blues, R&B, bluegrass, funk, Americana, world beat, ska and punk artists. Now in its eleventh year, take a look back at a decade of summer music in downtown Skokie.


Soul Asylum A Flock of Seagulls The Alarm
​Tributosaurus becomes R.E.M.
James Elkington
Matt Hendricks & Cash Curtis
Louis Zagoras & Rollover
Devil in A Woodpile
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 Öyster Cult Tributosaurus becomes The Police​ The Cells
Penthouse Sweets
Foreign Shores
Royal Outsiders
Terry White
Everybody Says Yes
Big Sadie
Gabriel Medina
Colby Maddox
Jonas Friddle & 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

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


Fastball 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 becomesCCR
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


Cracker The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker Tributosaurus becomes Led Zeppelin
Melvin Taylor
Farewell Captain
Jimmy Sutton and his Rock 'n' Roll Guitar
The Bon Mots
Mark Cleveland Band


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 Vertigo
101st Rock Division

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