THE BIG WEEKEND Announces Inaugural Festival in Chicago

Article Contributed by The Syndicate | Published on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Silver Wrapper, Live Nation and JAM Productions are proud to present THE BIG WEEKEND, three nights of music across five venues in Chicago from Oct 4 – 6. Following the model of a city takeover, the inaugural festival will feature performances from Umphrey's McGee, Lettuce, Emancipator Ensemble, Leftover Salmon, Papadosio and more. Early and late performances allow for multiple venue visits an evening and afternoon surprises with artists are also in the works. Watch the announce video HERE.

Tickets are on sale this Friday, June 8 @ 10am Central and CID Entertainment is offering a Big Weekend VIP Experience that bundles a ticket to a Friday & Saturday night concert with premium access at each show. For fans seeking a weekend getaway, travel packages are also available that include hotel reservations at Cambria Chicago and concert tickets on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Big Weekend Experience & Travel Package details are available HERE.

The Big Weekend is also proud to have Headcount involved in the event and will be donating $1 from each ticket to the organization. Headcount will be present at all performances signing fans up to vote.

Chicago has a long history with the jam scene, from hosting the final Grateful Dead show in '95 to the monumental Fare The Well performances in 2015. It's only fitting that hometown favorites Umphree's McGee are anchoring the first of what will be an annual event.

Michael Berg of Silver Wrapper Presents notes, “When the idea of bringing The Big Weekend concept to Chicago came to us, we loved it. Previously, we had used a similar concert series model on events such as the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues series, so we knew it could work. The music of the extended jam scene is at the heart of the Silver Wrapper concert community, so we're especially excited to see this one come to life and start a new fall music tradition in Chicago.”

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The Big Weekend 
Oct 4 – Lettuce @ Concord Music Hall
Oct 5 – Emancipator Ensemble + Papadosio @ Riviera Theatre (Early)
Oct 5 – The Revolution @ Park West (Early)
Oct 5 – Spafford @ House of Blues (Early)
Oct 5 – The Motet + Special Guests @ Concord Music Hall (Late) – Presented by Relix
Oct 6 – Umphrey’s McGee @ Aragon Ballroom (Early)
Oct 6 – Leftover Salmon + Amy Helm @ Park West (Early)
Oct 6 – Spafford @ House of Blues (Late) – Presented by Relix
Oct 6 – Sunsquabi +The Russ Liquid Test @ Concord Music Hall (Late) – Presented by Relix