UPDATE: more activities listed for Throwback Music Fest on Milwaukee




A pet parade and costume contest will be among the family activities planned for the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce’s “Throwback Music Fest” which will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 9 to 11, on Milwaukee Avenue between Elston Avenue and Peterson Avenue.

The festival will run from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11.

Leashed dogs are allowed inside festival grounds.

Milwaukee between Elston and Peterson will be closed to traffic and parking from 5 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. Southbound traffic will detoured onto Elston to south on Austin Avenue to Milwaukee, and northbound traffic will be detoured onto Austin to northwest on Elston to Milwaukee.

The “Pawstival” parade and contest will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Saturday as a pre-festival activity. Participants are asked to decorate their dog in clothing that reflects music of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s or 1980s.

Other family activities include arts and crafts, a bouncy house village, face painting, a climbing wall and a hula hoop contest. Some of the children’s activities will be available only on Saturday and Sunday.

A mechanical bull challenge also is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. each day of the festival. The cost is $5 per ride.

A 9/11 memorial ceremony, which will include the playing of “Taps” by Larry Zimmerman, will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday on the main stage, and a classic car show will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Malec & Son Funeral Home, 6000 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Daily passes for the festival’s craft beer tasting, which will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, include a souvenir tasting glass and 15 3-ounce samplings from both regional and national breweries, including Alarmist, Finch, Revolution, Empirical, Brickstone, Blue Moon, Boston and New Belgium. The passes are available for $25 at www.eventbrite.com.

The main stage music lineup on Friday is the Bon Jovi tribute band Bad Medicine at 5:45 p.m. and 1980s tribute band 16 Candles at 8:15 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule features Todd and the Ten Pins at noon, 97Nine at 2 p.m., Beatlerama at 4 p.m., Rolling Stones tribute band Hot Rocks at
5:15 p.m., Abba Salute at 6:45 p.m. and the Shagadelics at 8:45 p.m.

On Sunday, the entertainment schedule includes the Flat Cats at noon, Rick “Elvis” Saucedo at 2 p.m., Dick Diamond and the Dusters at 4 p.m., the Buckinghams at 6 p.m. and Generation at 8 p.m. The Buckinghams’ hits include “Kind of a Drag,” “Susan,” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” and “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song.”

Admission to the event is $5. For information on sponsorship, vendor and volunteer opportunities, call the chamber at 773-775-8871, or visit www.throwbackmusicfest.com.


Gladstone Park's Thowback Music Fest on Chicago's Northwest Side

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