ROGERS PARK — A neighborhood audio competition returns up coming weekend with a new title and an expanded structure.

The newly renamed Rogers Park New music & Art Fest is noon-10 p.m. July 8-9 at the corner of Sheridan Highway and Columbia Avenue.

This is the third edition of the celebration earlier recognised as Flatts & Sharpe New music Fest, named immediately after the nearby new music retail outlet that creates the fest. The name was adjusted to replicate the festival’s determination to highlighting Rogers Park musicians and artists, in accordance to the fest’s producers.

This year’s occasion is also two days as a substitute of just one day.

There will be 11 regional new music functions enjoying, which include child-welcoming daytime performances. The Oasis Tavern and Bob Wow Jamaican will present foodstuff alternatives, and there will be consume selections, furthermore 6 regional artist distributors.

The musical functions will be streamed on line at the festival’s web page.

“Our annual competition has been met with substantially enthusiasm over the last handful of decades,” the pageant producers wrote on its website. “It is our target to draw in far more folks this calendar year by incorporating a second day to the fest.”

Flatts & Sharpe, 6749 N. Sheridan Road, has been around due to the fact 1976, but it held its initial audio festival in 2019. Owner Chris Bell experienced prior experience putting on “world songs festivals” in the place and made the decision to host a similar celebration for her shop, she reported earlier.

“There’s so lots of awesome musicians listed here,” Bell mentioned. “As a new music shop, we have obtain to a ton them. I said, ‘We’re a new music store, let us get some rock-and-roll in the streets.’”

The competition was not held in 2020 through the pandemic but returned to the neighborhood past calendar year.

The function is no cost, even though donations are encouraged. For a whole audio and seller lineup for the competition, click on in this article.

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