Riot Fest Brings Every Era of Punk Rock

Riot Fest (October 6-10, 2010, Chicago, IL) is bringing a plethora of top-notch bands from every era of punk rock for the 2010. Never content to rest on laurels, they’ve announced another exciting round of bands. Cap’n Jazz, Pennywise, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, The Bronx, Busted at Oz, Torche and Kylesa join this mind-boggling line-up, taking place at multiple venues across Chicago from October 6th – 10th. Fans from all over the world travel to Riot Fest, making it a destination festival for fans of punk rock from every era.

The Busted at Oz compilation album documented the birth of Chicago punk, containing the earliest recordings of Naked Raygun, Strike Under, The Effigies, Silver Abuse, Da! and Subverts. The men behind this Chicago punk blueprint have organized a benefit show at the Double Door (please note new venue) on October 6th. Fans will see the early Naked Raygun line-up (Jeff Pezzati, Santiago Durango, Camilo Gonzales, Jim Caleo), The Effigies (John Kezdy, Earl Letiecq, Paul Zamost, Steve Economou), The Subverts (original lineup), Steve Bjorklund, Da! (original lineup), Silver Abuse (original lineup) and Toothpaste (original lineup). Proceeds go to benefit the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless http://www.chicagohomeless.org/).

Previously announced headliners include Bad Religion, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Circle Jerks, Anti-Flag, Articles of Faith, Snapcase, Less Than Jake, The Lawrence Arms, Bouncing Souls, High On Fire, Corrosion of Conformity, Riverboat Gamblers, OFF! (Keith Morris of Circle Jerks), Red Oktoberfest with Propagandhi, “Busted at Oz” Reunion, Cro-Mags, FUN., Negative Approach, Smoking Popes, Bhopal Stiffs, The Meatmen, Agnostic Front, Off With Their Heads, Brendan Kelly, The Toasters, Roy Ellis a.k.a. Mr. Symarip, Righteous Fool and many more. A full listing of announced bands is available at www.riotfest.org.

Riot Fest is revered for reuniting classic bands from years past (last year the UK’s Cock Sparrer electrified audiences in two sold out shows). This year is no exception. Snapcase plays their first show outside their hometown of Buffalo in years, Articles of Faith play with their original line-up for the first time in 25 years, Bhopal Stiffs reunite for one Riot Fest show only, New York crossover giants Cro-mags return and Negative Approach play a rare show. Corrosion of Conformity will return with the original three-piece “Animosity”-era line up of Mike Dean, Reed Mullin and Woody Weatherman, performing songs from “Animosity” and “Technocracy”.

An extraordinary array of punk bands will take the stages at Congress Theater, Metro, House of Blues, Double Door and Subterranean. There will 17 shows over five venues (not including secret shows), making 5 day passes extraordinarily economical. With more headliners than ever before, Riot Fest saw the need to make traversing the city easier and answered the call – 2010 will find shuttle buses running from Cobra Lounge (there is ample free parking nearby) to each venue and back, where rumor has it that late-night free shows will be going down. A series of official Riot Fest secret shows will be announced via RiotFest.org; they’ll take place undisclosed locations over the summer and fall.