Legendary Chicago music festival, Riot Fest, has had a tumultuous year dealing with the Alderman of Humboldt Park, where their storied festival takes place yearly. After thousands of dollars in damage was done to the park last Fall due to weather issues, the Alderman was none too excited to have the festival back in Humboldt Park. Well, Michael Petryshyn, founder of Riot Fest, has decided to pick up and move, taking his one-of-a-kind music extravaganza to Douglas Park.
As first reported by RedEye, Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) didn’t want Riot Fest to return to Humboldt Park, where the 3-day concert has been held for several years, because of the damage to the park in the aftermath of last year’s fest.
Repairs related to last September’s fest continued this month at the Northwest Side park, whose boundaries are North Avenue to the north, Division Street to the south, California Avenue to the east and Kedzie Avenue to the west.
“The people do not want it because it is massively disruptive for their organized activities. And how can you accommodate this festival in that park without the disruption that it takes days before, during and days after the event?” Maldonado said earlier this month.
On Wednesday, Riot Fest’s top boss seemed more than happy to be working a new alderman – George Cardenas, whose 12th ward includes Douglas Park. In a news release issued Wednesday morning, Michael Petryshyn, founder of Riot Fest, said Cardenas “gets it” when it comes to logistics as well as how the event can help the community.
“In my very first meeting with Alderman Cardenas, I was happy that we were discussing logistical details and how we could enrich the community. Quite frankly, I was silently ecstatic. He wanted to know more about staging, production, staffing and myriad small details many elected officials would never think to ask. Analytical minds in the festival world are a commodity and I was impressed with how Alderman Cardenas saw the big picture in the details,” Petryshyn was quoted as saying in a news release.
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After giving us his Animal Ambition LP last year, 50’s finally ready to deliver his Street King Immortal LP and he gets things rolling today with the first official single from the album — “Get Low.”
For “Get Low,” Fif’s joined by 2 Chainz, T.I. and Chicago’s own Jeremih. Solid lineup, solid track. Not mad at this one at all. Check it out for yourself below, thanks to DJ Envy.
A few days ago, we brought you the brand new Chella H and Soulja Boy collabo, “Fleek,” which appeared on Soulja’s most recent tape, Swag. Well, these two must’ve hit it off rather quickly as DeAndre and Chella have already connected to shoot the video with Nick Brazinsky.
Thankfully, we have some behind the scenes pics from the set and you can now check them out above and below. Do so, and stay tuned for the finished product due out any day now. If you missed the song, you can grab it right here.
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We could all use a little direction in life, no? Well, let Long show you the way with this bleepy new banger titled “Direction.” What are you doing with your life? What’s your footprint on the planet? It gets deep here. Hope you find your way.
Pavy and Qualmes drop the video for this easy, breezy summertime record that they initially leaked a while ago. They actually picked a great time to release this joint as it’s perfect for the season and it will put you in the mood for some nice weather. It was filmed on location at Venice Beach. Have some fun in the sun with them above.