Riot Fest 2013: The Replacements + Fall Out Boy + Blink 182
Event Info: (312) 742-7549 chicagoparkdistrict.com
Whoa, it's like the Warped Tour made a baby with Ravinia. The second edition of the Humboldt Park Riot Fest brings a fleet of pop-punk staples, throwback new-wavers and a handful of indie geezers. Up top you have mall-rockers Fall Out Boy and Blink 182. Then it gets interesting with the long-awaited reunion of the Replacements, in addition to appearances by the Pixies (minus Kim Deal) and the Violent Femmes. Down the list are a few outliers (Best Coast, the Dismemberment Plan, Stars, Peter Hook), but overall this end-of-summer fling is like a reunion for the Epitaph and Fat Wreck Chords labels. The rest of the bill reads like the CDs that were piled on the floor of my used Buick in high school—Public Enemy, Rocket from the Crypt, Screeching Weasel, Dinosaur Jr., Pennywise, Bad Religion, Quicksand, Bad Brains…. Crap, does this mean I have to learn how to skate all over again?