Throwback Music Fest returns to Milwaukee Avenue Sept. 9-11 with tributes to Tom Petty, Aerosmith, classic car show, pet parade, ‘Miss Throwback’ contest, kids’ activities – Reuters


The “Throwback Music Fest” from September 9-11 will feature rock legends Aerosmith and Tom Petty, local favorites The Gingers and 7th Heaven, the “Miss Throwback” pageant, a pet parade, an exhibition of cars and a 9/11 memorial ceremony.

The annual festival will be held from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, September 9, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 10 and from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 11 on Milwaukee Avenue between Rosedale Avenue at south and Elston Avenue to the north.

Here is the musical lineup for the main stage:

Friday: Vintage rock cover bands at 5 p.m., Cover Dogs at 6:30 p.m. and Lounge Puppets at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday: Drew Tianis and the Stray Dogs at noon, rock/country band Southern Draw at 2 p.m., Marlon and the Shakes at 4 p.m., Tom Petty tribute band Southern Accents at 6 p.m. and Aerosmith tribute band Last Child at 8 p.m.

Sunday: Saint Patrick High School Band at 11:30 a.m., Rick Lindy and the Wild Ones at 1 p.m., 7th Heaven at 3 p.m., rock cover band The PriSSillas at 5 p.m. and “redheads that rock” group The Gingers at 7 p.m.

The festival will also include a three-day classic car display, the “Throwback Pet Costume Parade” at 11 a.m. on Saturday, a 9/11 Memorial First Responder Ceremony at 11 a.m. on Sunday, and the “Miss Throwback Pin-up Girl Contest” at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Children’s activities will include arts and crafts, face painting, bouncy houses, laser tag games and carnival games.

Festival sponsors include Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce, Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association, Wintrust Bank-Gladstone Park, Allstate Agent Jaime Morales, City Volkswagen of Chicago, State Farm Agent David Wians, Garage Bar and Sandwiches, Joseph Mullarkey Distributors, Murray Bros. Caddyshack, Liberty Bank for Savings, New Paradise, State Farm Constable Beth Cadwalader, Police Officers Network, RCI Realty, Malec & Son Funeral Home, Alderman Samantha Nugent (39th) and Alderman James Gardiner (45th).

Proceeds from the festival will go to the chamber scholarship and other community programs.

More information about the festival can be found at


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