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Sacred Rose Festival • Seat Geek Stadium • Bridgeview

| August 30, 2022

Sacred Rose Festival

Seat Geek Stadium

Bridgeview, IL

August 26-28

Recap and photos by Curt Baran

Day One

The jam-centric Sacred Rose Festival made its debut last weekend at Bridgeview’s Seat Geek Stadium “campus.” While the lineup for the three-day event certainly leaned heavily in the direction of twangy improvisation, there were still plenty of alternates and left-of-center offerings as well. Day One’s big draw was the excellently dubbed PHILCO, a combination of former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s touring band melded together with Jeff Tweedy and Nels Cline of Wilco fame. The inaugural first day was also firmed up by The War On Drugs, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Lettuce, Yves Tumor, City & Colour, The Dip, White Denim, Sierra Hull, Danielle Ponder, Liz Cooper, Midnight North, and Gone Gone Beyond.

Day Two

If the inaugural day of Sacred Rose was the mellow, languid vibe, then Day 2 brought the boogie! Adopted Chicagoan’s Umphrey’s McGee (they got their start in South Bend, IN) played two sets to close out the middle day. Goose, whose star is rapidly on the rise, wedged themselves in between, giving concertgoers a fat dose of bone-shaking to send them off into the night. The entirety of the day seemed to be consistently more uptempo with spirited performances from Cory Wong, The Disco Biscuits, Moon Taxi, Lotus, Sunsquabi, Syzgal, Luke Mitbani, and a weekend highlight from Andy Frasco & The U.N.

Day Three

After the third weather delay, management called it off. Two previous weather-related evacuations resulted in a handful of Sunday’s mid-afternoon sets being canceled. With dangerous lighting in the area, Sacred Rose met with a premature end around 8 pm Sunday evening. Dawes, who unofficially became the evening’s headlining act by default, had just finished their third song when word hit the campus. A brief regrouping was attempted, but fans would have to be content with savoring earlier performances from Hiatus Kaiyote, Blu Detiger, Maggie Rose, Nicole Atkins, Kitchen Dwellers, Karina Rykman, and The Wood Brothers. As the Grateful Dead sang: ” If the thunder doesn’t get ya/Then the lightning will.” So they went down the road feeling slightly unfulfilled.

 

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