Although Chicago is a music powerhouse all year long, summertime Chi is a special time of the year for one reason in particular – music festivals. This year, I was able to make it out to Pitchfork 2017 with my camera to check out a few acts each day that caught my interest. Here’s who I thought took home the award for best performance of the day (with a few pictures I was able to grab, find more on my Instagram @TimmyRisden).
The festival kicked-off Friday afternoon with a variety of great performers. However, Detroit native Danny Brown stole the show at 6pm from the Green Stage as he notoriously does at music festivals and everyday shows alike. Although he arrived at Pitchfork lacking his signature wild hairstyle, he was determined to keep his incredible performance track record going.
Continuing into Saturday, true Hip-Hop fans piled into Union Park as early as 1pm in hopes of getting a good spot for A Tribe Called Quest‘s 8:30pm performance at the Green Stage. The trio began their performance paying their respects to Phife Dawg, a group member that passed in March of 2016, a sight that sent chills through everyone in attendance. Those who waited all day got the rare experience they were hoping for as The Tribe played classics all night long, making this decision for best Saturday performance a no-brainer.
As the festival moved into it’s last day, Pitchfork wasn’t holding back at all as they delivered a list of great artists all day long. However, nobody could really keep up with the show Joey Purp put on from the Blue Stage at 4pm. Bringing out a variety of Save Money affiliates such as Vic Mensa, Towkio, and Kami, Joey gave his fans practically the entire iiiDrops album as well as many classic hits that only his day 1 Chicagoans would know the words to.
Pitchfork 2017 was a great experience for sure, but Chicago’s incredible line-up of summer music festivals doesn’t stop there. With Lollapalooza, North Coast, and more just around the corner, make sure to stay posted on what’s next in our city.