Bassel and the Supernaturals, Tennis, and The Dandy Warhols at the Taste of Randolph (June 20, 2015)

The Taste of Randolph is a must-see festival during the summer in Chicago. This year, the three-day festival hosted bands including The Dandy Warhols, Best Coast, Tennis, Little Hurricane, Dinosaur Jr. and more! What is the best part about this festival? It’s free! Located in Chicago’s West Loop, this three-day festival celebrated its 19th year with incredible musical performances, artists’ tents, and fantastic food.

Kicking off the West Stage at noon on Saturday, June 20, was Bassel and the Supernaturals. The band is a local eclectic 9-piece band which is led by Syrian-American songwriter Bassel Almadani. They are influenced by soul, funk and jazz. The lyrics of their songs reflect on topics such as love, loss, and a war in Syria that has affected Bassel’s family along with 10 million others. They put on an outstanding performance and opened up with their song “Advertise Me”. Another song I enjoyed was ‘Distracting Imagery’.

Tennis played the West Stage at 7:30pm. They are an indie pop band consisting of husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. Most of their songs consist of very lively guitar sounds and Moore’s relaxing vocals. The crowd was swaying to my favorite Tennis song “Marathon”. This song is very breezy and my favorite part is the wordless chorus containing Moore’s harmonizing “ooh’s”.

The Dandy Warhols closed out the West Stage for the night at 9pm. They are a rock band formed in Portland, Oregon led by singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor. Their music has some psychedelic and BritPop influences. This talented band played an incredible show. They played their popular song “Bohemian Like You” from 2000. They were a great ending act for Saturday.

Taste of Randolph is a can’t-miss event. I highly recommend checking it out if you have never been!

Marissa Rocchi (PlaylistHQ Intern)

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