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Yoko to perform at Pitchfork Festival.

I have to admit that I am more than a little jealous.  I have been to many concerts in my day, and there are few remaining artists that I “have” to see in concert.  Yoko Ono is on that short concert wish list.  I know that the times are numbered that I may get to see her perform.  Sadly, I don’t think that a road trip to Chicago is in my near future.  It seems the the indie-kids over at Pitchfork have indeed scored a cultural feat by having her headline their festival.  Hopefully, one of you dear readers will give us a report or two from the festivities.   I am jealous and drooling. 

I really would like to see how some of the material comes across live, maybe she’ll do Cambridge 1969 onstage?  That would be something.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online.

Here’s what we’ve read.

The lineup for the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park on July 13-15 is coming together, and promoters announced a real coup Wednesday with a rare live performance by Yoko Ono.

At the same time that she has been in the rock history books as (choose one) the villainess who broke up the Beatles or the love of John Lennon’s life, Ono has had one foot in the rock underground as a groundbreaking avant-garde musician. Her work has been in the spotlight again recently as the subject of “Yes, I’m a Witch,” a collection of reworked versions of her songs by such Pitchfork-friendly underground favorites as Le Tigre, Cat Power and Peaches.

Ono will headline the festival on Saturday night, a few weeks before Sean, her and John’s son, performs in Grant Park as part of Lollapalooza.

Pitchfork promoters also announced the addition of two more Chicago acts — Califone and the Sea & Cake — as well as Scottish buzz band the Twilight Sad and avant-garde jazz bassist William Parker.

Last week, the full lineup for Friday was announced, with each artist playing one of its best-known albums in its entirety: Slint (playing “Spiderland”), rapper GZA (“Liquid Swords”) and Sonic Youth (“Daydream Nation”).

Three-day passes for the fest cost $50, or single-day tickets can be purchased for $15 (Friday) or $25 (Saturday and Sunday).

Source: Chicago Sun-Times


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