Unlike typical rock concerts, punk festivals are free of cologne, sheepish teenyboppers, and relentless appearances by a free-floating Bono. Savor a sanctified show with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $19, you get one general-admission ticket to see the Descendents at Riot Fest, held at Congress Theater on Saturday, October 8 (up to a $41.67 value, including all ticketing fees). For this special Riot Fest Saturday, the Descendents headline an 11-band bill, with doors opening at 2:30 p.m.
Riot Fest inundates Chicago’s historic Congress Theater with an extensive lineup of renowned punk artists as well as a musically diverse roster of newcomers. Saturday’s stocking is stuffed to the brim with short-attention-span anthems and anti-sentimental punk reunions that cause eyes to mist with spit, as the prodigal punks of The Descendants emerge from another hiatus to rock bifocals out of their frames. With the 1987 lineup intact and long out of college, human Bunsen burner Milo Aukerman and Bill Stevenson lead the ferocious quartet through a too-rare set of impatient masterworks, perforating audiences with 30-second rave-ups about fishing, girls, and an alternate universe where nerds scare off jocks with switchblade protractors.
Throwing flesh on the mosh pit, Detroit’s Suicide Machines reunite to thrill fans with skanking ska-punk, and anarchist crust-punkers Leftover Crack roll fascism in tin foil and microwave it on high. The rest of the day rattles with sets from Strike Anywhere, The Flatliners, Flatfoot 56, The Menzingers, and even more bands certain to turn pogo-hopping audiences into Jet d’Eaus of Mountain Dew.
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