Get past the atrocious name of this six-day event and you’ll discover there’s a hell of a lot to get excited about if you’re in Chicago at the end of September for the Estrojam Festival.
First and foremost, ESG will play what is supposedly the punk-funk group’s last show ever at the festival. A quick hunt around the band’s MySpace page wielded no further explanation, so this may very well be your last time to check one of the most sampled bands in the history of music.
Estrojam 2007 will also feature a wide lineup of predominately African American women artists, furthering its mission statement of fostering the women's arts community. The 2007 edition sees the fest partnering with the Women's Equity in Access to Care and Treatment (WEACTx), an organization for women with HIV/AIDS in Africa. Each show will provide information about how to get involved with this organization, and an art exhibit entitled "From Rwanda to Sudan" will be on display.
Commendable social responsibility aside, the festival also features a killer music lineup, which includes Yo Majesty, The Noisettes, Bettye Lavette, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Psalm One, and many others joining the aforementioned ESG. Head over to the festival website for ticket info.
Estrojam takes place Tuesday, September 18 - Sunday, September 23, 2007, in Chicago.
ESG is slated to appear at the festival, for its last show ever.