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Lincoln Square’s Square Roots Festival Going Virtual Later This Month

Performances by artists like The O’My’s, Dehd, Frank Waln, Bomba Con Buya and Andrew Sa and the Cosmic Country Showcase Band will be streamed online Aug. 29.

Vandoliers perform at 2019's Square Roots festival.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — Lincoln Square’s largest summer street festival is shifting online at the end of the month.

Performances from The O’My’s, Dehd, Frank Waln, Bomba Con Buya and Andrew Sa and the Cosmic Country Showcase Band will start streaming for free 6 p.m. Aug. 29 online

Square Roots is organized by the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce and the Old Town School of Folk Music. More than 30,000 people typically attend the three-day festival. 

The 2019 fest included more than 300 musicians alongside food and beer from local businesses, and it generated more than $958,000 for the neighborhood, according to the chamber.

This year’s festival was originally scheduled for the weekend of July 10. Most in-person summer events have been canceled or transitioned to virtual editions because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The past few months have been extremely challenging for small businesses,” said Rudy Flores, executive director of the chamber. “As more events are going virtual, we knew bringing Square Roots online was a chance to continue a neighborhood tradition while supporting and celebrating local nonprofits and small businesses all from the comfort of home.”

The organizers are asking people to donate online to support the Old Town School’s financial aid programs and the chamber’s farmers markets, small business programs and neighborhood beautification projects.

Additionally, from Sunday to Aug. 29 people can purchase special packages from area restaurants, shops and breweries, including Begyle Brewing, Dovetail Brewing, Twisted Hippo Brewing, Half Acre, Luella’s Southern Kitchen, Amy’s Candy Bar, Urban Pooch and Timeless Toys. Learn more on the festival’s website.

The organizers also created a Spotify playlist to showcase this year’s lineup.

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