LOGAN SQUARE — This year’s Logan Square Arts Festival may be canceled, but the organizers are still bringing live music to the neighborhood this summer.
In place of the fest, the organizers are putting on a series of free pop-up shows at Mozart Park and Kosciuszko Park. The series, called SPARK, includes four shows over the course of the summer.
The first show is set for July 8 at Mozart Park at 2036 N. Avers Ave. House DJ Matt Warren will spin tunes beginning at 6 p.m., and the all-women Afro-Puerto Rican group Las BomPleneras Unplugged will take the stage at 8 p.m.
Both Warren and Las BomPleneras Unplugged have played the Logan Square Arts Festival in past years. Organizer Geary Yonker said that’s true of most of the acts they’re booking for the series, which was named SPARK to “keep the spark of the festival alive.”
“We’re trying to give people … a taste of what the festival is every year, but on a much smaller basis,” Yonker said.
Unlike the fest, which brims with food and drink options and features a bevy of vendors and makers, the SPARK shows will just be about the music.
“It’s just bring a blanket, bring your beverage of choice and a picnic basket, and watch live music,” Yonker said.
Fest organizers canceled the Logan Square Arts Festival this past spring for the second year in a row because of the pandemic. It would have been the fest’s 12th year.
“We just think it’s best to take another year off and come back in 2022 stronger than ever,” festival co-chair Billy Helmkamp said in March.
Organizers have every intention of bringing the fest back next summer once they’ve deemed it safe, Yonker said. Until then, neighbors can enjoy live music at events that allow for social distancing “to the degree people feel comfortable with,” Yonker said.
“It’s just trying to create a safe, fun, positive thing in the community where everyone can come and enjoy some free music in the park,” Yonker said.
For a full lineup, visit the fest’s website.
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