Flatts & Sharpe will host its second ever music festival July 10. Credit: Flatts & Sharpe

ROGERS PARK — Flatts & Sharpe Music Company will hold its second music festival Saturday in Rogers Park.

The Flatts & Sharpe Music Festival will take place noon-10 p.m. Saturday on Columbia Avenue east of Sheridan Road. The event will include a full day of music performances plus 10 vendors, with musical acts and vendors being from the neighborhood. There will be a $10 suggested donation at the door.

Flatts & Sharpe, 6749 N. Sheridan Road, has been around since 1976, but it held its first music festival in 2019. Owner Chris Bell had previous experience putting on “world music festivals” in the area and decided to host a similar event for her music shop.

“There’s so many amazing musicians here,” Bell said. “As a music store, we have access to a lot them. I said, ‘We’re a music shop, let’s get some rock-and-roll in the streets.'”

Flatts & Sharpe is joining with Oasis Tavern to be the beverage provider for the fest. There isn’t a food vendor at the fest, so attendees are encouraged to patronize local eateries on Sheridan, Bell said.

The vendors will be local artisans, and every band in the lineup has at least one member who lives in Rogers Park, Bell said. The fest will be headlined by Black Angus, an AC/DC cover band, and The Saps, a local act returning from a four-year hiatus.

The lineup is child-friendly during the day, with Flatts & Sharpe’s children’s bands and other family-friendly acts headlining the daytime. After 4 p.m., the event has more of an adult, street-fest vibe, Bell said.

Flatts & Sharpe’s music fest will be one of the first major public events in Rogers Park since the city has mostly reopened from he pandemic. It’s is also one of the first gigs for some of the bands in more than a year, Bell said.

Providing a means of entertainment and a gig for local musicians is important, she said.

“It has been a long year for some of these musicians and vendors,” Bell said. “Getting everyone back together, that’s a huge deal.”

For more information on the event, click here.

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