Back Lot Bash 2013

BACKLOT2013In 2004, a female-centric Chicago phenomenon was born. Amy Klujian and Christina Wiesmore combined their skills to create Back Lot Bash, the largest women’s pride party in the midwest. What started as a small two day event has now grown into a four day experience. With the variety of musicians, comedians, DJs, and hosts, most women in the LGBTQ community will find something to love. Also, unlike the current pride trend, Back Lot continually books queer or queer-friendly acts. Here’s a rundown of this year’s Back Lot Bash highlights:

Friday we’ll rock out like typical lesbians with an all acoustic set. Be sure to come early enough to catch Martha Berner who’s uplifting “Where Does The Day Go” will start you off with a smile. Jen Foster lends her deep alto to the mix with the romantic tune “I believe in This Love“. Edie Carey’s song “Violently” begins the car theme with imagery of reckless and dangerous love. The iconic Melissa Ferric headlines the night (and you know you’re all hoping she plays “Drive”). Local celesbian Courtney Jackson hosts this set.

The newest Back Lot Bash set is Baby and Family Day on Saturday morning/afternoon. A variety of kid-specific musical performances and readings will keep the little ones mesmerized. Other family-fun activities include a craft corner, face painting, family photos, and much more.

Saturday night will sure to be a night filled full of dancing, rock, and drinking games. The Real L Word stars Whitney Mixter and Sara Bettencourt host the biggest night of the party. Local favorites Girlband will begin the night with their original renditions of familiar rock and pop songs. Student Body continues the party with both covers and costumes. A Back Lot staple, Dot Dot Dot will close the night, with a mix of raucous covers and originals. With Rose jamming the lead guitar and Little Lisa driving the bass it’s easy to have an instant lezcrush. Although the ladies will come forward to sing lead on occasion, Adam keeps you moving with both his stage presence and his energetic voice. At some point in the evening Wake Up Call Tees will stage a fashion show. DJ Teri Bristol will mix beats between sets. Lastly, but certainly not least, The L Stop will host some drinking games.

Sunday will help you keep the energy going with a full DJ dance set. Comedians Catlin Bergh and Ever Mainard will host. Their humor in-between sets will be enough to help you laugh the hangover away. J. Worra will pick you up with some explosive beats. Winner of Back Lot Bash’s DJ contest, DJ All The Way Kay, is an L Stop favorite that will spin familiar tunes you can sing along with. Take a break while listening to the Gina Glocksen Band’s sultry lyrics in her first single “Superhero.” Uh Huh Her, made up of Camila Grey and The L Word veteran Leisha Hailey (Alice Pieszecki). They close the night with a special DJ set.

Here’s the full schedule:

905505_10200974117456236_1590350240_oFriday: Sunset Concert – Acoustic Evening
(Behind Cheetah Gym, 5238 N. Clark St.)

$20 at the door (see below for advance sales)
Doors open at 5PM
Hosted by Courtney Jackson
6PM – Martha Berner
7PM – Jen Foster
8PM – Edie Carey
9PM – Melissa Ferrick

Saturday: Back Lot Baby & Family Day
(Behind Cheetah Gym, 5238 N. Clark St.)
$5/Adult, $2/Child (Kids under 2 years old are free)
11AM – 3PM
Music by Laura Doherty and The Dream Tree Shakers
Reading by Gina Restivo and Brian Addison & Zac Rybacki
Other entertainment includes: Craft corner, face painting, family photos, hula hoops, hopscotch, food, and other family fun.

(Behind Cheetah Gym, 5238 N. Clark St.)
$15 at the door (see below for advance sales)
Doors open at 3PM
Hosted by Whitney Mixter & Sara Bettencourt
Fashion Show by Wakeup Call Tees
Beats by DJ Teri Bristol
Doors open at 3PM
5PM – Girlband
6PM – The Student Body
8PM – Dot Dot Dot

(Behind Cheetah Gym, 5238 N. Clark St.)
$10 at the door (see below for advance sales)
Doors open at 3PM
Hosted by Caitlin Bergh & Ever Mainard
J. Worra
DJ All the Way Kay
Gina Glocksen Band
Uh Huh Her Exclusive DJ Set

Check out our pictures of last year’s Back Lot Bash:

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About Tina

A transplant from the snow and mountains of Upstate NY (why, yes, there IS an entire state above NYC!), Tina moved to Chicago in 2005. Since then, she’s taken full advantage of Chicago’s sports scene, participating in rugby, volleyball, and hockey – just to name a few. Her first love, however, is soccer. She's proud to have participated in both the 2006 and 2010 Gay Games as well as the 2009 Out Games. In addition to sports, Tina enjoys traveling (she tries to cross the atlantic at least once a year). Tina is a ‘Jackie of all trades’, so prepare for the unexpected!


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