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Chicago Video Production, Editing, Photography, Live Performance: Bitter Jester Creative
Bitter Jester Creative
838 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035     847.433.8660

Chicago Video Production
since 2001


The 9th Annual Bitter Jester® Battle of the Bands!

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All Friday Night Battles begin at 8:30 pm at Port Clinton Square, 600 Central Avenue in Highland Park, IL. Free samples from Frost Gelato will be available every Friday!

The Grand Finale Concert begins at 6:00 pm at Wolters Field, 1080 Park Avenue West in Highland Park, IL. Luke’s of Lake Bluff and Frost Gelato will be on hand selling an awesome array of food, drinks, and gelato!

Note that bands are listed in alphabetical order. Performance order will be determined day-of.

Friday Grand Finale, July 4:

Friday Night Battle, June 27:

  • Avocado Baptism (Highland Park) — 2012 Grand Champions and 2013 Runners-Up!
  • Havenway (Lake Villa, Round Lake Beach, Spring Grove) — New Competitor!
  • R102 (Deerfield) — Returning Competitor!
  • Sam Poll (Highland Park) — 2013 Semi-Finalist!
  • Xazz (Highland Park) ***WINNER***Returning Competitor!

Friday Night Battle, June 20:

  • Bloody Mary (Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Carol Stream, West Chicago) — New Competitor!
  • Fruitful Dave (Skokie, Winnetka, Evanston, Lincolnwood) — Returning Competitor!
  • The Ska-lers (Northbrook) — 2013 Honorable Mention (3rd Place) Band!
  • Trending Rex (Vernon Hills, Libertyville) ***WINNER***New Competitor!
  • Amateur HourNon-Competing Showcase Band!

Friday Night Battle, June 13:

  • Meryl Rudy (Highland Park) — New Competitor!
  • Rebelmann (Glen Ellyn) — New Competitor!
  • Saint Nicholas Cage (Northbrook, Glenview) ***WINNER***New Competitor!
  • Van Buren & Wells (Lincolnshire, Mundelein) — 2013 Grand Champions!
  • Vinyl Surprise (Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills) — Non-Competing Showcase Band!

Friday Night Battle, June 6:

Please Note:

  • All Friday Night Battles are RAIN OR SHINE. Bring earplugs if it looks like rain as we will be in a more enclosed area.
  • Judges will select one winner each Friday night, and Bitter Jester Creative will select one Wild Card Band to advance to the Semi-Finals on the 4th of July. The Wild Card Band will be chosen from the all of the remaining bands and will be announced on Sunday, June 29. The Wild Card Band will be eligible for all prizes but will not receive a $50 Friday Night Battle prize.
  • Bands are not listed in performance order; that will be determined day-of.