Local concert promoters Jam Productions and the Midwest office of the giant national conglomerate Ticketmaster/Live Nation will hold a press conference on Thursday morning to announce "a three-day multi-stage artist festival scheduled for this summer"--the Dave Matthews Band Caravan--on the Far South Side, apparently at or near South Works, the former lakefront location of the United States Steel Corporation.
Will this be a South Chicago, jam-oriented, considerably less scenic answer to Grant Park's Lollapalooza? And is that a good thing or a bad thing for the neighborhood and for the city's festival-glutted summer music scene?
We'll reserve judgement until the details are out. But two of the area's aldermen, Sandi Jackson of the 7th Ward and John Pope of the 10th, are slated to speak at the 10 a.m. press event, which indicates city approval for the plan. They'll share the platform with representatives of Jam, Live Nation, and developers McCaffery Interests at their Lakeside Marketing Center.