The Dave Matthews Band Caravan rolls up on the Southeast Side

July 8, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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The Dave Matthews Band Caravan has taken over the former site of US Steel on the Far Southeast Side.

The Dave Matthews Band Caravan rolled into Chicago Friday, adding yet another festival to Chicago’s hectic summer schedule. But many people have been surprised by where they pulled up - the former site of U.S. Steel on the city's far Southeast Side.

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Although there are plans to develop an area that boasts nearly 600 acres of lakefront land with panoramic views of downtown, before the caravan arrived it was little more than gravel and mud. To discuss why the caravan opted for a site that has never held a concert before and what this could mean for the Southeast Side and the future of festivals in Chicago, Eight Forty-Eight's Richard Steele was joined by Jim DeRogatis, WBEZ’s music critic and host of Sound Opinions.

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