AVONDALE — Chicago has no shortage of major music festivals, but how many of them go heavy on heavy metal? Even Riot Fest caters more to punks than heshers.
The good news for fans of blast beats and power chords is that Chicago is about to get a little more headbanger-friendly, just in time for Halloween.
Starting Saturday, the first Heavy Chicago festival will bring an eclectic lineup of metal and hardcore bands to Avondale Music Hall, the midsized concert venue at 3336 N. Milwaukee Ave. Headliners of the inaugural event include Chicago’s own doom pioneers Trouble, bluesy metal lifers Corrosion of Conformity and thrash legends Dirty Rotten Imbeciles (or D.R.I.), currently touring in celebration of their 40th anniversary.
The stacked bill of local and national acts has been stretched across three nights and two weekends, with bands scheduled to play this Saturday, as well as Nov. 4 and Nov. 5. Many of the featured artists haven’t performed in Chicago in years — or, in the case of Repulsion, decades. Heavy Chicago will be the only live appearance by the “grandfathers of grindcore” in 2023.
Heavy Chicago kicks off Saturday at Avondale Music Hall and also runs Nov. 4-5. Tickets are $35-$45 for a single-day ticket or $100 for a three-day pass. For more information, visit the event website.