The Best Festival in Someone Else's Backyard

The Best Festival in Someone Else's Backyard

The 6th Annual DZ Fest is here!
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DZ Fest is an amazing DIY festival held annually in Hickory Hills, a southwest suburb of Chicago. The two-day long music and arts festival features prominent bands from Chicago and the greater Midwest. The Fest is unlike any other, catering to local talent with 2 stages and 40 bands playing a backyard show in the wooded suburbs.

DZ Fest is the product of artist, musician, and audio engineer Ben Arguelles who runs the recording studio DZ Records out of his home. In addition to being a recording studio, DZ Records also functions as a music venue and home base for the podcast Friends with Music (a podcast featuring live music and interviews with local and international bands). Ben is assisted by a team of volunteers, from audio engineers to musicians, photographers, and videographers who passionately believe in promoting music and building a community.

DZ Fest is a musical event you do not want to miss! In addition to the live music, DZ Fest features an extensive merchandise tent where each band will have music for sale in addition to special, limited edition DZ merch. DZ also promotes the visual arts. Artists from all over will have their artwork available at DZ Fest and all profits will go directly to the selling artists. DZ Fest draws a crowd, so you can expect a visitation by Henry's Tacos available by food truck on the street. They have you covered for all-day comfort, free water bottles will be provided for everyone and porta-potties will be available for attendees to use.

This year is special in that the DZ film crew will be filming/photographing for the DZ Fest 2017 documentary.

(Please note by entering DZ Fest, you are allowing yourself to be filmed/photographed by the crew).




DZ FEST 2017 LINEUP:

DAY ONE: Saturday, July 8th



Doors open: 11:30 am.



Stage Z - 12:00 pm - Afterglows



Stage D - 12:30 pm - Nimrod



Stage Z - 1:00 pm - Orange Dilemma



Stage D - 1:30 pm - Sonny Falls



Stage Z - 2:00 pm - Terroir



Stage D - 2:30 pm - Diagonal



Stage Z - 3:00 pm - Rathammer



Stage D - 3:30 pm - Baby Money



Stage Z - 4:00 pm - Boss Fight



Stage D - 4:30 pm - BlackGlass



Stage Z - 5:00 pm - Bubbles Brown



Stage D - 5:30 pm - Fox and the Acres



Stage Z - 6:00 pm - Lung



Stage D - 6:30 pm - Safespace



Stage Z - 7:00 pm - Bigjoy



Stage D - 7:30 pm - Post Child



Stage Z - 8:00 pm - Them Dead Poets



Stage D - 8:30 pm - The Roalde Dahls



Stage Z - 9:00 pm - Bad Bad Meow



Stage D - 9:45 pm - The Peekaboos



Last band ends at 10:30 pm


Ends at 11:00 pm



DAY TWO: Sunday, July 9th



Doors open: 11:30 am.



Stage Z - 12:00 pm - Fauvely



Stage D - 12:30 pm - Other Suns



Stage Z - 1:00 pm - Impulsive Hearts



Stage D - 1:30 pm - Harvey Fox



Stage Z - 2:00 pm - Bev Rage and the Drinks



Stage D - 2:30 pm - Lettucehead



Stage Z - 3:00 pm - Lever



Stage D - 3:30 pm - Romancoke



Stage Z - 4:00 pm - John Till



Stage D - 4:30 pm - Beastii



Stage Z - 5:00 pm - mtvghosts



Stage D - 5:30 pm - Kodakrome



Stage Z - 6:00 pm - Grandkids



Stage D - 6:30 pm - Bora Bora



Stage Z - 7:00 pm - Candy Ambulance



Stage D - 7:30 pm - Matthew McNeal



Stage Z - 8:00 pm - Black Bear Rodeo



Stage D - 8:30 pm - The Cell Phones



Stage Z - 9:00 pm - Tara Terra



Stage D - 9:45 pm - Está Vivo



Last band ends at 10:30 pm



Ends at 11:00 pm








If you do come out to DZ Fest 2017, please follow a few ground rules:

- No outside bags allowed. (Purses are fine.)
- No dogs allowed.

- Please be respectful of the bands and crew, the property, the neighborhood and DZ Fest.

DZ FEST IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN PROPERTY.

The music festival is held at:

8548 S 85th Ct.

Hickory Hills, Illinois, 60457


Hope to see you there!


Stay tuned for a follow-up article on the events of this weekend! I will be doing a profile on Ben Arguelles later in the month.

Cover Image Credit: pixabay.com

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.
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The last 3-4 weeks of every college student’s semester are always crazy hectic. We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best.

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.


3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.


6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.


7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in 2 days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.


13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.


14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.


You're finally back to your old self.

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12 Classics That All College Students Should Read

Reading is important — yet many people forget about books.

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These are the classics that I think all college students should read.

1. "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger

This classic by J.D. Salinger is a staple for many high school kids. Yet, I believe college students should revisit this novel, as it's a great portrayal of adolescence.

2. "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Love him or hate him, Jay Gatsby is one of literature's most recognizable characters. "The Great Gatsby" is a tragic story of a man stuck in the past, and a grim warning of the empty happiness money buys.

3. "The Time Machine" by H.G. Wells

H.G. Wells was far beyond his time. His novel, "The Time Machine," explores what would happen if time-travelling could happen. It's both an evocative and frightening tale, full of important philosophical questions.

4. "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde 

This novel is about the degradation of Dorian Gray, and his descent into depravity. It showcases one of the greatest character declines in literature. By the end, Dorian Gray finds his life to be empty, his hedonistic lifestyle pointless.

5. "Norwegian Wood" by Haruki Murakami 

Haruki Murakami is famous for his surreal novels. "Norwegian Wood" follows a college student in Japan, as he navigates life after a tragedy. It's both beautiful yet melancholy. If nothing else, it'll get you listening to the Beatles' Norwegian Wood.

6. "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte 

I consider "Jane Eyre" to be one of the first feminist novels. It's a fantastic Gothic novel about an independent and strong woman — Jane Eyre — who meets the mysterious Mr. Rochester. It's more than a romance — it's a commentary on Victorian societal expectations of women, with Jane representing objection to it.

7. "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

This novel is a beautiful story about a girl in Nazi Germany. Liesel Meminger knows the importance of books, and uses her knowledge and kindness to save a Jewish refugee. It's a poignant novel that expresses the importance of literature and books.

8. Any Sherlock Holmes mystery by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

If you've watched the Sherlock series with Benedict Cumberbatch, then you should definitely give the novels a go. The mysteries are exciting and intriguing, despite their old age.

9. "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens

This is one of my absolute favorites novels. It follows a young boy named Pip, who befriends a beggar, meets the depraved Miss Havisham, and falls in love with unattainable Estella. This novel is at once a bildungsroman and a tragedy.

10.  "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov 

This controversial novel by Vladimir Nobokov follows the perspective of Humbert Humbert, a depraved man who falls in love with 12-year-old Lolita. Nobokov showcases his mastery of the English language, while writing a depraved and tragic story following two terrible people.

11.  "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

Perhaps one of the most famous novels of all time, "Pride and Prejudice" stands the test of time by showing how two outwardly opposite and contrary people can come together and form an amazing love. It's about accepting one's flaws and getting to know people beyond surface level.

12.  "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque

This is a fantastic novel that depicts the absolute horrors of war, particularly World War I. If this doesn't enlighten you about the realities and horrors of war, then no book will.

Reading is important as it broadens one's horizon. Literature is one of the greatest inventions of mankind.

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