Pitchfork is finally here! Apart from the killer lineups, one of my favorite things about Pitchfork is that Chicago’s own Goose Island has been getting in on the fun the past couple of years and brewed a special beer with an artist. 2017’s collaboration has them partnered with S U R V I V E, the synthwave duo you may recognize from the Stranger Things soundtrack. The band recently released their second LP in September and will be hitting the stage on Saturday night at Pitchfork.
Together, Goose Island and S U R V I V E brewed GI5-5538, a red Red Pale Ale. The beer was inspired by S U R V I V E’s home state of Texas and features hints of blood orange and grapefruit. If you’re confused about the seemingly coded name, GI5-5538, you’re not alone! However, the name is very telling:
- GI5 –> Goose Island’s 5th collaboration with Pitchfork
- 55 –> 5.5% ABV
- 38 –> the beer’s IBU rating (International Bitterness Units scale)
The name of the beer also matches the format of a record’s catalog number and S U R V I V E’s previous albums (Mnq026, HD009, and RR7349). According to Adam Jones of S U R V I V E,
“Teaming up with Goose Island to make our own beer for Pitchfork was fun. We’re stoked that GI5-5538 is the official beer at the festival, and we think our fans are going to like drinking it. I think it’s pretty damn good.”
GI5-5538 will be on draft at Pitchfork Festival, as well as select Chicago bars for a limited time, so make sure you get out and try it!
Late, late Friday night/early Saturday morning, those at Schubas Tavern were treated to the musical stylings of Bayonne (Roger Sellers) as part of a Pitchfork aftershow .
When his equipment was getting set up, it looked a lot to me like it was going to be a DJ set, despite the fact that he is adamant about the fact that he is not a DJ. When Bayonne took the stage, I was curious to see how he would manage all the equipment at the same time. I decided pretty quickly into the set that Bayonne was NOT a DJ, but I also didn’t know where he fit on the music spectrum. He seems to be something entirely different and new, and I had a hard time focusing on the fact that I was supposed to be taking pictures, not starting with my mouth open at what was happening on stage.
Bayonne was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. The one-man show kept me captivated throughout the entire set, which seemed to go by unusually fast. What an eccentric mind he has! I would love to live in his head for a day to see if it works like everyone else’s. I have a sneaky feeling that he sees in sounds and hears in colors, and that he experiences life a lot different from the rest of us. The setlist was fluid, with one song running into another. Sellers would occasionally stop to say something funny to the crowd, but apart from that, he was in his own world doing what he does best. His songs are unique, his dance moves are quirky, and he has the voice of an angel.
If you missed him this time around, make sure you see him next time he’s in Chicago. It will be quite the experience!
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WHO: Click here for lineup information by day/stage/time
- For list of food vendors click here.
WHEN: July 17-19
- Gates open at 3:00pm on Friday (will call at 1:00), and noon on Saturday and Sunday (will call at 11:00)
WHERE: Union Park (Randolph & Ogden)
- Main gate is on Ashland between Washington and Lake