With the ridiculous amount of high profile festivals that pop up every Summer/Fall in Chicago it’s easy to forget that one the best comes every January.

Now in its fifth year, Chicago Psych Fest has been bringing together some of the best local psychedelic, experimental, and “out-there” music the city has to offer. This year the fest has expanded from two days to three, making it the biggest one yet.


For those that follow the Chicago psych scene (or this weekly feature) there will be plenty of familiar names among this year’s lineup. You might recall our review of the jazz-psych masterpiece Catalytic Conversion by Crown Larks, who will get the festival started this year, along with experimental psych-folk band The Humminbird.

Other notable acts include Verma, Outer Minds, and Variety Lights just to name a few. The fantastic funk-psych stylings of Velcro Lewis Group are not to be missed either. Their latest album Open The Sky came out last October and is filled with deep-cuts that will get you moving.

Music aside, a festival would not be complete without beer. Chicago favorite, Goose Island, answered the call and will be serving a special “psych brew” beer in honor of the event. Adding to the psychedelic sounds and brews will be some trippy light shows courtesy of brownshoesonly and a slew of DJ sets in between acts.

Here are the nightly lineups:

Thursday, January 23rd | 8 p.m.
Mako Sica
Energy Gown
Crown Larks
The Humminbird

Friday, January 24th | 9 p.m.
Outer Minds
Killer Moon
Underground Symposium

Saturday, January 25th | 8 p.m.
Variety Lights
Velcro Lewis Group
Unmanned Ship
Red Deer Cave People

Psych Fest V will take place this Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 23-25, at The Hideout (1354 W Wabansia). You can save a few bucks by grabbing a three-day pass for $25 otherwise tickets are $10 per day. All three nights are 21+.

Be sure to RSVP to the event on Facebook and give CPF’s official Facebook page a “Like” while you’re at it.

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