Monday, September 3, 2018
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free an open to the public! Five bands from our Grand Finale Concert on July 4 plus a Featured Solo Performer will be selected by Navy Pier and the Bitter Jester Foundation for the Arts to perform in the “Best Of The Bitter Jester Music Festival” on Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018 at Navy Pier’s Miller Lite Beer Garden. Stay tuned for more updates!
The Bitter Jester Foundation for the Arts, NFP (BJFA) was established to produce live music and theatrical productions of new and classic works as well as other forms of literary/performing/media/audio/visual arts and other forms of entertainment. BJFA works with youth, specifically teens, to help build their confidence and experiences through art, especially music performance and original composition. BJFA also works to strengthen the arts, support emerging artists of all ages, and encourage persons to enter the arts by providing scholarships and grants to fine and applied arts students.
BJFA promotes the benefits of the arts to the general public. Specific programs include the 20-year-old Comic Thread sketch comedy troupe, the 13-year-old Bitter Jester Music Festival for youth across the Midwest, and the 12-year-old Purple Shirts ensemble, performing live written works for private functions. Future programs include the Bitter Jester Theatre Company to produce the original work of emerging Chicago playwrights and LaughLab, a behind-the-scenes podcast on how comedy is built. Partnerships include the City of Highland Park, IL (supporting the Bitter Jester Music Festival), Navy Pier (hosting Best Of showcase concerts of Music Festival winners), Ravinia (providing donated concert tickets for Music Fest winners & audience members), and many others! BJFA is supported, in part, by a grant from YEA! Highland Park.
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