Sacred Rose will make its debut on August 26th–28th, 2022 at SeatGeek Stadium just outside Chicago with an eclectic lineup headed by PHILCO (Phil Lesh & Friends ft. Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy and Nels Cline), KhruangbinThe War On DrugsJoe Russo’s Almost Dead, and more.

The new festival, produced by some of the same minds behind long-running events North CoastSummer Camp Music Festival, and Suwannee Hulaween, will present three genre-specific stages ranging from jam bands to indie rock and jazz to American roots—all styles with devoted followings and vibrant artist communities that approach live music as something sacred.

Australian jazz-funk quartet Hiatus Kaiyote has always captured an air of elevated, otherworldly significance. Drifting between elegant soundscapes tailor-made for philosophical introspection and enthralling grooves crafted to move live crowds, the band’s music is consistently made with deference to the creative and spiritual Muses, whatever they may be. It’s no wonder, then, that the work of singer/guitarist Nai Palm, bassist Paul Bender, keyboardist Simon Mavin, and drummer Perrin Moss has itself inspired many of today’s most influential artists: Haitus Kaiyote songs have been sampled by the likes of Kendrick LamarAnderson .PaakDrakeJay-Z Beyoncé, and more.

To get fans into the right headspace for the group’s performance at Sacred Rose on Sunday, August 28th, Hiatus Kaiyote has compiled a playlist of “sacred” songs. “We blended together songs that all represented ‘sacred’ music to us,” the band explained. “Music that deserves reverence…and some of the more ethereal cuts from our own catalogue.”

Hiatus Kaiyote pulls from around the globe and across the stylistic spectrum in pursuit of that largely intangible quality. Pleasant piano compositions by an Ethiopian nun (Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou‘s “Homesickness, Pt. 1”), Peter Schmalfuss‘s take on lauded French composer Claude Debussy‘s “Suite bergamasque, L.75: III. Clair de lune”, trance-like pipe organ drones (Kali Malone‘s “Sacrificial Code I”), ambient electronic odysseys (Aphex Twin‘s “#3”, Brian Eno and Harold Budd‘s “An Arc of Doves”), dreamy contemporary R&B (serpentwithfeet‘s “four ethers”), 20th-century poets (Jim Morrison‘s “Bird of Prey”) and various perspectives on avant-garde jazz line the three-hour compilation. Homegrown pieces also find their way into the queue in the form of Nai Palm’s “Homebody” and a live version of Hiatus Kaiyote’s lucid dream “Prince Minikid”.

Channel the sacred with the Hiatus Kaiyote “Sacred Music” playlist on Spotify here or stream it via the player below.

Hiatus Kaiyote’s “Sacred Music” Playlist

The new event is primed to serve as a summer touring highlight for each of the scores of artists on the bill. As Hiatus Kaiyote explained of the coming performance at Sacred Rose, the band’s first show in the Windy City market in five years, “We’re not exactly in Chicago but close enough, and Chi-Town fans have always been some of our loudest and longest supporters, so we’re definitely going to bring it. …We’ll have our amazing backing vocalists and visuals from Timeboy. We’ll be playing heaps of tunes from Mood Valiant, as well as some flips of older tracks and a couple of newbies you’ve never heard.”

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The diverse list of artists set to perform at Sacred Rose 2022 also includes Black Pumas, Umphrey’s McGee, Goose, STS9, Greensky Bluegrass, The Disco Biscuits, Kamasi Washington, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Punch Brothers, Dawes, Animal Collective, The Wood Brothers, City and Colour, Yves Tumor, Lettuce, Moon Taxi, Cory Wong, Lotus, and The Infamous Stringdusters featuring Molly Tuttle. Margo Price and Kanika Moore (Doom Flamingo) will serve as artists-at-large throughout the weekend.

“In 2018 when we shifted North Coast from a multi-genre festival to a fully electronic music event, we started dreaming up Sacred Rose and what it could mean for fans of Americana, Psych-rock, Jam, Indie, Soul, Funk, and Bluegrass,” said Sacred Rose Founder Michael Berg. “Sacred Rose is the first festival of its kind in our area, and we’re so proud to deliver a special experience for our fans who have been patiently waiting for a lineup like this for a long time.”

Offering fans more than just a weekend packed with music, Sacred Rose will host both local food vendors and festival staples, an extensive list of beverage options including special Sacred Rose cocktails exclusively sold at the event, and large-scale interactive art installations spread over the seven astroturf fields on the newly renovated SeatGeek Stadium grounds.

Various single-day and three-day GA and VIP ticket options for the inaugural Sacred Rose festival on August 26th, 27th, and 28th are on sale now. See below for the full weekend schedule.


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