The Bitter Jester Music Festival is Chicagoland’s largest professional “battle” competition for teenaged musicians. It supports and promotes young and emerging talent from across Chicagoland, Indiana, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Battles take place every Friday night in June at Port Clinton Square in Downtown Highland Park. Food and drink vendors are on hand all night long, so come hungry!
Judges pick one band each Friday to advance to the Grand Finale Concert on July 4. Winning bands are selected by professional and celebrity judges and then eight semi-finalist bands compete against each other on the 4th of July for over $20,000 in cash and other prizes and the chance to be named the 2018 Grand Champion!