And what better way to ring in the holiday this weekend than with a thirty-piece marching band from Chicago? The incredible, instrument-wielding force that is Mucca Pazza (Italian for ‘crazy cow’) will be making a what-else-but-grand appearance at both the Tour de Fat bicycle festival in Humboldt Park in Bay View at 3 p.m. and also at 6 p.m. for the 3rd annual PBR Block Party with Call Me Lightning, White Mystery and Def Harmonic this Saturday, July 3rd, which takes place outside of Burnhearts in Bay View [12 p.m. – 9 p.m. ]. Check out the above video for a great AV clue-in.
The band might files themselves as a “punk circus marching band” or “nerd-core/nerd corps”, but don’t let the sheer spectacle or the nerd guise get in the way of the musicianship: these folks can play anything from trombones, accordions, saxophones, sousaphones, various percussion and more, and play it well (they even have their own cheerleaders!). Group leader Mark Messing [sousaphone] formed the group in 2004, which has since performed in the Chicago area and beyond, performing Balkan-brass, covers of 60’s television show themes and classical numbers from composers such as Shostakovich.
Both Tour de Fat and the PBR Block party take place Saturday, July 3rd. Click above links for more info/schedules. Also playing the side stage at the PBR block party are: Chris DeMay with Allen Cote, Justin Rolbiecki of The Vega Star, Jason Mohr of Juniper Tar, Lisa Gatewood and Mark Waldoch of the Celebrated Workingman.