FRI July 11: 3pm-10pm
SAT July 12: 12pm-10pm
SUN July 13: 12pm-9pm

Bub City is proud to announce the second annual "Windy City Smokeout,” taking place July 11th-13th. This summer festival will bring together the best of live country music, beer and BBQ to downtown Chicago.

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Lineup changed due to weather. Please check below.


Brett Eldredge - 8PM

Thompson - 6PM

Lacy - 4PM


Randy Rogers Band - 6PM

Josh Abbott Band - 4PM

Fowler - 8PM

Anderson - 2PM


Eli Young Band - 7PM

Rice - 5PM

Billy - 3PM

Lyons - 1PM


Country up-and-comer Brett Eldredge, the Illinois native with a soulful, distinctive baritone, has had quite the year. With a Country Music Association Awards’ nomination for “New Artist of the Year,” his single “Don’t Ya” climbing to No. 1 on the country charts, new single “Beat of the Music” most added at radio in its first week and debut album Bring You Back having just released on August 6 on Atlantic Records, Eldredge is finally getting the chance to share a story of his own. It’s during his high-energy performances that Eldredge says he feels the most alive – as Taylor Swift fans discovered last spring when he opened 19 dates on the superstar’s The RED Tour. And when Bring You Back hit stores in August, it was in many ways the culmination of a journey that started with a little kid, a big voice, and a story to tell – and in many ways, says Eldredge, it’s just the beginning.



Thompson’s live shows have earned him a solid fan base and gained him plenty of respect from those other acts that dared to follow him – including Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Justin Moore and Skynyrd, all of whom have taken Thompson on the road. Turn It Up backs up the ferocity of those shows, but also reignites the momentum he established in the recording part of his job.

Thompson’s debut album, Way Out Here, brought him Top 20 singles with the amped-up “Beer On The Table” and the prideful title track. Adding to the rebel brand of his musical predecessors, Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr., Thompson’s album went Top 10 and made him an instant contender for stardom. He wrote and recorded a stellar, more personal follow-up project, but just as it was ready for the marketplace, the label went through a series of back-room changes that undercut his momentum. Both sides ultimately agreed it was best to shake hands and call it a day – Thompson took possession of the masters, and that project suddenly becomes a mysterious piece of his back story that is destined to emerge at some future point.

Fresh is a good word for it. Turn It Up connects with the rowdy tone of Way Out Here, but it subtly incorporates new sonic elements – pulsing electronic sounds, an old-school clavinet, drum-machine beats and a gang vocal or two. But not so many that they overwhelm the core of the songs.



As one of the frontmen for the Shawn & Hobby Band, Shawn Lacy has the pleasure of performing roughly over 250 shows in a year.  You can always find him performing in Nashville, primarily in the city’s downtown entertainment district on Broadway at iconic Honky Tonk venues.  Shawn has had the joy of sharing stages with legendary performers Merle Haggard, David Allen Coe, Phil Vassar, and Pat Green.  A documentary on the Shawn & Hobby Band just had its worldwide premiere at the Nashville Film Festival in 2010, which received a roaring applause.  Most recently, the band has returned to Nashville after a West Coast tour where they performed with rising country star Lee Brice, as well as filming new music videos for their newly recorded singles ‘Far From Home’ and ‘Down South’.



From an early age, music was an important part of Randy Rogers' life. Rogers was raised in Cleburne, Texas, and his great-grandmother taught him how to play the piano at age six; by 11 he was writing his own songs and learning chords on the guitar. After some time spent in a backing band, Rogers decided that he wanted to front his own group, and soon he and some friends from college formed the Randy Rogers Band, releasing their debut album, Live at Cheatham St. Warehouse, recorded at the bar of the same name in San Marcos, Texas, shortly after their first practice. In 2002, their first studio album, Like It Used to Be, came out, followed by 2004's Rollercoaster, which featured the by-then solidified lineup of Geoffrey Hill on guitar, Jon Richardson on bass, Brady Black on fiddle, and Les Lawless on drums. The next year, RRB released Live at Billy Bob's Texas and also signed to major-label Mercury Nashville, which issued Just a Matter of Time in 2006. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them alongside such artists as U2 and the Stones in its list of Top Ten Must-See Artists in the summer of 2007. They grossed $2.5 million in touring for the year, a staggering figure for a still-developing act. They also shared stages with Willie Nelson, the Eagles, Gary Allan, and Dierks Bentley. They followed that banner year by releasing a self-titled album produced by Radney Foster in 2008, followed by more extensive touring. They moved over to MCA Nashville for 2010's Burning the Day, which was produced by Paul Worley and preceded by the single "Too Late for Goodbye." Both the single and album performed well, with the latter peaking at eight on the Billboard charts.



Weeks before its Valentine’s Day release on iTunes, the Josh Abbott Band’s “Touch” was already well on its way toward being one of the most talked-about songs in Texas music of 2012. Granted, the hot-streak momentum of Abbott’s career had a lot to do with that. In the wake of the breakout success of “Oh, Tonight” (which climbed to No. 44 on Billboard’s country chart) and the title track from 2010’s regional smash “She’s Like Texas,” created a stir that reached all the way to music executives in Nashville and New York City. That set up pretty much any track that the 31-year-old singer-songwriter picked to be the lead single from his band’s much-anticipated third album nicely, ensuring it was bound to garner a fair amount of attention. But from the very first time it was played in concert or over the airwaves, it was clear that “Touch” had a lot more going for it than just good timing. From the erotic tension and release of its slow-burning verses and soaring chorus to the dramatic crescendo of fiddle and guitars at the outro, it’s a song that captures every ounce of the passion, talent, and vision that’s propelled the Josh Abbott Band to the forefront of the Texas music scene in record time. And as the rest of Small Town Family Dream proves convincingly, they’re here to stay.



Country-pop may have ruled the charts, but Kevin Fowler established himself impressively throughout Texas by making modest honky tonk-style country for regular folks. Raised in the West Texas town of Amarillo, the guitarist began his musical career on both drums and piano. He left Texas at age 20 for the bright lights of Los Angeles, where he studied music at the Guitar Institute of Technology. He returned to Texas soon after and settled in Austin, where he joined the hard rock band Dangerous Toys. Following this eye-opening stint, Fowler started his own Southern hard rock band, Thunderfoot. He soon came to the realization, however, that he couldn't shake his West Texas roots and gave up hard rock for country, the style of music he grew up with. By 2010, Fowler's profile had increased enough to attract major-label attention -- Lyric Street signed him in January but the label folded shortly afterward, with Fowler's contract transferring to Disney -- and he wound up with two solid hit singles later that year in "Beer Season" and "Pound Sign (#?*!)." Both singles were featured on Best Of...So Far, which appeared at the end of the year. In 2011, Fowler released his sixth studio album, Chippin' Away, featuring the single "“Hell Yeah, I Like Beer.”



Clayton Anderson is a singer, songwriter and performer from Bedford, Indiana, limestone country near Indiana University. Clayton cut his teeth playing college bars, frat parties, sorority parties, tailgates and any other type of party you care to name, in spaces large and small, from Michigan down to Georgia. If someone needed music to get the party started, Clayton and his band grabbed their instruments and obliged. Constant touring and grassroots promotion eventually led to playing much bigger parties, with Clayton sharing stages with everyone from Kenny Chesney to Corey Smith to Luke Bryan. He also won substantial spins on award winning commercial radio stations such as Cincinnati’s 105.1 the Bee, Indianapolis’s 97.1 Hank FM and Southern Indiana’s Hoosier Country 105, a feat virtually unheard of for an unsigned artist.



Fusing a young man's take on heartland rock with the tougher side of Texas country music and the cocky enthusiasm of alt-country firebrands, the Eli Young Band have become a potent draw in the Southwest on the strength of local airplay and extensive touring. The Eli Young Band's story began when Mike Eli and James Young both enrolled at the University of North Texas and found themselves sharing a dorm room as freshmen. Both played guitar, and the two new friends starting writing and singing songs together. Under the name Eli & Young, they began playing acoustic shows at local bars and coffeehouses, and in time they expanded the band into a full electric quartet with the addition of fellow students Jon Jones on bass and Chris Thompson on drums, thus giving rise to the Eli Young Band. The group's first album for Republic Records, Jet Black & Jealous, was released September 2008, with hit "When It Rains" and two other songs from the album, “Always the Love Songs" and “Radio Waves,“ becoming Top 40 smashes. The follow-up album, Life at Best, delivered another hit, the Liz Rose and Lee Brice-penned “Crazy Girl.”



Singer/songwriter Chase Rice has applied the words of his high school football coach, Bobby Poss, in a series of accomplishments that others merely contemplate – he’s been the starting linebacker for the University of North Carolina; a member of a NASCAR pit crew; a touring artist who sold out strings of venues across the country without a record company, a manager or a song on the radio; and a co-writer of a record-setting, many-times multi-platinum single, Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise.” There are few Nashville artists who can match Rice for his drive, his relentless energy and his confidence. And even fewer who are positioned as well to succeed.



Blackjack Billy is Rob Blackledge, Noll Billings, Jeff Coplan, Patrick Cornell, and Brad Cummings. The driving rhythms, rocking riffs, screaming harmonies and high octane live show have already established this country band as a must see act of 2013. In only their first year on the road, the boys have shared the stage with some of the all times greats ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The Doobie Brothers to Travis Tritt and Tracey Lawrence. Blackledge brings the Mississippi blues and soul to Billings’ southern rock country roots as they bounce back and forth on lead vocals, while Cornell’s driving bass and Coplan’s hard edge tasty guitar playing dominate the stage. Cummings holds it all down and drives the ship on the drums creating the unique sound of Blackjack Billy. Already successful songwriters penning hit songs for other artists, BjB has teamed up with industry veterans Doug Howard and Tony Conway in order to take their sound from the stage to your radio in 2013. The boys are out road-dogging every weekend and have already booked a full spring and summer tour schedule as they continue building their army of fans.



Elizabeth Lyons is an independent new country artist who released her debut Elizabeth Lyons EP (all six songs co-written by Lyons) on November 11, 2012. The EP charted #42 on the national country album iTunes charts in less than 24 hours, remained in the top 200 for a week, and continues to remain on the iTunes charts.  Her music is a blend of tough-girl Southern sass meets catchy pop songstress. Elizabeth captivates all those around her with her infectious smile, contagious energy, and unassuming charm. A true standout artist with an established fan base, her EP has been very well-received on iTunes. One reviewer gushed, “Watch out Taylor. This album defines fresh new talent.”





Re-Entry/Ins & Outs & Wristband Policy

Re-entry is allowed. Please get your hand stamped before exiting.

3-day passes

Tickets are scanned once per day. Please keep a hold of your ticket for the entire fest. For lost tickets, please see gate attendant.

Allowed & Prohibited Items

Guests and their belongings are subject to search upon entry or re-entry. You can help keep the lines moving quickly by leaving large bags at home.

The following items are NOT ALLOWED at the Windy City Smokeout:

  • Weapons of Any Kind, including Fireworks or Explosives of Any Kind
  • Illegal or Illicit Substances of Any Kind
  • Large Backpacks (Framed, Hiking Backpacks, etc.)
  • Glass Containers and Metal Aerosol Cans, including Sunscreen in Aerosol Cans
  • Outside Food or Drinks (including Alcohol)
  • Skateboards, Scooters or Personal Motorized Vehicles
  • Bicycles Inside Festival Grounds
  • Carts, Tents & Chairs of Any Kind
  • Hard-Sided Coolers
  • Pets (except Service Dogs)
  • No Unauthorized/Unlicensed Vendors Allowed. No Unauthorized Solicitations, Handbills, Sampling, Give-Aways, etc.
  • Children

  • The festival is family-friendly. All ages welcome.
  • Children under the age of 12 will be admitted at no charge (excluding VIP area).
  • Any guest accompanying a child in the VIP section must purchase a ticket for that child.
  • * Subject to change.