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Gallery: Riot Fest 2019

Chicago’s three-day, punk-rock carnival was host to Slayer, Jawbreaker, Raconteurs, Patti Smith, Rise Against, Bob Mould, Rancid, Bikini Kill, Lucero, the Struts, and more. Here are our favorite guitar-related moments from the 15th annual gathering.


Patti Smith

The godmother of punk rock brought the Riot Fest to a standstill when she walked out onstage, and by the end of it, she brought them to their knees with an 11-song set that ended with her beloved jam (penned by Bruce Springsteen) “Because the Night.”