The Logan Square Food Truck Social is almost upon us, featuring over a dozen of Chicago’s best food trucks setting up camp for a weekend that also features one of the best curated music lineups in the overcrowded Chicago street festival scene. We’ve stepped up and handpicked five perfect pairings of bands and food trucks, to help you maximize your sonic and culinary experience this weekend.
Palm x Cheesie’s Truck
Friday, August 24th at 8:30 p.m.
As Palm scoops up the basic elements of guitar rock and warps them into wild new shapes, so does Cheesies’ Truck contort the classic grilled cheese into something more playful. These sandwich artists offer up mind-expanding comfort food takes, influenced by ethnic cuisines (like The Tradicion, made with chihuahua cheese and chorizo) and over-the-top Americana gutbusters, like The Edgar, which stuffs Texas toast full of provolone, pulled pork, coleslaw, and onion strings.
Prince Paul x Happy Lobster Truck
Friday, August 24 at 9 p.m.
Few individuals have had more of an influence on modern American music than Prince Paul, whose work on De La Soul’s iconic debut 3 Feet High and Rising helped redefine what hip hop could sound like. He’s since worked on collaborative projects like Handsome Boy Modeling School (alongside fellow production icon Dan the Automator), recently contributed a remix to Run The Jewels’ meme-turned-real-thing Meow the Jewels, and is dropping by the Logan Square Food Truck Social for a crate-digging DJ set to close out Friday night. Let cuts from Paul’s massive, genre-agnostic record collection wash over you as you feast on a decadent, overstuffed lobster roll from the Happy Lobster Truck, whose selections of luscious lobster sandwiches and other seafood treats (try the Lobster mac and cheese bites!) will help you close out this late summer night in a state of chilled out euphoria.
Longface x Beavers Coffee & Donuts
Saturday, August 25th at 2:45 p.m.
Chicago-based experimental folk/country/rock/??? recording project Longface is centered around the band’s frontperson/namesake character, developed by Chicago DIY mainstay Anthony Focareto. Let their noisy, semi-tongue-in-cheek take on classic Americana soundtrack your midday sweets feast, as you absolutely destroy a bunch of mini donuts topped with smores (just like on the range!), strawberry sauce, Nutella, and other over-the-top toppings from Beavers Coffee & Donuts. You’ll be one happy pardner!
The Men x Pierogi Wagon
Saturday, August 25th at 8:30 p.m.
The Men’s decade-long exploration of the various tropes of hardcore punk, psych rock, and rootsy country rock has produced seven full length LPs overstuffed with ideas, each occupying and distorting a slightly different zone of American Rock Music. Drift, their latest album, hopscotches through as many genres as the Pierogi Wagon does varieties of the iconic Polish dumpling, like the classic braised beef or the veggie-friendly sauerkraut & mushroom. These two deceptively simple takes on hearty, satisfying treats are a match made in heaven.
Prefuse 73 x Bop Bar
Sunday, August 26th at 7 p.m.
DJ/producer Guillermo Scott Herren, perhaps best known by the moniker Prefuse 73, is a multifaceted, prolific musician who has amassed a singularly strange take on modern hip hop production. Prefuse’s latest album, Sacrifices, is a lush, blissed-out take on the sort of ambient hip hop sound he helped sculpt in the early days of the 21st century. What better complement to the sample-heavy, heady vibes of a Prefuse 73 set than a savory compilation of textures and flavors from the Bop Bar, who offer up traditional preparations of classic Korean dishes like bibimbap and and jap chae, as well as Americanized dishes, like a spicy Korean chicken burrito and bulgogi sandwich, blending disparate parts into one euphoric whole.