New Riot Fest Site May Have A Problem: Used Heroin Needles / Ticket Refunds Available Through Monday

The new home of Riot Fest is already home to junkies, CBS 2 has learned.

A viewer said the park is littered with used hypodermic needles. And sure enough, that’s just what CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez found.

Those discarded needles are just feet from where children play. It took a news crew less than a minute to find the dangerous debris.

The “rigs,” as they are called — used to deliver heroin — lie in the grass. Neighbors say it’s common.
“I see them taking their shoes off, shooting up between their toes, 20 feet away from a family that’s having a little picnic,” says Joseph Hennigan, who walks his dog frequently in the park.

Across the park, there were booze bottles and little baggies used for heroin laying all over. Even on the playground, CBS 2 found more evidence of drug use and reported the potentially dangerous drug paraphernalia to 3-1-1.

While it’s not his ward, Ald. George Cardenas, who lobbied to bring Riot Fest to Douglass Park, told us he met with the Chicago Park District and police officials on Thursday.

“If somebody sees (stuff) like this, they should help clean it up,” Cardenas (12th Ward) told Tellez.
When she noted that used needles are a biohazard, the alderman said the city would look into it.

The city announced earlier this week Riot Fest would be moved from Humboldt Park after residents there complained about the event, including the damage it does to the property. Concert promoters have said they have made necessary repairs and donated money to local causes, in return for use of the park.


Refunds are being offered to people who bought tickets to Riot Fest, but don’t like the change in venue.


The fest is moving from Humboldt Park to Douglas Park.


The lineup will be announced next week.


Some say the crowds were too big and the cleanup was too much to handle in Humboldt Park.


The refunds are being offered through Monday, May 25th.


To get a refund, email with your name and confirmation number. If you bought tickets through the mail, the process is different.


Contact Ticketfly for details on what you have to do to get your money back.

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Riot Fest Announces Move to Douglas Park for 2015

CHICAGO — Despite the overwhelming support from the community, businesses and musicians, Riot Fest is moving from Humboldt Park.

Riot Fest announced Wednesday morning that the 2015 festival will be held in Douglas Park.

26th Ward Alderman Roberto Maldonado didn’t want Riot Fest in Humboldt Park this year because he says it’s still recovering from last year’s fest.

Over 8,300 people signed a petition to keep Riot Fest in Humboldt Park.

Douglas Park, a historical regional park, is a 10-minute ride from Humboldt Park.

“From Woodstock to Riot Fest it’s about unity and creating a positive community. It’s as American pie as you can get. We are excited that Riot Fest has honored us by selecting Douglas Park as its new home. More importantly, the community is thrilled to say ‘welcome’ to the over 150,000 fans, artists and staff that make Riot Fest possible. We look forward to working with Riot Fest, Mike and Sean, and we welcome the economic impact Riot Fest brings to the community,” said 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas.

The September event has been ranked the number one music festival in the country.

Riot Fest, the second largest music festival in Chicago, has been holding it’s annual festivals here since 2005.

Last year, roughly 160,000 people from all over the world attended the event.

Riot Fest is scheduled for September 11-13.

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Active Child, Matt Ulery’s In The Ivory
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 6/22, 6:30 PM, all-ages, free.

Antibalas, Sonny Knight & the Lakers
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 7/2, 6:30 PM, all-ages, free.

Reggie’s Rock Club, 10/23-24, 7 PM.

Andrew Belle, Birds of Chicago
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 6/8, 6:30 PM, all-ages, free.

Hayes Carll, Mother Falcon
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 6/18, 6:30 PM, all-ages, free.

Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine
House of Blues, 7/8, 8 PM.

Choctaw Wildfire
FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 6/7, 8 PM, on sale Fri 5/22, 11 AM.

Dengue Fever
Empty Bottle, 9/7, 9 PM, on sale Fri 5/22, 10 AM.

Dick Diver, CoCocoma
Empty Bottle, 7/1, 9 PM.

Reggie’s Rock Club, 7/1, 7 PM.

City Winery, 8/1, 7:30 and 10:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 5/21, noon.

Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Fest with Heartless Bastards, Andrew Jackson Jihad, FIlligar, and more
Elston between St. Louis and Grace, 6/27-28, noon, all-ages.

Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)
Beat Kitchen, 7/15, 8 PM.

Fortunate Youth
Subterranean, 10/10, 9 PM, on sale Fri 5/22, 10 AM.

Fountainsun, Wrekmeister Harmonies
Bohemian National Cemetery, 7/2, 7 PM, on sale Fri 5/22, 10 AM.

Bill Frisell Trio
City Winery, 6/21, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 5/21, noon.

From Indian Lakes
The Abbey, 6/27, 11:15 PM.

Heartless Bastards, Alberta Cross
Metro, 9/23, 8:30 PM.

Hot Stove Cool Music
Metro, 7/9, 8 PM, on sale Fri 5/22, noon.

Jenny Hval, Briana Marela
Constellation, 9/3, 8:30 PM.

In This Moment
House of Blues, 7/7, 7:30 PM.

Nick Jonas
House of Blues, 9/14, 8 PM, on sale Fri 5/22, 10 AM.

Judah & the Lion
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 7/9, 8 PM, all-ages, free.

the Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, 7/26, 7 PM.

King Sunny Ade, Mathew Tembo
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 7/6, 6:30 PM, all-ages, free.

Leo Kottke
City Winery, 8/26-27, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 5/21, noon.

Double Door, 7/17, 9 PM, on sale Fri 5/22, noon.

Langhorne Slim & the Law
Thalia Hall, 8/18, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 5/22, 10 AM.

London Souls, Eggnoise
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 6/11, 6:30 PM, all-ages, free.

Los Cojolites, David Wax Museum
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 7/23, 6:30 PM, all-ages, free.

Lupe Fiasco
House of Blues, 6/1, 9 PM.

Mighty Diamonds, Charley Organaire
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 6/15, 6:30 PM, all-ages, free.

Murder by Death, Banditos
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 7/20, 6:30 PM, all-ages, free.

Ivan Neville, Papa Mali, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
Metro, 7/2, 9 PM.

New Orleans Swamp Donkeys
FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 6/17, 8:30 PM, on sale Fri 5/22, 11 AM.

Double Door, 8/13, 6:30 PM, all-ages.

Ondatropica, Helado Negro
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 7/16, 6:30 PM, all-ages, free.

Poi Dog Pondering, Caroline Smith
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 6/29, 6:30 PM, all-ages, free.

Reggie’s Rock Club, 7/17, 7 PM.

Double Door, 8/21, 9 PM.

San Fermin, So Percussion
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 6/1, 6:30 PM, all-ages, free.

Screaming Females, Vacation
Empty Bottle, 7/28, 9 PM.

Wadada Leo Smith, Douglas Ewart, and Mike Reed
Constellation, 6/26-27, 8:30 PM.

Chris Smither
City Winery, 10/16, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 5/21, noon.

Snarky Puppy, Third Coast Percussion
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 6/25, 6:30 PM, all-ages, free.

Matthew Sweet, In Tall Buildings
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 7/13, 6:30 PM, all-ages, free.

KT Tunstall
City Winery, 8/23-24, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 5/21, noon.

The Very Best, Glass Lux
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 6/4, 6:30 PM, all-ages, free.

Cobra Lounge, 10/17, 9 PM.


Bad Religion, Plague Vendor
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COAL CHAMBER And FEAR FACTORY To Join Forces For North American Tour

COAL CHAMBER and FEAR FACTORY will join forces for a North American tour this summer. Support on the trek will come from DEVIL YOU KNOW (select dates), JASTA (select dates), SAINT RIDLEY and MADLIFE (all dates). The tour kicks off July 24 in Tucson, Arizona and will wrap up on August 22 in Santa Ana, California.

COAL CHAMBER is offering VIP packages for every date on the tour. The VIP package includes a meet-and-greet with the band, exclusive t-shirt, exclusive poster, souvenir laminate and early entry (where applicable).

Says COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara: “COAL CHAMBER is coming to the USA for another killer tour, this time bringing along some great friends FEAR FACTORY who have a new record coming and my good buddy [Jamey] Jasta with his solo project! Get ready and get your tickets because this tour is gonna sell out and be a good time.”

The dates are as follows:

Jul. 24 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
Jul. 25 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
Jul. 26 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
Jul. 28 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
Jul. 29 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
Jul. 30 – Lawrence, KS – Granada
Jul. 31 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s
Aug. 01 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Aug. 02 – Chattanooga, TN – Track 29
Aug. 03 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
Aug. 04 – Columbia, SC – Music Farm
Aug. 06 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
Aug. 08 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
Aug. 10 – London, ON – London Music Hall
Aug. 11 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Aug. 12 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
Aug. 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
Aug. 16 – Cleveland, OH – Agora
Aug. 18 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Aug. 19 – Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
Aug. 20 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Aug. 21 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Aug. 22 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

COAL CHAMBER’s comeback album, “Rivals, is being released today (Tuesday, May 19) in North America via Napalm. The band’s first CD in over thirteen years was recorded in part at Audiohammer studio in Sanford, Florida with producer Mark Lewis (DEVILDRIVER, CANNIBAL CORPSE).

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Bombshell and Actress Vicki Marie Taylor Volunteers at Little Rock Film Festival 2015


May 15, 2015 (Little Rock, AR) Beautiful model/actress/vixen Vicki Marie Taylor is donating time in her community by volunteering at the Little Rock Film Festival 2015. Taylor is passionate about the industry and looks forward to helping others realize their dreams in her community.  ” I had been wanting to be involved with this for sometime. They told me that I was approved to volunteer at this year’s festival and I was just ecstatic .” Taylor told us. Taylor’s next project is filming this summer in Los Angeles. The film titled “No Respect For the Living” is Tarantino style and Taylor will star alongside Playboy Playmate of the year 2014 Kennedy Summers in this horror/ crime project. Taylor is set to leave Arkansas mid July to film scenes for her character. The film is currently in production in Los Angeles California.


She recently appeared in Star Magazine and was mentioned on the hit Fox News show “Red Eye” where Kevin Sorbo talks about looking forward to the release and distribution of “Alongside Night” (with Vicki Marie).  Other recent work includes: “Return to Nuke Em High Part 2” in which she plays Tro Gasm. Taylor looks forward to meeting fans at the upcoming 2015 Cons and her next magazine spread that will be featured in 2015. Taylor was listed as a Celebrity Guest for Comic Con 2014 in NYC. She also has an upcoming interview with Mr. Skin. 


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Avengers: Age of Ultron Set to Pass $1 Billion at Global Box Office Today

Today, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron will cross the $1 billion mark in its 24th day of global release. It is Marvel Studios’ third billion-dollar film, alongside Marvel’s The Avengers and Iron Man 3, and the eighth Disney release to surpass this threshold. As early as today, Avengers: Age of Ultron will become the highest-grossing film of 2015 domestically, and it is already the second-biggest movie of the year internationally and globally.


Avengers: Age of Ultron began opening internationally on April 22 and has grossed $990 million through May 14. The film’s top markets are South Korea ($76 million), China ($69 million), UK ($63 million), Mexico ($41 million), Brazil ($39 million), and Russia ($32 million). Highlights include:


#1 debut in every market

Biggest opening weekend ever in Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, Philippines, Ecuador, Bolivia; biggest Western debut ever in South Korea, Peru May 12 debut of $34 million in China marked Disney/Marvel’s biggest opening day ever there and the highest non-weekend opening day ever Avengers: Age of Ultron debuted May 1 in the U.S. and Canada with $191.3 million, the second-biggest opening weekend of all time, behind only Marvel’s The Avengers. The film has now grossed $333 million through May 14 and is one of only three films to surpass the $300 million mark within 10 days.


The film opens in Japan on July 4.

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