Riot Fest Founder Mike Petryshyn Becomes Head Talent Buyer at Chicago’s Congress Theater

Riot Fest Founder Mike Petryshyn Becomes Head Talent Buyer at Chicago’s Congress Theater

Riot Fest Partners with Red Bull for Major National Expansion

Michael Petryshyn, founder and managing partner of Riot Fest Music Co., has just accepted the position of Head Talent Buyer for General Market and Rock at Chicago’s Congress Theater. One of the city’s largest vintage theaters, the Congress has hosted Riot Fest for years now. This alliance means more great music for Chicago fans from a man with big plans for the future. “Because of the growth of Riot Fest, I’ve been offered talent buying jobs recently in other markets; however, it meant that I would have to give up Riot Fest, which I would never do because of the expansion we’re looking at in the next several years. I prefer to stay independent, and when Eddie (Carranza) approached me about the position and stated that I have their full support, it was an offer I was waiting to hear for the past several years. With that said I’m excited about helping make the Congress Theater one of the premier and most respected venues in the Midwest.”

In other Riot Fest news, Petryshyn has forged a partnership with Red Bull; this precedes an ambitious plan for major expansion in the near future, including Los Angeles and New York festivals in the spirit of the flagship programming in Chicago. Punk fans travel from all over the world to attend Riot Fest in its current location, and bringing it to other major cities has long been in Petryshyn’s plans.

Riot Fest 2010 is the largest yet, including Bad Religion, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Circle Jerks, Articles of Faith, Snapcase, Less Than Jake, The Lawrence Arms, Bouncing Souls, High On Fire, Corrosion of Conformity, Anti-Flag, Riverboat Gamblers, Red Oktoberfest with Propagandhi, “Busted at Oz” Reunion, Cro-Mags, fun., Negative Approach, Smoking Popes, Bhopal Stiffs, The Meatmen, Agnostic Front, Off With Their Heads, Brendan Kelly, The Toasters, Roy Ellis a.k.a. Mr. Symarip, OFF! (Keith Morris’ new band), Righteous Fool and many more. The full line up is available at

In 2005 Mike Petryshyn started Riot Fest; he created his dream festival, the one he would want to attend. With one eye on the legendary Chicago punk scene and the other on the bands that inspire them, he started building the festival, with an ambitious multiple show/venue format, despite his inexperience. He put special emphasis on reuniting influential punk and underground bands who hadn’t shared the stage in years and creating a continuum from the very beginning of the movement through its current state. He and his partner Sean McKeough have built Riot Fest into a nationally recognized brand in an extremely short time with each year topping the creative curating from the one previous.

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