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Festival Pre-Party Recap at Free People Southport

One of the things I love about traveling to different cities and covering music festivals is the opportunity that comes with it to take part in some of our store events. 

While in Chicago, we made our way to Free People Southport on Thursday night to attend a fun festival pre-party they hosted to kick off the start of Pitchfork Music Festival. We landed in Chicago earlier that day, and the event was first up on our agenda. All of our stores have a little something special about them, but this store is unique in that it has a backyard area that can fit a good amount of people. Not only is this space great for events, but it was also perfect to host a backyard session! When I heard that one of the store stylists at FP Southport, Ashlee, was in a band, I immediately reached out to see if she wanted to play for us that night. So many of our store girls are extremely talented, and it’s inspiring when we get to see them do what they love. We were in for a treat because both of the bands that Ashlee is in were able to come out and perform for us. The Island of Misfit Toys started out the night with a fun and energetic set, then Ashlee’s other project, Lucid Lives, finished up with soft acoustic sounds. The evening was filled with great music, healthy snacks provided by KIND, and good times. It was awesome to be a part of it, and a big thanks to Free People Southport for hosting a great event! Check out a photo recap below, and look out for a special video of the night on the blog soon!

band playing

crowd watching

band from above

ashlee outfit

Get the look: Diamonds In The Sky Dress, Bowie Sunglasses, Braeburn Ankle Boot, Las Vegas Crop Bra

ashlee tattoo up close


crowd watching

girl on phone

rachel filming

tattoo and lights

Get the look: V-bra, We The Free Sunset Park Thermal

meghan and pup


band homies

drumstick and banjo

ashlee singing with band

pup and shorts

Get the look: Destroyed Tommy Tee, Raw Hem Denim Cutoff, Exploded Plaid Buttondown, Embellished Classic Biker Jacket, Hawkins Slip On

island of misfit toys

phone and camera

tattoo and lights

meghan and pup

lights and band

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rhiannon -July 29, 2014, 8:11AM

gorgeous photos, that dog is so adorable!

1813 -July 29, 2014, 10:38AM

hey! are you going to post anything about the Nashville Backyard Session soon? <3

Maggie -July 29, 2014, 5:10PM

Are you all going to do anything for Lolla? xx

Amelia -July 29, 2014, 8:20PM

Kille photos. Amazing bokeh with the twinkle lights in the back :) Wish I could have been there!

Amelia -July 29, 2014, 8:20PM

Killer* :)

alyssa -July 30, 2014, 9:23AM

yes !!!!!! the happiest ever to see my girl Ashlee up on the FP blog! also happy to see how far shes come since we worked together at the first ever Chicago location!! you’re doing great, girl! can’t wait to see whats next <3

Madisyn -July 30, 2014, 11:15AM

Sooooo pretty! Ya Jana!!!!

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