WeishFest is more than just a music festival; it's a celebration of life. In 2012, before Andrew Weishar passed of colorectal cancer at age 21, he had one request: to pay forward the kindness shown to his family during his battle with cancer. From that simple request, WeishFest was born. Since then, the Andrew Weishar Foundation ("Weish4Ever") has granted nearly $3 million in direct financial assistance to over 500 families throughout Chicagoland and beyond.
WeishFest started in 2013 as a summer music festival at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, IL. In 2016, the event moved indoors to 115 Bourbon Street to create a one-of-a-kind, intimate, music event. WeishFest has quickly gained national attention and 2023 marks the 10th Anniversary event at The Salt Shed in Chicago, IL.
Along with many regional favorites, WeishFest has welcomed nationally-recognized talent such as Quinn XCII, The Fray, Russell Dickerson, Andy Grammer, O.A.R., Dispatch. Third Eye Blind, Walker Hayes, Randy Houser, Rodney Atkins, Eddie Money, Warrant, and more. In 2020, the virtual "WeishFest @ Home" was brought to fans' living rooms with virtual performances by Old Dominion, Marc Roberge of O.A.R., Walker Hayes, Canaan Smith, Dispatch, and also featured special guest appearances from Dan "Big Cat" Katz (Barstool Sports), Lucas Giolito (Chicago White Sox), Eddie Olcyk, Pat McGann, Zach Miller, and more.