Jamming With Junior

A new music-festival motto: If you're old enough to walk, you're old enough to rock

Laurie Berkner has wanted to be a rock star ever since she was in high school. But when she dreamed of headlining a sellout touring festival, with fans dancing in the aisles of places like the Rosemont Theatre--a venue outside Chicago that has been host to Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie--this gig was not what she had in mind. At 36, Berkner is playing the Rosemont all right, but there are face painters in the lobby and changing tables in the rest rooms, and most of her fans--2,500 of them at this show alone--come up only to her hips. "I planned...

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