Kevin Lyman is best known as the man who created the Vans Warped Tour, which is billed as North America's longest-running tour. | Chad Sengstock photo
William Beckett recorded his debut full-length album, "Genuine & Counterfeit," in his hometown of Chicago. | Ryan Russell photo
Echosmith is one of the bands that Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman says could break out and be big from 2013's tour.
Solo artist William Beckett will release "Genuine & Counterfeit" on Aug. 20. His debut full-length album features guest vocal appearances from Say Anything's Max Bemis and Mayday Parade's Derek Sanders.
Black Veil Brides from Hollywood, Calif., are among the big bands booked for Vans Warped Tour '13.
Vans Warped Tour '13 band Bring Me the Horizon from Sheffield, United Kingdom, consists of Matt Nicholls (from left), Matt Kean, Oliver Sykes, Lee Malia and Jordan Fish. | Jesse John Jenkins photo
Vans Warped Tour will return to First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on July 20.
Rock and hardcore band Memphis May Fire from Dallas is one of the big names booked on Vans Warped Tour '13.
Vans Warped Tour '13 headliners include alternative, rock and indie band Motion City Soundtrack from Minneapolis. | Anthony Saint James photo
Rock and ska band Reel Big Fish from California will bring Vans Warped Tour '13 back to its roots.
Post-hardcore band Sleeping With Sirens from Orlando, Fla., is among the big-name performers at Vans Warped Tour '13.
Vans Warped Tour '13 reflects musical diversity as the package that started with punk and ska now features performers like metalcore band We Came As Romans from Detroit.
In addition to creating the Vans Warped Tour, Kevin Lyman's other projects include Taste of Chaos, Country Throwdown and Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
After touring nonstop for 10 years as the front man for the Academy Is..., Wililam Beckett is playing Vans Warped Tour '13 as a solo artist. | Ryan Russell photo
Chicago connections to Vans Warped Tour '13 include Goldhouse, William Beckett and Frank Bang and the Secret Stash.
William Beckett's forthcoming "Genuine & Counterfeit" embraces the Chicagoan's expansive vocal range, pop sensibilities, quirky yet soothingly hypnotic melodies and distinctive narrative lyrical twists. | Ryan Russell photo
Local connections to Vans Warped Tour '13 include pop artist Goldhouse from Chicago.
Rock and pop punk band the Story So Far, which is booked on Vans Warped Tour '13, is one of the groups that Warped creator Kevin Lyman said he's been happy to see grow.
Strawberry Blondes, which is booked on Vans Warped Tour '13, is among the young bands that Warped creator Kevin Lyman said he hopes music fans will support.
Vans Warped Tour '13 offers a diverse lineup that includes pop artist Goldhouse from Chicago.