Nate Ruess, of fun. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
For the second consecutive year, the formerly free pop music concerts at Taste of Chicago come with a price: $25 for pavilion seats at the Petrillo Music Shell; lawn seating is still gratis.
The headliners are:
July 10, 5:30 p.m.: fun.: The lowercase and punctuated pop-rock trio took the world by storm with the single “We Are Young,” which won this year’s Grammy for best song. Though the pavilion is sold out, you can crowd in with the other lowercase fans on the lawn. Opening is SoCal roots rock quintet Delta Spirit.
July 11, 5:30 p.m.: Robin Thicke: Blue-eyed soul crooner channels Marvin Gaye with Vegas flourishes and the occasional hip-hop dollop. Opening is R&B songstress Estelle.
July 12, 5:30 p.m.: Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters: For his latest project, the former Led Zeppelin lead singer blends blues rock with world-beat rhythms, which he describes as “taking African music back to the Mississippi Delta.” (Pavilion sold out.) Opening is country/gospel/folk trio the Lone Bellow.
July 13, 5:30 p.m.: Jill Scott: The singer-songwriter (and occasional actress) specializes in 21st century Philly soul at its best. (Pavilion is sold out.) Opening is British reggae hitmaker Maxi Priest, dubbed “The King of Lovers Rock” (an R&B/soul-influenced subgenre).
July 14, 4 p.m.: Neon Trees: The Utah-based quartet’s new wave dance-pop sound has been described as “the Strokes meets Killers.” Opening is retro folk/West Coast pop-rock collective the Mowgli’s.