GOSPEL MUSIC FEST
(Pritzker Pavilion/Chicago Cultural Center)
The lakeside festival season kicks off in gorgeous style with two days of leap-to-your-feet performances by the Kinsmen, Shirley Caesar, Travis Greene and many more.
June 3 and 4
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
(Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre)
Having wrapped up her venture into filmmaking (“The Odyssey”), arena gamine Florence Welch is back on the road in the audaciously named “How Beautiful” tour.
The baritone jazz singer’s got both the suave and the swing; and he’s got Chicago’s killer Marquis Hill BlackTet opening for him—a dream double-bill.
STEELY DAN & STEVE WINWOOD
(First Merit Bank Pavilion)
Steely Dan was the seventies’ smartest, wittiest rock-jazz fusion band; Winwood’s résumé is a roll call of late-sixties art-rock outfits. Survivors make strange bedfellows.
The drone metal outfit’s image is straight out of an Ingmar Bergman medieval nightmare, but its genre-infused noise consumes eras and influences.
Robert Rodi is an author, spoken-word performer and musician who has served as Newcity’s Music Editor since 2014. He’s written more than a dozen books, including the travel memoir “Seven Seasons In Siena.” His jazz quintet recently completed a two-year residency at Uncommon Ground, and he regularly hosts a jazz singers’ jam at Lizard’s Liquid Lounge. His literary and music criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Huffington Post and many other national and regional publications.