Summer is finally upon us! We need go outside as frequently as possible, considering the entire months of January and February were spent under a comforter. Good thing the summer music festival season is now in full swing, not to mention the outdoor concert season. Spring Awakening brings many of the top DJs in the world to Soldier Field. There are some massive live shows under roofs as well. U2 returns to our sports arenas, scaling down from Soldier Field to United Center. Bette Midler also pops in to belt some tunes in United Center. Explore our picks of the top concerts in Chicago in June.
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Organized by the folks behind the similarly-named festivals in Brooklyn and Paris, Afropunk Chicago brings the some big names to town for a free show. The lineup includes performances by Detroit rapper Danny Brown, comedian Hannibal Buress and recent GOOD Music signee Holt. You just need to RSVP and queue up at the "secret location" to get in. Here's a hint: The venue rhymes with "ball-e-uh tall."Read more
The cool kids' favorite tastemaking turntablist, A-Trak, scratches up his booty-shaking blend of electro and hip-hop. Though still quite young, Abraham Orellana, aka Araabmuzik, has an decade-long production career behind him and has shopped beats to the likes of Gucci Mane, Ludacris and Fabolous.Read more
With vocals to die for and an inborn nack for soul, this scruffy Irish musician got his start singing with Celtic choral group Anúna. He treaded into bluesier waters in 2013 with the release of his EP Take Me to Church, whose title track shot to ubiquity. The contemporary bluesman hits Millennium Park just before Blues Fest to play from his '14 release, From Eden.Read more
The Divine Miss M's latest album, It's the Girls, finds the seasoned singer taking on classic cuts by some of pop's most famous all-female groups. Though the album skews toward the Brill Building–era, we love her take on TLC's immortal "Waterfalls." A ticket to the show guarantees you a copy of the record.Read more