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Passion Pit and Alessia Cara top the Taste of Chicago 2017 music lineup

Zach Long
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Zach Long

With summer quickly approaching (it's mere weeks away!), it's time to start planning for everyone's favorite smorgasbord, the Taste of Chicago. The annual festival is about more than gigantic turkey legs and Eli's Cheesecake—there's also a packed lineup of live music to consider when you're formulating your schedule.

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As usual, headlining acts will be performing in the Petrillo Music Shell, where you'll be able to watch concerts from the lawn for free or shell out some cash to purchase seats within the pavilion. The long weekend kicks off on Wednesday with pop singer-songwriter Alessia Cara, who recently sang the Lin-Manuel Miranda-penned song "How Far I'll Go" for the Moana soundtrack. On Thursday, Latin band Café Tacvba brings rock en Español to the Taste ahead of Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals' set (with support from local garage rockers Twin Peaks) on Friday. Electro-pop act Passion Pit will get the crowds grooving on Saturday and classic R&B trio the O'Jays are scheduled to close out the festival on Sunday.

Take a look at the full Taste of Chicago 2017 music lineup below, including a complete list of acts scheduled to perform free shows on the festival's Bud Light Stage.

Petrillo Music Shell

Wednesday, July 5
Alessia Cara + Eryn Allen Kane (5:30pm)

Thursday, July 6
Café Tacvba + ¡Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat with Los Vicios de Papá (5:30pm)

Friday, July 7
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals + Twin Peaks (5:30pm)

Saturday, July 8
Passion Pit + The Kickback (4:30pm)

Sunday, July 9
The O'Jays + Maurice Jackson’s Independents (4:30pm)

Bud Light Stage

Wednesday, July 5 - R&B/Hip Hop Day
Dej Monae (noon)
Maurice Jackson’s Independents (1:20pm)                     
ShowYouSuck (2:40pm)                     
Pinqy Ring (4pm)
The Boy Illinois (5:20pm)
Justin Ruff (6:40pm)
Thursday, July 6 – Latin Music Day
Los Vicios de Papá (noon)
Vivian Garcia (1:20pm)
The Luna Blues Machine (2:40pm)
Mariachi Monumental (4pm)
Contrabanda Live (5:20pm)
Afinca'o (6:40pm)
Friday, July 7 - Folk and Country Day
Michael Riser Band (noon)
Clique James (1:20pm)
Swingabilly Slim (2:40pm)
Jonas Friddle & The Majority (4pm)
The Railway Gamblers (5:20pm)
Jeff Givens & The Mugshot Saints (6:40pm)
Saturday, July 8 - Rock the Taste!
Steve Ramone & The Pensioners (11am)
Blood Red Boots (noon)
Oceans Over Airplanes (1:20pm)
Aeraco (2:40pm)
The Gold Web (4pm)
Bailiff (5:20pm)
Split Single (6:40pm)
Sunday, July 9 - Cornucopia of Music!
Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats (11am)
Tovi Khali (noon)
Aleph Beatz (1:20pm)
Shuba (2:40pm)
The Rad Trads  (4pm)
Linsey Alexander (5:20pm)
The Waco Brothers (6:40pm)
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