Concerts in Chicago in August
Taurus Bartlett (a.k.a. Polo G) wrote his breakout single "Finer Things" while serving time in Cook County Jail on cannabis possession charges—a few months (a tens of millions of YouTube views) later he'd signed a distribution deal with Columbia Records. Though he started as a drill rapper, Polo G's debut album Die A Legend takes a more melodic and heartfelt approach, meditating on the violent streets that he grew up on, the people he's lost along the way and the lasting effects of his tumultuous childhood. Though he now lives with his family in Los Angeles, Polo G returns to Chicago in his Die A Legend Tour, with support from St. Louis R&B singer Luh Kel.
Philadelphia rapper and former Drake-feuder Meek Mill teams up with woozy trap beat aficionado Future for the co-headlining Legendary Nights tour, but you'll want to make sure to arrive early to catch the opening acts that are tagging along. XXL 2019 Freshman Class member (and hot girl summer originator) Megan Thee Stallion, producer-turned-emcee Mustard and "Big Bank" rapper YG are along for the ride, making this one of the best bills of the season for serious hip-hop fans.
Entering its 10th summer in Chicago, change is in the air for the North Coast Music Festival in 2019. The Labor Day weekend music festival is vacating its former home in Union Park and moving to the Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island, where it will host a two-day event (down from its usual three days of music). And while past North Coast lineups have included jams bands, indie rockers and hip-hop acts, its 2019 slate of performers is squarely focused on electronic artists, including headlining sets from EDM titan Bassnectar and Diplo's dancehall project Major Lazer. Spread across two stages, the rest of the lineup features Jai Wolf, Flux Pavilion, Tchami, Juaz, Gorgon City and more than 20 other acts.