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The complete Taste of Chicago 2019 concert lineup

The concert lineup at Taste of Chicago is equally as tempting as the delicious dishes being served

Courtney Barnett
Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez
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You probably go to Taste of Chicago to indulge in sloppy Italian beefs, giant turkey legs and slices of Eli's Cheesecake, but the annual smorgasbord of local street food also boasts a surprisingly robust lineup of concerts. The Petrillo Music Shell hosts five nights of headlining performances, solidifying the Taste's status as a miniature summer music festival. While you're chowing down on dishes from Chicago food trucks, you'll be able to catch sets from the likes of Courtney Barnett, De La Soul, India.Arie and more.

All performances are free to attend (just like Taste of Chicago itself), but you'll need to purchase a ticket if you want to snag a seat at the Petrillo Music Shell shows. Check out the complete lineup of Taste of Chicago concerts and don't forget to grab some extra napkins.

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Petrillo Music Shell lineup

Courtney Barnett
Photograph: Mia Mala McDonald
Music, Rock and indie

Courtney Barnett + Sunflower Bean

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Armed with a sharp wit and a penchant for shredding, Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has quickly become one of indie rock's guiding lights, graduating to increasingly large festival stages and collaborating with the likes of Philadelphia rocker Kurt Vile. Her latest album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, reflects on the trials of being a woman in the music industry, clapping back at critics and anonymous internet commenters through a collection of empowered anthems. During her performance at Taste of Chicago, Barnett will be joined by young New York rockers Sunflower Bean.

Bomba Estéreo
Photograph: Courtesy Sony Music Entertainment Latin
Music, Dance and electronic

Bomba Estéreo + Cultura Profética

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Blending the rhythms of traditional cumbia and salsa with electronic production, Columbian duo Bomba Estéreo were putting a contemporary spin on Latin music long before Latin trap and reggaeton entered the mainstream (the group's 2015 song "To My Love" became a nightclub fixture last year thanks to a remix from Puerto Rican DJ Marcos "Tainy" Masís). And while the group has spent much of its career bringing its buoyant live set to stages across the globe, it hasn't forgotten about its home—Bomba Estéreo is currently spearheading a campaign to stop deforestation in its native Columbia. During the band's concert at Taste of Chicago, they'll be joined by Puerto Rican reggae act Cultura Profética.

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De La Soul
Photograph: Courtesy DCASE
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

De La Soul + Taylor Bennett

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Long Island trio De La Soul's 1989 debut 3 Feet High and Rising is among the rap genre's most vaunted records, harnessing an inspired collection samples and introducing comedic skits to the hip-hop vernacular. Even 30 years after its release, it's an album that sounds ahead of its time—albeit one that you can't easily stream, thanks to the group's fractured relationship with its label, Tommy Boy Records. While younger audiences likely know Posdnuos, Trugoy and Maseo for their collaborations with Damon Albarn's Gorillaz project, we're hoping that De La Soul digs into the classics during their Taste of Chicago set, which features an opening set from local rapper Taylor Bennett.

The Strumbellas
Photograph: Matt Barnes
Music, Pop

The Strumbellas + Lovelytheband + Joywave

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Trafficking in the same blend of impassioned folk rock and sleek pop balladry that sent acts like Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers to the top of the charts, Ontario outfit the Strumbellas just want you to sing (and stomp) along to its anthemic refrains. Headlining a bill that includes Los Angeles pop-rock act Lovelytheband (they wrote a song about Coachella) and synth-pop group Joywave, this might be the best Taste of Chicago show to attend if you merely want some pleasant background music to enjoy while you focus on digging into your meal.

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India.Arie
Photograph: Courtesy DCASE
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

India.Arie + Meshell Ndegeocello + Bilal

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It has been nearly two decades since India.Arie's debut record Acoustic Soul tore up the charts, went double platinum and garnered a boatload of Grammy nominations. In the years since, she's released a steady stream of R&B albums, collaborated with Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock and performed aboard "inspirational cruises" organized by Oprah Winfrey. At Taste of Chicago, she'll perform with support from soul singer-songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello and R&B singer Bilal.

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