Davies, Kahn top Taste lineup


April 8, 2006


Chicago's summer concert season is shaping up as one of the best in years, if not ever, with several other impressive multiband bills joining the previously announced Lollapalooza, Intonation and Pitchfork music festivals.

Among the latest summer music announcements:

*Kinks veteran Ray Davies, touring in support of his first solo album, will headline the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park with My Morning Jacket and former Soul Coughing vocalist Mike Doughty on July 4 as part of the annual Taste of Chicago.

Other confirmed performers include Chaka Khan (June 30), Glen Campbell (July 1), Jo Dee Messina (July 2), India.Arie (July 5), Macy Gray and Chicago band Liquid Soul (July 7) and former Styx vocalist Dennis DeYoung and Kenny Wayne Shepherd (July 9).

*Shut out of Millennium Park because of a scheduled rehearsal by the Grant Park Orchestra, platinum-selling English art-rockers Radiohead will take their show indoors to the Auditorium Theatre on June 19 and 20, according to sources in the industry. There has been no announcement yet about when tickets will go on sale.

*The local independent label Touch and Go will celebrate its 25th anniversary as the Hideout celebrates its 10th year as one of local music lovers' favorite rock clubs during the annual Hideout Block Party on Sept. 8-10.

The Hideout has yet to announce all of the performers, but Touch and Go confirmed that the 25 bands scheduled to play on the last big music weekend of the summer will include Calexico, CocoRosie, the reunited Didjits and Scratch Acid, Enon, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Pinback, Shellac and the Black Heart Procession.

More information is available at www.touchandgorecords.com, and proceeds from the concert will benefit a trio of local children's charities: Tuesday's Child, Literacy Works and the Thomas Drummond Elementary School.