There's only a hint
of summer in the air, but Chicago's busiest concert season is
already starting to heat up.
On Wednesday, two rock superstars announced upcoming dates.
Touring in support of his new album "Devils & Dust," due April 26,
Bruce Springsteen will come to the Rosemont Theatre on May 11
as part of a solo acoustic tour. And celebrating the release of
"Mighty Rearranger," out May 10, Robert Plant, "The Golden
God," will stop at the Auditorium Theatre on July 9 with his band
No word yet on when tickets will go on sale for either concert.
Also, the Mayor's Office of Special Events has worked with
sponsoring radio stations to bring several big names to the Petrillo
Music Shell in Grant Park as part of the annual Taste of Chicago
festival. Fugees veteran turned acclaimed solo artist Lauryn Hill
kicks things off on June 24, and Latin rock giant Carlos Santana
performs with openers Los Lonely Boys on July 2.
Other Taste of Chicago acts include LeAnn Rimes and
Aaron Tippin (June 25), Clint Black and Julie Roberts
(June 26), disco diva Donna Summer (June 28), the Gap Band
and Morris Day and the Time (June 29), Lynyrd Skynyrd
and Creedence Clearwater Revisited (June 30), Stevie
Winwood and Dr. John (July 1) and John Hiatt and
the North Mississippi All-Stars at the festival-ending concert on
Clear Channel already is selling tickets through Ticketmaster
(312-559-1212) for several shows at the Tweeter Center in Tinley
Park this summer, including Reba McEntire and Brad Paisley
(May 21), the Dave Matthews Band (June 2), the Sounds of
the Underground Tour with Lamb of God (July 8), Tom
Petty and the Black Crowes (July 15) and Motley Crue
Word is expected soon on ticket sales for the annual Warped Tour,
which stops at the Tweeter Center on July 23, and the heavy-metal
extravaganza Ozzfest, which arrives at the same venue on July 30.
Finally, Lollapalooza -- which continues to seek city approval to
take place in Grant Park on July 23-24 -- won't be the only
alternative-rock festival in town this summer. The Chicago-based
indie-rock Web site Pitchfork media.com has secured a city
permit to host a July 16-17 festival starting at noon in Pulaski
Park, located at Blackhawk and Noble on the West Side.
Called the Intonation Music Festival, and hoping to draw 10,000
adventurous music fans, it will feature two stages with 24
underground acts, including Fiery Furnaces, power-popsters
the Wrens and the M's, Broken Social Scene and
The suggested donation is $10 a day, and a portion of the
proceeds will benefit the Pulaski Park after-school music program.