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The tip-off that musicals are fantasy is that crowds of people don't spontaneously burst into song all at once. Or do they? The goal of Make Music Chicago is to fill our city with the sound of music, produced by musicians of all types and abilities. Maybe there'll be singing in full harmony and choreographed jazz hands after all.
Wadada Leo Smith, Atomic, Robert Glasper, and Jason Moran are a few of the the notable names performing. Opening day takes place at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington), before moving to Pritzker Pavilion that night.
The indie-fest staple boasts a packed lineup that includes Bjork, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, Solange, MIA, Yo La Tengo, Wire, Swans, Toro Y Moi, Pissed Jeans, and more. $50 per day, three-day pass $120
The festival is ringing in its 23rd year with Wayne William King, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Terry Andre Hatchett, Mike Dunn, and more. $15 general admission, $75-$1,000 VIP packages
A mix of everything from indie-rock to world music, paired with the likes of craft beer, dancing, and family activities; previously known as the Chicago Folk & Roots Festival. $5-10 suggested donation
DIY punks care a lot about telling the story of their scene, since for better or worse nobody else is going to do it—D.C. label Dischord, for instance, sometimes describes its releases as “documents.” The borderline reverence once attached to the act of archiving a subversive subculture has been diluted by technology—I mean, there’s a Tumblr now that posts pictures of people photographing their food—but strong DIY punk voices still emerge from all the noise to produce art worth remembering. Boston’s Topshelf Records has released some of the best music and ephemera from the country’s booming underground emo scene, and it’s kicking things up a notch with the forthcoming photo book Life Is Suffering, which documents last fall’s inaugural full-band tour by Into It. Over It., a punk project founded as a solo venture in 2007 by Chicago emo troubadour Evan Thomas Weiss. Weiss’s band is gathering steam (he recently signed with New York’s Triple Crown Records, onetime home of Hot Rod Circuit and Kevin Devine), which helps account for the existence of a photo book about it, and the accompanying seven-inch does even more to explain the hullabaloo. It’s two live full-band versions of tunes from IIOI’s debut, 52 Weeks, and the heavy riffing on “Wearing White” is so visceral it makes me want to run through a sheet of drywall. —Leor Galil This show is part of the Green Music Fest. Also on today’s bill are the Manchester Orchestra, Everest, Brighton MA, and Joie de Vivre, among others; music begins at 2:45 PM, and Into It. Over It. plays at 6:30 PM. $5 suggested donation
The lineup for this long-running punk fest includes Hawthorne Heights, Forever the Sickest Kids, Motion City Soundtrack, Chiodos, Silverstein, Defeater, Vinnie Caruana, and more. $47.50
The Empty Bottle presents a DJ lineup that includes Heather and Collette, Derrick Carter, Jesse de la Pena, and Diz. Main stage performers include Tortoise, Oblivians, Born Ruffians, Javelin, and more. $5 suggested donation
An eco-friendly fest featuring two stages and a lineup that includes Manchester Orchestra, Into It. Over It., This Must Be the Band, and Joe Pug. $5 suggested donation
The megafestival features the Cure, Mumford & Sons, Nine Inch Nails, the Postal Service, Queens of the Stone Age, the National, Local Natives, Cat Power, Alt-J, and more.