Lollapalooza, taking place in Grant Park August 3-6, has announced its 2017 lineup. North America’s largest festival will retain its expanded 4-day format which was initiated last year. Thursday acts include Muse, Lorde, Cage the Elephant, Wiz Khalifa, Spoon, Porter Robinson, Liam Gallagher, A-Trak, Baauer, and Temples. Friday acts include The Killers, Blink-182, DJ Snake, Run the Jewels, Foster the People, Ryan Adams, Gramatik, Phantogram, Tegan and Sara, Crystal Castles, Little Dragon, and Cloud Nothings. Saturday acts include Chance the Rapper, The xx, Alt-J, The Head & the Heart, Kaskade, Mac DeMarco, Glass Animals, Vance Joy, and Warpaint. Sunday acts include Arcade Fire, Justice, Big Sean, The Shins, Zeds Dead, Tove Lo, Grouplove, Charli XCX, and Milky Chance. 3-day passes sold out within hours of going on sale, but 1-day passes are currently available for $120 per day.
Ravinia Festival, North America’s oldest music festival taking place in Highland Park’s Ravinia Park, has announced its 2017 summer concert lineup to include John Legend (June 10), Seu Jorge Presents The Life Aquatic: A Tribute to David Bowie (June 15), Willie Nelson & Family (June 16), Aretha Franklin (June 17), Sammy Hagar & the Circle (June 19), Common (June 24), The Beach Boys (July 2), Booker T. Jones (July 6), Sheryl Crow (July 7), Blondie and Garbage (July 22), Andrew Bird (July 23), Santana (August 11-12), Alanis Morissette (August 25), John Mellencamp (August 26-27), Steve Nicks (September 9-10), and Smokey Robinson (September 15). You may view the full schedule here.
BY Mike Milazzo
If you’ve ever attended a show at Evanston SPACE, chances are you’ve seen him. A tall figure silently observing in the back of the room, often times silhouetted by the dim lighting. His name is Dave Specter, and he owns the joint. Aside from being a respectable business owner, he is also a highly accomplished blues guitarist himself, having been a fixture at local blues clubs since the 1980s. On a good night, if you’re lucky, you will find Specter sitting in with the band, his hard-charging blues pouring out of his guitar with every note. As blues clubs of the old days find themselves being replaced by a steady diet of seedy dance clubs and bars, one thing is for certain: Dave Specter and SPACE will do everything in their power to keep the blues alive.
The 12th annual Pitchfork Music Festival, taking place July 14-16 in Union Park, has announced its 2017 lineup. Friday acts include LCD Soundsystem, Dirty Projectors, Danny Brown, Thurston Moore, and Vince Staples. Saturday artists include A Tribe Called Quest, PJ Harvey, Angel Olsen, George Clinton, Madlib, and Arab Strap. Sunday acts include Solange, Nicolas Jaar, Ride, American Football, Isaiah Rashad, Hamilton Leithauser, Jamila Woods, Derrick Carter, and Joey Purp. This year will also feature a special event series curated by Solange’s label/art platform Saint Heron, including an onsite art installation, film screening, artist talks, and late-night jazz jam sessions taking place at various locations throughout Chicago during the festival. Festival tickets are available for $75 a day or $175 for a three-day pass.