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The rapper-songwriter-producerheadlines the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park at 7:30 p.m. June 9. Ke$ha shares the bill. $25-$140. Visit ticketmaster.com.
The CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL (June 6-9) is celebrating a storied musical road this year. The fest's overall theme focuses on music's journey from the Mississippi Delta to the legendary blues clubs of Chicago.
Headliners include: Shemekia Copeland, Bobby Rush and his Blues Band, Eddie Shaw, Larry McCray, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Otis Clay, the Bar-Kays and so many more.
The fest is free and it takes place in Millennium Park (June 6) and Grant Park (June 7-9).
More information and a complete schedule of performers can be found at www.chicagobluesfestival.us.
IT'S A FIESTA!
The Fiesta Back of the Yards takes place along 47th Street, between Ashland and Damen, June 7-9. The cultural celebratoin features area merchants, food vendors, artisans, carnival rides, raffles and three stages of live entertainment. $50-$55. Hours vary. Visit bync.org.
PIVOT MULTI-ARTS FESTIVAL
Mucca Pazza, the 28-piece, punk marching band that thinks it's a rock 'n' roll band and is known to incite mass dance outbreaks, performa at 8 p.m. June 8 as part of the monthlong Pivot Multi-Arts Festival. Ami Saraiya opens.$15. FLATStheatre, 1050 W. Wilson. For a complete schedule of theater, music, dance, puppetry, community picnics and the rest of the fest, visit www.pivotarts.org.
The Features will perform at this weekend's Chicago Rib Fest.
DID SOMEONE SAY RIBS?
It's the 15th year for Chicago Rib Fest, one of Chicago's biggest street parties, featuring more than 50,000 pounds of pork and as many attendees over the three-day music/food extravanza, June 7-9, from 5 to 10 p.m. at Lincoln, Irving Park and Damen. Local grillmasters will be back to win the coveted "best of the fest" barbecue rib crown. Indie rockers The Features are among the musical lineup. The fest's "Kids Square" also returns for hours and hours of fun and music tailormade for the kiddies. Visit www.ribfest-chicago.com for all the specifics.