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Sigh, another tepid Taste of Chicago music lineup, another longing glance at Milwaukee's supercool Summerfest. But hey, we eat the turkey legs we're dealt, eh?

Here's who's playing Chicago's annual munchfest, beginning this weekend ...

Friday: It's '80s old-school rap night, featuring the return of Salt-N-Pepa. (Kids, did you like "Push It" on "Glee"? They did that.) Cheryl Williams ("Salt"), Sandra Denton ("Pepa") and Deidra "Dee Dee" Roper (DJ Spinderalla) have reteamed for a summer go-round, and the bill also packs in Rob Base, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh and Bell Biv Devoe, yo. 5:30 p.m.

Saturday: Gavin Rossdale (Mr. Gwen Stefani) no longer beats around the Bush but still tours as a solo act. He's still very beautiful, and his music's still very butch. 5:30 p.m., with Band From TV.

Sunday: Radio Disney is behind this new blond teen starlet, Emily Osment. That's right, it's Hannah Montana's best friend Lilly Truscott. She just released a chirpy new single, "Let's Be Friends." 3 p.m., with Allstar Weekend.

Monday: Each year, Broadway in Chicago brings solos and ensembles from its current shows to class up the Taste stage. 6 p.m.

Tuesday: Los Lobos recently canceled a performance in Arizona in protest of that state's controversial new immigration law. But they'll be at Taste with co-headliners Los Lonely Boys. That's a cool double-bill of Latin rock. 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Fresh off a co-headlining run alongside Ingrid Michaelson, Mat Kearney is out on his own this summer, including this Taste show. Fellow guy-with-guitar Brett Dennen opens. 5:30 p.m.

Thursday: Seems every time we look up this summer, Trey Songz is on a festival bill. The soulful young singer was just at the Kiss 103.5-FM Fantabuloso concert, and now he's back. 5:30 p.m., with Teairra Mari.

July 2: The biggest pop name at Taste this year is soft-rock peddler and occasional "Real Time With Bill Maher" guest Rob Thomas. Expect solo and matchbox 20 hits galore. 5:30 p.m.

July 3: Howl it with me: wanh-wanh! Steve Miller's distinctive guitar rallies the revelers for the July 4 weekend. He'll also likely unveil tunes from his upcoming album of Chicago blues classics. 3 p.m.

July 4: Celebrate America's birth with new Massachusetts electro-rock band Passion Pit. Also on the holiday bill: the far more exciting steel guitar fire of Robert Randolph and the Family Band; he's just joined the ranks of artists produced by T-Bone Burnett. Noon, with Carney.

All concerts take place in Grant Park's Petrillo Music Shell, at Jackson and Columbus, and all shows are free.

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