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.