The city has revamped its summer lakefront festival plan in an attempt to plug their annual budget shortfalls, and as we reported in February that meant Taste of Chicago would remain free (a lone bid to privatize it was turned down) but would fold in smaller festivals as daily programming themes and focus on local acts.
This weekend the Chicago Park District announced the music lineup at this summer's Taste, and it looks pretty much like any other Taste bill from the last several years -- some names, some curiosities, on a couple of days certainly more exciting than last year's.
Here's the full slate of acts June 24-July 3 at the Petrillo Music Shell ...
Viva! Chicago Latin Music Day (replacing the Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival)
featuring Los Horoscopos de Durango
Gospel Music Day (replacing the Gospel Music Festival)
featuring the Rev. Milton Brunson's Thompson Community Singers with Donald Lawrence
Broadway in Chicago features the casts of "Beauty and the Beast," "Million Dollar Quartet," "West Side Story," "Mary Poppins," "Memphis," "The Addams Family" and more
The Lemonheads with Material Reissue
Celtic Music Day (replacing the Celtic Music Festival)
featuring Natalie MacMaster with Liz Carroll & John Doyle, and John Williams
Country Music Day (replacing the Country Music Festival)
featuring Loretta Lynn with the Court Yard Hounds (Martie Mcguire and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks)
The Jayhawks with Everest
Greyson Chance with Shane Harper
For more information, visit the Taste of Chicago site.