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Taste's ticketed lineup (Death Cab, Dierks Bentley, J-Hud, more) and Millennium Park music

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Taste of Chicago 2012 will be half as long and thus feature half as many main-stage music acts. But with tickets now charged for seats in the Petrillo Music Shell, shouldn't that mean a higher caliber of artist?

Judge for yourself: The city announced today four of the five acts scheduled to perform at this year's post-July 4 Taste in Grant Park -- Jennifer Hudson (July 11), Death Cab for Cutie (July 12), Chaka Khan (July 14) and Dierks Bentley (July 15).

A fifth performer is still TBA for July 13. The July 14 show will be a free concert for children presented by Radio Disney.

On Wednesday, the city council approved a plan to charge $25 tickets for the 3,000 seats in front of the Petrillo Music Shell. The lawn beyond, with a capacity of 30,000, remains free, as does the overall chow fest.

In years past, sight lines from the lawn have been pretty good, and the big video screen will be there this year, too. A city spokesperson said this week that the new ticketing procedures should not dictate any higher fences that would disrupt lawn viewing.

The $25 question, though: Will you pay for the up-close seats?

What the 2012 lineup lacks in variety, it mostly makes up for in quality.

Hudson surprised Taste-goers in 2008, joining fellow "American Idol" alum Fantasia. Alt-pop band Death Cab for Cutie just this week sold out two nights at the Chicago Theatre. Khan is a local R&B legend (which also translates as: ho hum). Country star Dierks Bentley might be the hottest Taste ticket.

The latter two certainly won't be competition for the indie-rock Pitchfork Music Festival, which runs the same weekend in Chicago's Union Park.

The $25 price is a bargain, too. By comparison, Bentley's arena show near Seattle this weekend costs $35 a ticket, and the two Death Cab shows this week ran $29.50-$49.50.

The city says information about how to purchase Taste music tickets will be available by mid-May.

Millennium music

Following its teaser announcement last month about some Downtown Sound acts and a new concert series, Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has announced the full schedule of free music this summer in Millennium Park.

The popular Downtown Series, focusing on indie-rock and pop, returns Memorial Day weekend, followed by a new slate: Loops and Variations, a series of six concerts that mix new music with electronica.

Here's the complete schedule of concerts, all of which take place in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion:

Downtown Sound

Monday, May 28, 6:30 p.m.
Kelly Hogan + Scott Lucas and the Married Men

Monday, June 4, 6:30 p.m.
Jonathan Richman + Joel Paterson and the Modern Sounds

Monday, June 11, 6:30 p.m.
The Eternals + Wild Belle

Monday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.
Cloud Cult + Judson Claiborne

Monday, June 25, 6:30 p.m.
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International + Chico Trujillo

Monday, July 2, 6:30 p.m.
Joan of Arc + Daniel Knox

Monday, July 9, 6:30 p.m.
The Sadies + James Vincent McMorrow

Monday, July 16, 6:30 p.m.
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires + Abigail Washburn

Monday, July 23, 6:30 p.m.
Ana Tijoux + Sidi Touré

Monday, July 30, 6:30 p.m.
SMOD + M.A.K.U. Soundsystem

Loops And Variations

Thursday, June 7, 6:30 p.m.
Chris Clark, Jan Jelinek and Andrew Pekler, and Casino Versus Japan

Thursday, June 14, 6:30 p.m.
Deerhoof and Ensemble Dal Niente

Thursday, June 28, 6:30 p.m.
eighth blackbird

Thursday, July 5, 6:30 p.m.
A Winged Victory for the Sullen and ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble)

Thursday, July 12, 6:30 p.m.
Third Coast Percussion

Sunday, August 26, 5:30 pm
John Luther Adams' Inuksuit

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Chaka Khan is known...Very well known..You know ALL of her music. "Tell Me Something Good" "Ain't Nobody" "Sweet Thing" "Through The Fire" "I'm Every Woman"...ETC...ETC...ETC...Don't try to come at that legend's head. You can come at ANY other artist, but you will NOT disrespect that 10 time grammy award winner. Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Recipient, Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame Nominee..ETC...ETC...ETC...You will NOT!

Excellent. $25 is a bargain for DCFC. Just saw the show Tuesday night, and their just as good live as they are on the album. Totally worth the $25. Having 2nd row Pitt was pretty kick butt also. :D

It's ridiculous that Umphrey's McGee hasn't been asked back to the Taste since the last time they played there 5 years ago.

They should actually be playing at Millenium Park...Imagine these lights on the Pavillion. thanks.

really? 10-time grammy award winner described as "ho-hum"? Referring to Chaka Khan as a local, but not Hudson? 2012 lineup lacks in variety? Pop (hudson), indie (death cab), R&B (khan), and country (bentley) isn't enough variety? You may need to check your dictionary. What a dolt, but what do you expect from this crappy blogger.

if you don't know who Jonathan Richman is you need to go back to school.

Chico Trujillo is an amazing band from Chile, I encourage anyone who likes lively music to be there on June 25th. I promise you will not be disappointed!



Dierks Bentley is definitely worth $25!

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