A look ahead at shows worth seeing (and hearing) this week ...
The No. 1 DJ in the world returns to raise the roof (possibly literally) at the Congress, ahead of a summer full of festival bookings, the return of the Electric Daisy Carnival and a residency in Las Vegas. The Frenchman knows he'll be in the motherland this weekend: "It's interesting because [dance] music was born in Chicago with house music and Detroit with techno, and we took it in Europe and turned it into something trendy and cool, crossing-over and playing it on the radio," he recently told the Hollywood Reporter.
At 7:30 p.m. May 25 at the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee. Tickets: $48.50-$125. Call (773) 276-1235; congresschicago.com.
The city's annual free Downtown Sound concert series kicks off Monday evening with two underappreciated local heroes: Kelly Hogan, the former Rock*A*Teen longtime Chicago omnipresence, and Scott Lucas & the Married Men, the rootsy side of Local H's Lucas. Both have new albums due on June 5: Hogan's "I Like to Keep Myself in Pain," and "Blood Half Moon" from Lucas' Married Men.
At 6:30 p.m. May 28 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Admission is free. Visit the site.
FESTIVAL OF ALOHA
Celebrate the beginning of summer this weekend with the Festival of Aloha, a series of concerts dedicated to the traditions of native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. In other words, slack-key guitar, ukulele, drums and more. Shows revolve around Grammy winner Daniel Ho, with different guests each night, including Jason Arimoto, Kumu Puanani Edgar & Nani Edgar, and Darlene Ahuna.
At 7:30 p.m. May 25-27 at the Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N. Lincoln. Tickets: $10-$25. Call (773) 728-6000; oldtownschool.org.
SUMMER CAMP MUSIC FESTIVAL
Road trip? Near Peoria, in the lakeside town of Chillicothe, is this annual three-day, alt-rock and jam-centric festival. This year's lineup features moe., Umphrey's McGee, Jane's Addiction, Pretty Lights, Primus, Common, Gov't Mule, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gogol Bordello, G. Love & Special Sauce, Leftover Salmon and many more.
Music begins at 11 a.m. each day May 25-27 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Ill. Tickets: Three-day passes are $215, and some single-day tickets for Sunday are available for $74.80, fees included. Visit summercampfestival.com.
The perennial dance party from moonlighting DJs Bob Mould (yes, he of alt-rock's Husker Du and Sugar fame) and producer Richard Morel returns for another late night of current and classic mixes.
At 11 p.m. May 26 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Tickets: $16. Call (800) 514-ETIX; metrochicago.com.
POI DOG PONDERING
Having wrung out a whopping amount of nostalgia last fall with a double-header of the constantly evolving band's Austin and Chicago years, this weekend's back-to-back shows showcase all the beat-girded, organically urban Chicago side of Poi Dog Pondering. A study in diversification without selling souls -- featuring music, film, costumery and maybe a wicked moustache -- a PDP concert usually is a treat for all senses.
At 9 p.m. May 26-27 at Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee. Tickets: $25-$75. Call (773) 489-3160; doubledoor.com.