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Concertline: David Guetta, Kelly Hogan, Aloha fest, more

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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;

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.

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;

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

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;

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;

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