Friday, June 27, 2008

Food Isn't the Only Thing That Rocks at Taste of Chicago

That yearly food-filled cattle herd known as the Taste of Chicago is upon us again, and even if you're like me and say you won't go this year to avoid the crowd, you know you'll end up going at least once. While eating is, of course, number one on the Taste agenda, there's plenty of live music to see in between food booth stops. In addition to main stage super acts such as Stevie Wonder, Plain White T's and Bonnie Raitt, there are some great local bands to be heard during the festival's run. Here's a rundown of menu highlights for Tastegoers with a palate for home-brewed rock:

(All bands below are playing at the Taste stage)

Saturday, June 28

My My My
When: 12-12:45 p.m.
What: Catchy folk-pop with enough bite to keep things interesting
Sample: "Look at Me"

Dago Red
When: 1:30-2:15
What: Crunchy, straight-up adrenaline-pumping rock
Sample: "Outta Control"

Tuesday, July 1

When: 1:30-2:15 p.m.
What: Rollicking alt-country
Sample: "Voodoo Train"

The Frantic
When: 4:30-5:15 p.m.
What: Pop-punk with loads of hooks
Sample: "Audio and Murder"

Wednesday, July 2

Ditchweed Diesel
When: 12-12:45 p.m.
What: Strummy, mellow roots-rock
Sample: "Breathe"

Thursday, July 3

Mike Mangione
When: 12-12:45 p.m.
What: Soul-infused folk-rock
Sample: "You Don't Wanna Leave"

Friday, July 4

When: 12-12:45 p.m.
What: Infectious power pop
Sample: "Lather"

Ash Avenue
When: 1:30-2:15 p.m.
What: Melodic indie rock. Frisbie fans should stick around for them.
Sample: "Trash Romance"

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