Best shows to see: Green Music Fest, Nicholas Payton, the Garifuna Collective, Josephine Foster

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Look, Soundboard knows you're busy right now planning trips to all your favorite Best of Chicago discoveries (I'm looking at you, kimchi pancakes from the Little Goat). Just don't forget to leave some space in your schedule this weekend for live music. Some of these acts even play at (shameless plug) venues you might learn about from our Best of Chicago issue.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Green Music Fest takes over Wicker Park, with Manchester Orchestra, Everest, and Into It. Over It. among the acts on its two stages. The Chicago Gospel Music Festival kicks off today, running through Sunday at several locations, including Pritzker Pavilion and Ellis Park.

Tonight, Mucca Pazza play a free set at Double Door, Julian Lynch opens for Luyas at the Empty Bottle, and the Hideout hosts rising Chicago queer rapper Big Dipper. Bloodiest, Kings Destroy, and the Swan King perform at Bottom Lounge's Volcano Room in a showcase for new local label War Crime Recordings.

On Friday My Gold Mask headlines at the Hideout, while Sonny & the Sunsets top the bill at Beat Kitchen. The Maine double up for a two-night stand Friday and Saturday at Bottom Lounge. The band will also be at Reggie's on Saturday for a meet-and-greet.

Also on Saturday, Major Stars play Burlington, Sewingneedles play a free in-store at Saki, and Cheer-Accident returns from a two-year hiatus for an epic 90-minute set at the Mayne Stage.

Sunday the Hideout hosts its annual A Day in the Country mini festival, featuring two stages of the city's best country music along with classic southern cooking and, most important, pie. Tiger Hatchery also plays at Burlington with Zath.

More Soundboard picks after the jump:

Thu 6/20 through Sun 6/23: Nicholas Payton at the Jazz Showcase

Though Nicholas Payton dismisses the term "jazz," instead opting for "Black American Music." Peter Margasak writes that "his magnificent playing has earned him the right to call his music whatever he wants. His distorted electric piano creates a dark, smoldering vibe punctuated by psychedelic exploration, for a total effect that’s redolent of mid-70s Miles Davis." Catch Payton throughout the weekend with drummer Lenny White and bassist Vicente Archer, the trio that released #BAM Live at Bohemian Caverns earlier this year.

Fri 6/21: Garifuna Collective at the Old Town School

Though Belizean singer Andy Palacio passed away in 2008, the Garifuna Collective, who backed him on Watina, continues the good work of sharing the endangered Garifuna musical culture. "No one member can match its former leader’s charisma and soul, but together they do his legacy justice," writes Peter Margasak. "The music has some familiar Caribbean flavors—sometimes Cuban, sometimes reggae—but the stuttery grooves, characterized by forceful patterns on maracas and scraped turtle shells, are distinct to the Garifuna, who live in parts of Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Belize."

Fri 6/21: Josephine Foster at Constellation

Josephine Foster "hit her stride on last year’s Blood Rushing, an almost breezy dose of folk-rock," writes Peter Margasak. "Foster’s voice carves out its own space—spindly, pure, piercing, always in control—and her fluid phrasing settles wonderfully into the several songs that adopt a strummy post-Velvet Underground vibe, slipping into the cracks and getting caught on downbeats." She performs with her guitar-playing husband Victor Herrero and percussionist Michael Zerang.

Sat 6/22: Wrekmeister Harmonies at Bohemian National Cemetery

Yes, this is a concert in a cemetery. And for good reason. Wrekmeister Harmonies' new You've Always Meant So Much to Me, a recording of the 38-minute composition presented at the MCA in 2011, is sufficiently grim to warrant a stage of gravestones. "It begins with an eerie, slightly dissonant hum that casts into sharp relief its snippets of shrill strings, squeals of brass, and delicate harp—all of which eventually builds into a piercing and claustrophobic rattle," writes Leor Galil. "Things get so pressurized you’ll be dying for the thunderingly cathartic doom-metal climax minutes before it hits."

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