Like going to music festivals!
Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the end of festival season in Chicago, and this year it's a pretty spectacular finale. There's the Chicago Jazz Festival, which started this afternoon and runs all weekend. There's the oddball (but excellently curated) jam band/EDM/hip-hop mashup known as the North Coast Music Festival. There's the African Festival of the Arts, featuring George Clinton and an ambitious mix of R&B, house, jazz, international music, and a few other genres. If you're in need of more distraction, Soundboard suggests shows by Deep Heat, Pugs Atomz, Gatekeeper, Puffy Areolas, Stone Temple Pilots, and more. And in the one feature in this week's issue that isn't strictly about upcoming live music, Gossip Wolf has bad news about the Disappears/Steve Shelley connection and good news for local fans of competitive air guitar.
Back to the misery!