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Downtown Sound Releases 2015 Lineup— Is It Summer Yet?

By Danette Chavez in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 30, 2015 4:10PM

In the dead of winter, Chicagoans whisper these precious words to ourselves: "The summer is so beautiful here, the summer will be worth it." It's not just a winter mantra— our summers offer so much to long-suffering residents and lucky visitors alike, from neighborhood festivals to free concert series. And you won't have to wait much longer to indulge— Mayfest is just around the corner and Millennium Park's Downtown Sound has released the lineup for its June and July concert series..

This summer's performers include Brooklyn-based ensemble San Fermin, who play Lincoln Hall next week; cumbia-fusionistas OndatrĂ³pica; and Jamaican icons The Mighty Diamonds. There will be lots of local talent featured, including Andrew Belle and Birds of Chicago on the third night of the series and Third Coast Percussion have the June 25 spot. If you;re feeling a bit nostalgic, you can even see Chicago transplants Poi Dog Pondering on the last Monday in June.

In the past Downtown Sound shows were on Mondays only, but the series has been expanded to include Thursday concerts this year. Shows start at 6:30 p.m., except for the July 9 Judah & the Lion show which will start at 8 p.m. So dig out your picnic baskets and blankets and check out the complete lineup below.

Monday, June 1: San Fermin; So Percussion
Thursday, June 4: The Very Best; Glass Lux
Monday, June 8: Andrew Belle; Birds of Chicago
Thursday, June 11: The London Souls; Eggnoise
Monday, June 15: Mighty Diamonds; Charley Organaire
Thursday, June 18: Hayes Carll; Mother Falcon
Monday, June 22: Active Child; Matt Ulery's In the Ivory
Thursday, June 25: Snarky Puppy; Third Coast Percussion & Friends Celebrate Terry Riley's In C
Monday, June 29: Poi Dog Pondering; Caroline Smith
Thursday, July 2: Antibalas; Sonny Knight & the Lakers
Monday, July 6: King Sunny Ade; Matthew Tembo
Thursday, July 9: Judah & the Lion
Monday, July 13: Matthew Sweet; In Tall Buildings
Thursday, July 16: OndatrĂ³pica; Helado Negro
Monday, July 20: Murder by Death; Banditos
Thursday, July 23: Los Cojolites; David Wax Museum