It is almost upon us. And by almost, we mean still a little more than two months away, but nonetheless we are already salivating over this year's musical line up. AWOLNATION, Janelle Monáe, Nickel Creek, Jeff Tweedy and Aloe Blacc are just some of the performers that will be headlining the 34th Annual Taste of Chicago in Grant Park, July 9-13.
As always, admission is free and festival hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for seating at the Petrillo Music Shell are scheduled to go on sale on May 22 at the Taste of Chicago's website. Ticket prices will be announced at a later date.
AWOLNATION kicks off the Taste of Chicago on Wendnesday, July 9. Currently working on a second studio album, featuring songs "ThisKidsNotAlright" and "Some Kind of Joke," the electronic rock band is fronted by Aaron Bruno, formerly of Under the Influence of Giants, Hometown Hero and Insurgence.
Alternative rock band Saints of Valory is set to open for AWOLNATION. Hailing from Austin, Texas, the band's most recent album includes hit songs "Long Time Coming" and "Neon Eyes (Into the Deep)."
Janelle Monáe, award-winning songwriter, performer, producer and "avant-garde funkstress," will headline on Thursday, July 10 at the Petrillo Music Shell. Monáe most recently performed in Chicago for IPW 2014, headlining the opening night event.
Opening for Monáe on Thursday is Gary Clark Jr., soulful R&B crooner and 2014 Grammy® Award winner for "Best Traditional R&B Performance."
Root music trio Nickel Creek celebrates 25 years as a group and returns to the stage at Taste of Chicago after a seven-year hiatus. Nickel Creek performs on Friday, July 11, performing hits from their popular albums like "This Side," 2002 Grammy® winner for "Best Contemporary Folk Album."
Saturday's headliner is Chicago's own Jeff Tweedy, one of America's most accomplished musicians. Founder and leader of Wilco, Tweedy brings his brand of contemporary rock to the Taste of Chicago main stage, pulling from an impressive library of music to perform.
Rounding out the weekend on Sunday is headliners Aloe Blacc and reggae group the Wailers. Aloe Blacc sang and co-wrote mega-hit pop song "Wake Me Up" with Swedish DJ Avicii, a track that hit #1 in 102 countries and garnered more than 320 million views on YouTube.
The Wailers celebrate the 30th anniversary of their album "Legends," featuring some of their greatest hits. Best known for their collaboration with legend Bob Marley, the Wailers are considered by many to be the greatest representation of Jamaica's reggae tradition today.
For more details on this year's Taste of Chicago headliners and information about the festival, visit tasteofchicago.us. Follow Taste of Chicago on Twitter @TasteofChi2014 and keep up with updates on the festival's Facebook page, and get hungry for some good eats and sweet tunes!