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It's a busy weekend in Chicago with both the Chicago International Music and Movies Festival and Lake FX Summit coming to town. The two city-wide events are working in tandem to bring international talent to Chicago to share their experiences, work and knowledge.

It's nice to know that with so many high-profile individuals and events in the city this weekend, there's still plenty of focus on what we have to offer right here at home. Lake FX and CIMMFest's free Listen Local Showcase serves that exact purpose.

The series kicks off tonight, April 16, at The Mid (306 N. Halsted St.) with a jazz showcase. Performers include jazz act Next Generation, the sultry Fox and the Hounds and Lili K (pictured above)—whose upcoming debut album Ruby could very well be one of the best releases Chicago sees this year. The musicians will be joined onstage by visual projections from Liviu Pasare of Stoptime Live Projections. You must be 21 or older to attend. The first band will go on at 7 p.m.

Tomorrow, April 17, the series continues with the spotlight turning to Chicago gospel and blues. Head to Uptown Underground (4707 N. Broadway Ave.). Tone RossReggie Royal & Judah and Ryan Booker will bring their fresh, Chicago-style takes on worship music to the stage. Dave HerreroDavy Knowlesand Train Company will be playing ambassador to the blues music that put our city on the map. The show begins at 7 p.m.

Listen Local winds down on Saturday, April 18, but it won't go out with a whisper. An urban music showcase will be held at Art Department gallery (1932 S. Halsted) in the Pilsen neighborhood with live shows from Chance The Rapper collaborator Brian Fresco, house DJ Garrett David, rapper Martin $ky, one man band Netherfriends and rock ‘n' roll soul collective The O'My's. Music starts at 7 p.m.

All three shows are absolutely free and, in fact, the entire Lake FX Summit (with panels focusing on music, the culinary arts, fashion and visual art) is free to attend with registration