John Hancock Summer Concert Series - Julian Bell

It seems like during Chicago summers, there is always a free concert within walking distance. Now you can add another to your list with the Summer Concert Series at John Hancock Center Plaza, presented by Music Dealers and HEARN. The shows take place every Thursday through September 10 from 5-7 p.m., and are free for all to enjoy at the foot of one of Chicago's greatest landmarks.

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Only in its second year, this concert series promises to be an essential, inviting established local acts as well as burgeoning national talent to grace its stage. While Grant Park and Pritzker Pavilion play host to a diverse range of world music, the Summer Concert Series at the Hancock Center will focus more on the indie rock spectrum, perfect for younger fans and casual listening.

Among the highlights are local rockers Carbon Tigers, who are making a name for themselves around Chicago as a talented, energetic group of musicians. They take the stage at the Hancock Center Plaza tonight, June 25. Another homegrown band to watch, Zaramela, will close things out July 30 with their unique blend of funk, jazz and rap.

Other musicians featured in the Hancock Center series include Todd Kessler and the New Folk, who gained notoriety from his appearance on NBC's "The Voice." Look for him August 13. The Little Indians and singer/songwriter Jamie Lono round out the current lineup on August 27, but even more bands are still being added. Check out the full list of bands on the Summer Concert Series website and be sure to check back often as more acts are announced.

Julian Bell, photo courtesy of Music Dealers