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Summer in Chicago means music flows everywhere, inside clubs and concert venues and through the streets and neighborhoods. Check out these great upcoming shows for your summer music fix, including a FREE festival that celebrates the season by presenting concerts all across the city for one music-filled day.

king sunny ade

As one of the most influential musicians in Africa, King Sunny Ade attracts fans from all over the world who thrill at the infectious sound of polyrhythmic music called Juju. Dubbed the "Minister of Enjoyment," his shows with his 20-30 member band, the African Beats, produce a hypnotic spectacle of color and rhythm that should not be missed. After a disappointing cancellation last year because of global Visa issues, Ade will return to Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion on July 18 for a highly anticipated performance.

Shemekia

As the city's largest music festival and the largest blues festival in the world, the FREE Chicago Blues Festival supplies a mind-boggling array of the genre in all of its forms. From June 10-12, the city, dubbed "The Blues Capital of the World", will celebrate its significant heritage, attracting an expected 500,000 blues fans to Grant Park over the course of 3 days. With 4 stages, plus a dedicated "street stage", its easy to get overwhelmed with all of the choices. Here's a breakdown of highlights not to miss:

Jamiah Rogers at Buddy Guy's Legends
 
It's been a long time coming but after years of playing talent competitions, all ages shows and special performances, Chicago blues young gun Jamiah Rogers will headline at the famed downtown club Buddy Guy's Legends on May 31. At 21 years old, the musician has sharpened his guitar- and song-writing skills to rival much more seasoned artists. Performing since he was three years old, Rogers injects a freshness to the Chicago blues sound that engages everyone who hears him play.
Reckless Records in Wicker Park ChicagoWith a rich musical history that's nurtured blues, jazz, rock, soul, house and gospel, Chicago has long been a crate diggers paradise. But the recent closings of legendary Jazz Record Mart and Shake Rattle & Read has prompted speculation on the relevance of record shops.

Well, Chicago's record stores continue to thrive and are gearing up for Record Store Day 2016 coming up Saturday, April 16. Most neighborhoods boast their own vinyl meccas and here are some of the best record stores across the city.

J is for Jazz: Exploring Chicago A to Z

Monday, April 11, 2016 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Green Mill Jazz Club Chicago

While jazz can certainly sometimes can play second saxophone to the blues in Chicago, it has a long and storied tradition that stretches back to Louis Armstrong’s arrival in the city in the 1920s. Since that time, the city’s jazz scene has served as a proving ground for a galaxy of luminaries, including Gene Ammons, Eddie Harris, Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, and countless others who have come from Dubuque to Dubai to test their mettle.

Badi Assad

Carnival season may be over but music lovers can still enjoy the Brazilian rhythms of singer-songwriter Badi Assad. The influential Brazilian musician, who hails from a noted family of artists, brings her innovative guitar stylings to Old Town School of Folk Music on March 2 for their World Music Wednesdays series.

Wild Hare Chicago

Chi-town might be more associated with blues and jazz but the city also boasts a robust offering of reggae music. Whether you like to sway to classic lovers rock or "wine up" to dancehall beats, Chicago has you covered. Although many bars and clubs include reggae in their regular music mix, these are the Chicago spots to experience non-stop reggae, Red Stripes included.

Summerdance

Chicago has long been an international dance destination for its wide variety of foot friendly venues, big and small, where anyone who loves to boogie can find the right fit for their needs. But with summer months here, you may be hoping to take advantage of the few glorious weeks we get of warm weather when it comes time to cut a rug. The good news is that Chicago boasts a bevy of outdoor opportunities to get down in the great outdoors!

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