Downtown Sound Summer Series Line-Up

A note to the city of Chicago:  I don’t care what kind of ridiculous budget cuts you have to make in the future, given that the city’s got a gigantic budget deficit to make up for.  Please never, ever let go of Michael Orlove.  This guy has done a whole lot to energize downtown Chicago with music of all genres.  And best of all, it’s free.

This year’s schedule has been… leaked?  Announced?  Whatever, Jim DeRogatis posted it, and I’m pretty sure he’s usually right.

The schedule is below.  Of course, the one that everyone is flailing all over is the She & Him show.  I’m tempted to try to go to all of them.  I mean, it’s free.  Why not?  (Aside: whenever I saw Andrew Bird’s free show at Millennium Park in 2008, there were a lot of people there who were clearly just there because it was free, and were really really confused by the quirky guy with the violin.)

May 24: The Besnard Lakes with the Ponys
May 31: Hum with Volcano!
June 7: She and Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) with Hollows
June 14: Tony Allen with Great Lake Swimmers
June 21: The Books with Via Tania
June 28: Huntsville with On Fillmore and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline
July 5: The Thermals with Disappears
July 12: Caribou with Budos Band
July 19: Kid Sister with Konono No. 1
July 26: Naomi Shelton with Bomba Estereo

Tip of the hat to Gapers Block and Jim DeRogatis for the information.