San Fermin
  • Denny Renshaw
  • San Fermin

This morning the city released the lineup for the 2015 season of Downtown Sound, the free concert series that happens at Pritzker Pavilion. In the past Downtown Sound was just one of several series focused on different styles, but this year everything—apart from the annual Made in Chicago jazz series—has been folded into the Downtown Sound rubric. Instead of only Monday night shows, the series will take place on Thursdays as well. There are some exciting pairings, such as the season opener featuring the arty pop ensemble San Fermin and the innovative new-music group So Percussion. There are some great international offerings, including Nigerian juju legend King Sunny Ade, reggae vets Mighty Diamonds, and the killer old-school cumbia project organized by Quantic’s Will Holland called Ondatrópica. Rock shows like Poi Dog Pondering and Matthew Sweet seem less inspired, geared more toward Ravinia-style nostalgia than the more forward-looking bookings in years past. There are a fair number of locals featured, including bassist Matt Ulery, In Tall Buildings, Glass Lux, Birds of Chicago, Andrew Belle, and Third Coast Percussion, the latter of whom are pulling together a slew of contemporary classical folks to perform Terry Riley’s classic In C. All shows start at 6:30 PM, unless otherwise noted. The full lineup is below.

Monday, June 1: San Fermin/So Percussion
Thursday, June 4: The Very Best/Glass Lux
Monday, June 8: Andrew Belle/Birds of Chicago
Thursday, June 11: The London Souls/Eggnoise
Monday, June 15: Mighty Diamonds/Charley Organaire
Thursday, June 18: Hayes Carll/Mother Falcon
Monday, June 22: Active Child/Matt Ulery‘s In the Ivory
Thursday, June 25: Snarky Puppy/Third Coast Percussion & Friends Celebrate Terry Riley’s In C
Monday, June 29: Poi Dog Pondering/Caroline Smith
Thursday, July 2: Antibalas/Sonny Knight & the Lakers
Monday, July 6: King Sunny Ade/Matthew Tembo
Thursday, July 9: (8 PM start) Judah & the Lion
Monday, July 13: Matthew Sweet/In Tall Buildings
Thursday, July 16: Ondatrópica/Helado Negro
Monday, July 20: Murder by Death/Banditos
Thursday, July 23: Los Cojolites/David Wax Museum

Today’s playlist:

Margareth Kammerer, Why is the Sea So Blue (Mikroton)
1982 & BJ Cole, 1982 + BJ Cole (Hubro)
Various artists, Qat, Coffee & Qambus: Raw 45s From Yemen (Dust-to-Digital)
Willie Colón, Crime Pays (Fania)
Begnagrad, Begnagrad (MIO)