Omar Souleyman
  • Hisham Bharoocha
  • Omar Souleyman

The Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events has just announced the lineup for this year’s Downtown Sound series, which takes place every Monday evening at 6:30 PM from June 2 through August 11 (with the exception of July 28) at Pritzker Pavilion. All concerts are free. The programming is impressively diverse, making space for some of the international music offerings that were lost when the city shit-canned the Music Without Borders series a couple of years ago, with sets by Omar Souleyman on June 9 and Noura Mint Seymali on July 14. The lineup also makes room for veteran rocker Richard Thompson (on June 16—followed by a screening of Wes Anderson’s Rushmore). Check out the full lineup after the jump.

June 2: Robbie Fulks, Funeral Bonsai Wedding

June 9: Omar Souleyman, Joshua Abrams’ Natural Information Society

June 16
: Richard Thompson and his Electric Trio

June 23
: Bob Mould, Split Single

June 30: My Brightest Diamond, White Mystery

July 7: Joe Pug, Hurray for the Riff Raff

July 14: Noura Mint Seymali, Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub

July 21: headliner TBA, Pillars & Tongues

August 4: Maps & Atlases, Wooden Shjips

August 11: Russian Circles, Colin Stetson

Today’s playlist:

Antoine Beuger, s’approcher s’eloigner s’absenter (ErstLive)
Detroit Emeralds, Do Me Right/You Want It You Got It (Westbound/Ace)
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, More Behind the Picture Than the Wall (Rounder)
Randy Weston, Destry Rides Again (Liberty, Japan)
Parno Graszt, Járom az Utam (Fono)