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This weekend is the fourth Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival and the first Square Roots festival—the Old Town School’s beer-nerd-friendly street-fest successor to the Folk & Roots festival, which was held in Welles Park. Both include plenty of music: bookings at the former include Ana Tijoux, Nomo, Disappears, and the Yolks, and the latter features Sidi Toure, Orquesta el Macabeo, the Waco Brothers, and lots more.

Of course, those aren’t even the only festivals in town—I could just as easily have mentioned the Roscoe Village Burger Fest, the Taste of River North, the Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival, et cetera. And it goes without saying, I hope, that summer music doesn’t begin and end with outdoor fests. As usual Soundboard has the best and most interesting shows on lock. For a few great choices over the next several days, hit the jump:

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid and another in 2021 for Leor Galil's history of Neo, and he’s also split three national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and two (in 2020 and 2022) for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.