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: