• Miranda Lambert

This weekend’s Chicago Country Music Festival has moved for the second time in as many years. Last year it vacated its slot in the middle of Taste of Chicago in favor of an October weekend on the Soldier Field parkland. Now it’s back in Grant Park, but that’s not the real news—though the fest’s biggest names are, as usual, country-radio staples, its 2009 lineup is the best in years, with two scrappy headliners as good as anything Nashville has to offer these days.