Winds of Plague is playing Warped Tour
Winds of Plague is playing Warped Tour Credit: Hristo Shindov

Warped Tour

The festival that’s been providing suburban teens with their first cases of heatstroke since 1995 returns with its usual massive lineup—this year it’s seven stages of punk, ska, rock, metalcore, screamo, hip-hop, and more. Among the fest’s main-stage acts are long-running ska-punks Less Than Jake, radio-ready Canadians Simple Plan, crabcore pioneers Attack Attack!, and frequently shirtless Hawaiians Pepper. Other notable bands include Winds of Plague, Foxy Shazam, Grieves, Black Veil Brides, Blood on the Dance Floor, Aggrolites, Set Your Goals, the Acacia Strain, Unwritten Law, Hellogoodbye, Lucero, Big D & the Kids Table, and Relient K. Set order will be determined on the day of the show. Sat 7/9, 11:30 AM, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 866-448-7849,, $37.50, $29.50 in advance.

Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic

The 21st annual Chosen Few picnic brings together Chicago house-music veterans for a 12-hour blitz of beats this Saturday. The Chosen Few DJs—including Wayne Williams, Alan King, Tony Hatchett, and Terry Hunter—will be on hand, along with house pioneer Frankie Knuckles and Ten City. And why wouldn’t there be a cruise the night before? The first-ever Old School House Cruise, also featuring the Chosen Few DJs (among many others), departs from Navy Pier on Fri 7/8 at 11 PM; details are at The DJs will also spin at the Shrine on Sun 7/10 (starting at 9 PM) as part of the club’s weekly “Bang!” series. Sat 7/9, 8 AM-8 PM, 63rd and Hayes,, $10, free for children under 12.

Irish American Heritage Festival

The 26th annual Irish American Heritage Festival features five stages of music, and this year’s big names include the Tossers, Gaelic Storm, McPeake, the Mickey Finns, the Dooley Brothers, Baal Tinne, and the Shannon Rovers. The fest also hosts Irish-themed activities, both traditional and otherwise: Irish dance demos, sing-alongs, plays, language lessons, the Hooley Hook-Up matchmaking event, the always amazing mashed-potato-eating contest, and more. 7/8-7/10, Fri 6 PM-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-11 PM, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, 773-282-7035,, $14, $8 in advance (through 7/7), $7 seniors, free for children 12 and under.

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

The two stages at this year’s Roscoe Village Burger Fest play host to a mixed bag of bands, including Foghat, the Smithereens, Otter Petter, Super Happy Fun Club, Canasta, and Todd Carey. Local burger vendors will of course be on hand peddling their wares, each trying to sway attendees to vote its burger the favorite of the fest. 7/9-7/10, 11 AM-10 PM, Belmont between Damen and Leavitt, 773-327-5123,, $6 suggested donation.