One of the biggest recent successes in pop music is Katy Perry, she of the movie-star looks, offbeat style and uncanny knack for creating catchy pop hooks. Perry makes a stop in the suburbs this weekend as part of her California Dreams tour.
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7:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $35, $45. Go to ticketmaster.com.
The punk-pop band Local H, consisting of Lake County natives Scott Lucas and Brian St. Clair, will dig deep into its catalog during a Friday show at Chicago's Empty Bottle. The band will avoid its hits during the show, concentrating instead on lesser-known tracks (a.k.a "deep cuts") from their albums. Fans of Local H hits shouldn't despair, though. The band also will headline West Fest, a street festival on Damen Avenue, the following day, and plans a "normal" show then. Local H is known for its intense live act, so consider catching the band this weekend.
10 p.m. Friday, July 8, at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago. $15. Go to emptybottle.com. West Fest show scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Main Stage, Damen and Chicago avenues, Chicago. $5 donation requested. westfestchicago.com.
The caravan rolls in
The Dave Matthews Band Caravan is making just four stops this summer, and one of them will be along the Chicago lakefront. The Caravan is a three-day music festival featuring more than three dozen acts that cross genre lines. The Dave Matthews Band will play all three days. Other bands on the schedule include suburban native Liz Phair, The Drive-by Truckers, hip-hop artist Kid Cudi and alt-country heroes The Jayhawks.
Friday through Sunday, July 8-10, at Lakeside, 8555 S. Green Bay Ave., Chicago. $85 per day, $195 for a three-day pass. dmbcaravan.com.