Final summer jam
Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, as well as the outdoor concert season, but it's all going out with a bang for suburbanites. The Naperville Jaycees are bringing Sister Hazel, Poi Dog Pondering and The Gin Blossoms to Naperville on Saturday, part of the group's annual Last Fling event. A lineup like that means you can say goodbye to the summer music season in style!
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Sister Hazel will perform at 4 p.m.; Poi Dog Pondering will perform at 6 p.m.; and The Gin Blossoms will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Main Stage on Rotary Hill in Naperville. $15. Go to lastfling.org.
Another way to cap off the summer music season is to head out to the North Coast Music Festival taking place all weekend in Chicago. The lineup offers an eclectic mix of sounds, from the offbeat indie pop of Of Montreal to the literate hip-hop of Chicago native Common.
The North Coast Music Festival runs Friday through Sunday, Sept. 2-4, at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph, Chicago. $45 per day (weekend passes sold out). Go to northcoastfestival.com.
Billboard has released a list of its 100 most anticipated pop albums for fall 2011. Plenty of heavy hitters are on the list, including Chicago indie/country/rock band Wilco (new album "The Whole Love" out in September), country star LeAnn Rimes ("Lady & Gentleman" out in September), even ageless crooner Tony Bennett ("Duets II" in September). See the full list at billboard.com.