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Music notes: Holiday heralds a weekend of rock

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Festival rock

Many suburbs are holding their summer festivals through the weekend, and live music is a big part of them. Among the bigger shows coming up are former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash at Ribfest in Naperville; former Poison frontman Bret Michaels at Frontier Days in Arlington Heights; and classic rockers .38 Special at Northwest Fourth Fest in Hoffman Estates. Lots of additional music is on tap as well. If you're looking for live music close to home this weekend, consider stopping by one of these summer fests.

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Slash performs at 8 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Ribfest, located at Knoch Park in Naperville. Fest charges $15 admission. Go to Bret Michaels performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Frontier Days, located at Recreation Park in Arlington Heights. Free. Go to .38 Special performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6, outside the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Free. Go to

Generations combine

Musician and artist David Byrne came to fame as the frontman of the Talking Heads, one of the key bands of the late-1970s New Wave scene in New York. St. Vincent, the stage name of singer-songwriter-musician Annie Clark, is one of indie rock's new critical darlings. The two collaborated on an album last year, "Love This Giant," and they'll be performing together this weekend at Ravinia.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Ravinia, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. Tickets start at $32. Go to

Do you 'Believe'?

Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber will bring his soulful singing, infectious pop melodies and all those dance moves to the United Center next week. Bieber, perhaps the biggest success story of the YouTube generation, continues to hold legions of young fans in thrall. (If you're anywhere near the United Center on show night, expect to hear lots of screaming.) He's touring behind his latest blockbuster album, "Believe."

7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison, Chicago. $45 to $90. Go to

-- Matt Arado

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