Face Time Police at Anime Midwest
Anime Midwest might just be the perfect venue for a band built on the idea that anime and video games have a beauty and life all their own. Enter Face Time Police, a mysterious masked duo -- actually Schaumburg brothers Brian and James Serra -- who are playing AM for the first time on the Mini Stage Friday. See them interpret the energetic sound and drive from their latest album, "Don't Believe in the Moon," acoustically. Face Time Police plays at 3 p.m. Friday, July 3, at Hyatt Regency O'Hare & Convention Center, 9300 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont. For general information on Anime Midwest, call (847) 692-2220 or visit animemidwest.com.
Celebrate the Dead
Fans of the Grateful Dead, take heed. In honor of the Dead's sold-out 50th anniversary shows, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago is holding a three-day music fest, complete with two stages and loads of local talent, including Concrete Roots, Fersher and Jackpot Donnie on Friday; Bullfights On Acid, EGi and Genome Saturday; and School of Rock Chicago, Murley and Thinner Teed on Sunday. Admission varies by day, but a portion of the proceeds goes to Fight2Feed, a not-for-profit organization working to fight hunger in Chicago. See hardrock.com for the full lineup and fees. 4:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Friday, July 3; noon to 4 a.m. Saturday, July 4; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 5, at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, 63 W. Ontario St., Chicago. (312) 943-2252 or hardrock.com.
Taste for tunes
Whether you're there for the food, the fun or both, you can't deny some of the music at the Taste of Chicago is going to be great. The fest kicks off Wednesday with a set from Weezer, they of the undone sweaters, with a lead-in by Saint Motel. Erykah Badu headlines Thursday with opener Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. The Chieftains take the stage Friday with Special Consensus, and indie rockers Spoon headline Saturday supported by Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear and Houndmouth. Frankie Beverly and Maze close out the fest Sunday with opener DJ Duane Powell. Concerts begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, July 8-10, and 4:30 Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12, at the Petrillo Music Shell, 235 S. Columbus Drive, Chicago. Concert seating starts at $15; lawn seating is free. Visit cityofchicago.org for more information.
The Kingsnakes: 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 3, Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S. Harlem, Berwyn. Blues. $6. harlemavenuelounge.com.
Hello Weekend: 10 p.m. Friday, July 3, Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. Rock and more. For ages 21 and older. Free. durtynellies.com.
Kenny Rogers: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 4, Community Park, 164 Lions Drive, Elk Grove Village. Concert, followed by fireworks. Visit elkgrove.com.
ScribbleMonster: Noon Sunday, July 5, in band shell at Cantigny Park, 1 S 151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Family concert. Free with paid $5 parking fee. Visit cantigny.org.
Pianist Yundi: 2 p.m. Sunday, July 5, Martin Theatre at Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. Classical. $40-$60. Lawn $10. (847) 266-5000 or ravinia.org.
Brian Wilson: 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 6, Pavilion at Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. Rock, pop. $65-$75. Lawn $33-$38. (847) 266-5000 or ravinia.org.
The Neverly Brothers: 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, Old Town Park, 111 Third St., Bloomingdale. Guests may bring lawn chairs and refreshments. Free. bloomingdaleparks.org.
Elizabeth Lyons and Brother Trouble at Country in the Park: 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, MB Financial Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Free. Guests can visit food and beverage tents on the park's lawn. Visit rosemont.com.
RockStar Rodeo at Events in the Plaza Concert: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, Independence Grove, 16400 W. Buckley Road (Route 137), Libertyville. Pack a picnic or buy dinner and beverages at the on-site cafe. $6 per vehicle after 5 p.m. Visit lcfpd.org.
The Bacon Brothers: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Rock. $39-$79. (630) 962.7000 or oshows.com.
Palatine Concert Band: 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, 262 E. Palatine Road, Palatine. Free. (847) 359-2474 or palatineconcertband.org.
Mason Rivers at St. Charles Park District Summer Concert Series: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9, Lincoln Park, at Main and 5th streets, St. Charles. Country. Free. stcparks.org.
Cowboy Jukebox: All-Time Country Hits: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9, on the grounds of the Wauconda Area Public Library, 801 N. Main Street, Wauconda. Country. Pack a picnic, bring blankets or chairs for seating. Free. (847) 526-6225 or wauclib.org.
Lisle Community Band: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9, Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle, Free. (630) 853-6196 or lislecommunityband.org.
Information is provided by entertainment venues. Check with venue before purchasing tickets. For more concert listings, visit dailyherald.com/calendar.