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Chicago Summer Concert Shuffle

You don’t have to end a long-standing relationship with an old favorite to indulge in a fling. Here are four emerging music acts to sample on the cheap, based on their tried-and-true counterparts.

If you like . . . The harmonies and soul-indebted 1970s hits of Hall and Oates (June 26th, Ravinia, ravinia.org)

Try . . . Kings Go Forth, a Milwaukee group that fills wild, funky Curtis Mayfield–style jams with sweet, soaring harmonies
(June 20th, Millennium Park. Free. millenniumpark.org)


If you like . . . Art-rocker Peter Gabriel (June 20th, United Center, ticketmaster.com)

Try . . . My Brightest Diamond (with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra), an inventive orchestral ensemble led by the opera-trained singer Shara Worden, whose songs can be whimsically pretty or somberly beautiful (August 8th, Millennium Park. Free)


If you like . . . The rapturous voice of pop-twang hybridizer KD Lang (June 23rd, Ravinia)

Try . . . Keren Ann, a French singer who spikes her mesmerizing ballads, moody folk, and lilting pop with subversive humor
(June 13th, Lincoln Hall, lincolnhallchicago.com)


If you like . . . The rascally country-chart-topper Tim McGraw (July 16th, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, livenation.com)

Try . . . Joe Ely, a Texan singer whose outlaw ballads are set to a roof-raising combination of honky-tonk and bluesy rock (June 4th, FitzGerald’s, fitzgeraldsnightclub.com)


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