SMOOTH OPERATOR That’s you, if you snag Sade tickets. The singer takes the stage at the United Center for three concerts this week.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 08.03.11 through Tue 08.09.11:
film Black Harvest International Festival of Film and Video
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Chris Baronner, the longtime talent buyer for Metro, Wrigleyville’s veritable live-music institution.
“I’ll be getting into the office late on Friday—we’ll say 11 or noon—because we have Death from Above 1979 the night before. Then I’ll catch a few acts at Lolla in the late afternoon/early evening: Two Door Cinema Club, Bright Eyes, and Ratatat—they’re excellent live: really great visuals, great video presentation. That puts me right at the end of Lolla, so I’ll come back to Metro for our sold-out show with Atmosphere, a Minneapolis hip-hop artist we have a long history with. That’ll go pretty late, then we have a Lolla afterparty with Orchard Lounge in Smart Bar, so there’s a good chance I’ll end the night there, hanging out with some of the artists and staff.
“I’ve got siblings coming into town Friday from Pennsylvania, and it’s their first Lolla experience, ’90s version or current run, so they’re really excited. They’ll be there all day Friday while I’m at the office, but I’ll meet up with them Saturday. I haven’t made a schedule yet, but I know I want to see Fitz and the Tantrums. We did a February show with them that sold out in advance, which we didn’t anticipate in the middle of the winter, so I think they’ll do really well. Friendly Fires are on at the same time, and they’re at opposite ends of the park, but I’ve done it before and I can do it again. The rest of the day, I’ll wander around and try to see a few things I haven’t seen live. I’ve never seen Ween, but I have seen Lykke Li, and she’s excellent.
“Our Lolla week starts on Wednesday with Cold War Kids, so by Sunday I’m sure I’ll be out of it completely, but I want to see City and Colour, an up-and-coming Canadian artist we’ve had here before and also promoted when he played at Park West. He’s really blowing up, so I think he’ll be huge. And there’s Busy P, a French DJ and record label owner. He’s playing the DJ stage and then playing our afterparty Sunday night. I’m interested in seeing him in the fest setting and then at Smart Bar a few hours later.
“Tips for making it through? Honestly, it’s as simple as sunscreen and water—well, equal parts drinking water and wanting a beer. And not being afraid to take breaks. Some people go from when the gates open until the whole thing is done, but I’ll probably go find a Walgreens and stand in the A/C.”
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
folk Special Consensus
Talk about American pickers: Newfangled bluegrass bands are a dime a dozen, but this Chicago-based group has been hoeing down since long before the advent of newgrass—albeit with a rotating cast of supporting players honing their chops under founder Greg Cahill’s watchful eye. Hear the current lineup live when Special C plays a lakeside gig on the North Shore.
GO: 8/5 at 8. Wallace Bowl, Gillson Park, Sheridan and Michigan, Wilmette. wilmettepark.org
Photograph: (SADE) Sophie Mullier