CHICAGO — Australian guitar hero Courtney Barnett and New York hip-hop trio De La Soul were announced as 2019 Taste of Chicago musical headliners on Thursday, among others.
Rumors of Barnett's appearance began to swirl on social media in April, though city officials would not confirm.
The 39th annual food festival returns to Grant Park July 10-14.
The City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) once again curated a lineup of national and international acts as well as showcasing rising local artists. In addition to arts and theatre performances, there will be SummerDance free dance lessons, HUSHconcerts Silent Disco and more.
Other musicians scheduled to grace the Petrillo Music Shell stage are Colombian "electro-tropical" outfit Bomba Estereoand Puerto Rican reggae band Cultura Profética with a co-headlining set; alternative country band The Strumbellas, pop group lovelytheband and Grammy winning singer-songwriter India.Arie.
Indie rock outfit Sunflower Bean will serve as Barnett's opener on July 10, while rapper Taylor Bennett will hype-up the crowd before De La Soul take the stage July 12. Joywave will open for Strumbellas and lovelytheband July 13; and neo-soul artists Meshell Ndegeocello and Bilal will play ahead of Arie on July 14.
Also back this year is the Goose Island Stage, boasting dozens of exciting hometown artists including rock band of brothers Avantist and pop singer Tatiana Hazel.
In honor of 2019 being named the Year of Chicago Theatre, a new Theatre Garden -- designed by local artists Emmanuel Pratt (Sweet Water Foundation) and Anna Kunz (Columbia College Chicago/Tiger Strikes Asteroid) -- will host local theater talent with performances by Second City, Porchlight Musical Theatre and other sketch and improv groups. Earlier in the day, the garden will highlight family performances, along with interactive workshops and performances organized by Pocket Con, an annual convention for Chicago youth; highlighting comics and illustration work by diverse artists.
Additionally, Chicago's storied drag club Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will present "The Mermaid Diva Show" on the west side of Buckingham Fountain every day at 3 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now; starting at $15 for general admission seating, and $40 for premium seating. Prices will increase by $5 for both seating options on June 1, and again on July 1. Lawn seating is free.
The returning Taste Oasis will offer prime viewing experience in a "lounge" setting, complete with a private cash bar, free water, appetizers and more at the Petrillo Music Shell. Limited tickets are $50.
New this year, Taste of Chicago food and beverage tickets can be purchased in advance tasteofchicago.us. Food and beverage tickets are sold in strips of 14 tickets for $10 and can be picked up on site. Admission to Taste of Chicago is free.
Concerts start at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday and at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Goose Island Stage, located at the south end of Taste of Chicago at Columbus and Balbo Streets, will host acts from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
For a complete schedule, visit tasteofchicago.us.