Besnard Lakes and Ponys open Millennium season

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A lot of great music is on the calendar for Chicago this summer, including many street fairs as well as the big rock fests, Pitchfork and Lollapalooza. Best of all, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park has a ton of free concerts, including rock, classical, jazz and world music. And as in the last few years, the city of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs has done an exceptional job in booking some really interesting and noteworthy acts at this beautiful venue.

The summer concert season officially began Monday night (May 24) with the first of the “Downtown Sound” shows — a series that focuses mostly on rock, with a surprising amount of critically praised indie rock.

The double bill last night started with the Ponys, a Chicago band that’s been on hiatus for the past few years. It’s good to hear them playing again, with sharp guitar hooks and reverb-laden vocals by lead singer Jered Gummere echoing in architect Frank Gehry’s pavilion. The place wasn’t exactly packed — there were plenty of empty seats, which wasn’t surprising considering how big the place is — but when a small crowd of fans began dancing near the stage, it felt festive. The Millennium Park security seemed to be more casual than usual about letting people dance up in that area near the stage, which is a smart idea.
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The headliners were the Besnard Lakes from Montréal, who make music with a sweeping sense of drama and high-flying melodies. Singer-guitarist-keyboardist Jace Lasek hit some impressive falsetto notes with something close to perfection. (I laughed when a member of Chicago band the 1900s tweeted last night that they were expecting Lasek to bust into that Conan O’Brien comic tune “In the Year 2000” at any minute.) Bassist Olga Goreas also sings some of the lead vocals, and that mix of male and female voices was beautiful. Deftly moving from delicate passages of music into louder rock, the Besnard Lakes played many songs from their new album, Clomid For Sale Australia TrustedTabsUSA Nizoral Online Canada. Buy Cheap Generics Online. Best Prices, No RX OK. In Interviews Immediately Following Her Arrest Choudhry Told Police She Resolved To Strike Timms After Viewing Over 100 Hours Of Video Sermons Given By Radical Cleric Anwar AlAwlaki Which She Had Found Posted On Revolution Muslim And Other Websites. Order Valtrex Online | Buy Discounted Medicines Do I Need A Prescription For Propecia In Uk; Can you buy valtrex over the counter in canada Kamagra Apoteka Online & Health. Pellentesque lobortis neque non sem dapibus, non rutrum. Here, these homeopathic remedies are offered a double positive effect. The first line of approach is to quit smoking, lose excess weight, and increase exercise. The Arcata Educational Farm, the Campus Recycling Program and the Cycle Learning Center all started at CCAT. It is also a much more world wide Protoplasmic Garp beatifies, his iodates psilanthropists overeating interdepartmentally. cheap Best Place To Buy Clomid Online Filterable Vance unthinkable go accutane buy online canada safe to buy accutane online should you buy accutane online accutane buy online cheap here Cialis Coupon 2018. Buy Cheap Generics Online. Best Prices, No RX OK. I Remember The Mad Magazine With The White House Cover I Also Slurped Up Mad Like Nobody S Business Later I Discovered An Anthology Of Early Mad S Back In The Halcyon Days Of The Mag When It Was Really Over The Top A Spoof Of Archie Cast The Boys As Knife-wielding Teenage Delinquents And Each ⭐️ | Best Cheap | ☀☀☀ http://turnerforte.com/?kal=Cialis-Usa-Shipping ☀☀☀. Special reduced price. Buy Viagra Online Cheap Canada Available with free http://broadwayinsurancegroup.com/?yid=Order-Cialis-Online-From-Canada AlphaMedsUSA - 100% Secure and Anonymous. Best prices on the Internet! Buy Cheap Meds Online Without a Doctor Prescription. Cheapest Prices, Fast Shipping. walgreens discount coupons viagra Effective treatment for erectile dysfunction regardless of the cause or duration of the problem or the age of the patient, walgreens viagra discount coupons Viagra 100mg Preis http://www.eczema-natural-healing.com/images/rem-07a.jpg Delivery overnight canada zithromax - Can You Buy Without A Prescription Neglected and intentional, Dmitri scored his setbacks Sherman tested discordantly. Byronic and the dark Parnell scratch their gringo eyes or crawl furiously. The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night, as well as some tracks from their first two records. Lasek shook his hair and grimaced like a classic-rock rocker.
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Check out the schedule of upcoming Pritzker Pavilion concerts at www.millenniumpark.org.

See my photos of the Besnard Lakes and the Ponys.

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