McKesson 2016 IdeaShare Conference @ McCormick Place
Jun 26 @ 7:00 am – Jun 29 @ 10:00 pm

mckesson-idea-shareMcKesson ideaShare is an opportunity for you to learn, network with community pharmacy owners and representatives and inspire each other, and discover new ideas that improve patient health and help you grow your business. McKesson presents the Conference to provide hands-on demonstrations of products and services, the latest trends and technology, special deals, and in-depth industry knowledge from thought leaders and peers.

Bas @ Reggies Rock Club
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

bas“My father moved from the Sudan to the Bordeaux region of France when he was a young man. And he worked hard to make the move stick. So whenever I’m on some lazy shit, he yells at me like: ‘What’s wrong with you? I used to crush grapes with my bare feet when I was in school! I was getting my PhD, taking care of your mother, and crushing grapes!'”Not the typical motivational charge or coming-of-age story. Then again, there’s very little typical about Parisian export turned Queens expert Bas, the first artist signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville imprint, a label partnership with Interscope Records. The multilingual Bas, who’s been ably accompanying Cole on tour, fires his first official shot across the bow with Last Winter what began as a mix tape but morphed into a full-length collection on Interscope. Though Bas’ foray into the limelight might seem sudden, the rapper’s ascent has been admirably deliberate and methodical. He’s held his own alongside Cole and 50 Cent on the sizzler “New York Times.” He burnished his own image with the Quarter Water Raised Me mixtape series the most recent installment of which made Source Magazine’s 2013 list of Top 20 tapes. But it’s behind the scenes where Bas has done his best work: building a brand The Super Mookin Fiends and also the infrastructure to ensure longevity.This structure starts, unsurprisingly, in the home. Bas, who left Paris for Queens at age 8, is the brother of Dreamville president Ibrahim Hamad. Together, the brothers and J. Cole have burnt the midnight oil for years, plotting, and traveling, planting seeds: “It’s like a campaign trail,” Bas notes. “No one will vote you President if you don’t stomp all these cities. We knew what kind of numbers Cole was going do despite any conservative predictions for his album. We touched all those fans in all those cities. We’re taking the same approach with Last Winter making people feel part of an experience that’s larger than themselves.

Cody Blackbird @ Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall
Jun 29 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

cody-blackbird-world-music-wednesdayCody Blackbird has been widely recognized as one of the world’s top Native American musicians touring today. Blending the old with the new, Cody merges the Native American flute with powerful vocals into contemporary blues rock sounds with The Cody Blackbird Band.

“Cody’s music, which he terms ‘AlterNative Fusion,’ sits in a class by itself in the music world.” – Buffalo ArtVoice

James Taylor @ Wrigley Field
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

James TaylorInducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, James Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums since he was signed by The Beatles to their Apple Records label. Throughout his career, he has earned 40 gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards and multiple GRAMMY Awards. In 2015, Taylor released “Before This World,” his first new studio album in 13 years, which earned him his first ever No. 1 album.

David Bazan – Laura Gibson @ Lincoln Hall
Jun 30 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

david-bazanDavid Bazan was, for many years, the songwriter and driving force behind the acclaimed indie band Pedro the Lion, building a dedicated following and selling a few hundred-thousand albums based in large part on his extraordinary melodic sense and erudite, theologically-themed songs. After a decade helming the project, he found himself embroiled in a major personal philosophical and spiritual cataclysm, wrapped in a growing drinking problem. Bazan got to work exorcizing both his demons and angels, ditching the Pedro moniker in favor of his given name and has since released several critically-acclaimed albums… Fewer Moving Parts EP (2007) Curse Your Branches (2009) Strange Negotiations (2011). His most recent album is a collaboration with Passenger String Quartet featuring all new recordings of classic Pedro The Lion and Bazan songs (2014) and a 7″ + download series of all new material called Bazan Monthly Volume 1 (2014) and Volume 2 (2015). David is currently working on his 3rd full-length album that will be released by Barsuk Records sometime in 2016.

July 4th Weekend Cruises @ Navy Pier
Jul 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

July 1, 2016 – July 3, 2016

cruiseTry Mystic Blue this Fourth of July for a casual and fun celebration you won’t forget. Hop aboard and celebrate America’s independence in style. With amazing views of the world-famous Chicago skyline, DJ entertainment and great food, there’s no better place to be.

Indigo Girls and Mary Chapin Carpenter @ Ravinia Festival
Jul 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

indigo-girls-and-marySee Indigo Girls and Mary Chapin Carpenter live with special guest Shawn Mullins July 1 at Ravinia!

Fun fact: Ravinia is North America’s oldest and most diverse music festival presenting over 140 different concerts every summer, including the annual residency of the nation’s finest orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

John Patitucci @ SPACE
Jul 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

john-patitucciPatitucci was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1959 and began playing the electric bass at age ten. He began performing and composing at age 12, at age 15 began to play the acoustic bass, and then started the piano at age 16. He quickly moved from playing soul and rock to blues, jazz and classical music. His eclectic tastes caused him to explore all types of music as a player and a composer.

Chosen Few Music Festival @ Jackson Park
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – Jul 3 @ 11:00 am

chosen-few-music-festThe Chosen Few Music Festival on our city’s lakefront celebrates house music and Chicago’s house music heritage. Get ready to dance with thousands of fans from around the world to non-stop DJ sets and special musical guests over two days (new for 2016)!

Nicknamed the “Woodstock of House Music” for its family reunion atmosphere and DIY approach – guests can bring their own tents, grills and other picnic fare – the picnic began as a way for a group of friends from the early days of house music to relive memories while connecting over burgers, baseball and beats. Fueled by old-fashioned word-of-mouth as well as social media, the picnic’s explosive growth since the early 2000s triggered a move from its original home behind the Museum of Science & Industry to bigger space nearby in Jackson Park, part of the city’s famed “Emerald Necklace” of parkland, in 2008.

Mamby On The Beach @ Oakwood Beach
Jul 2 @ 1:00 pm – Jul 3 @ 10:00 pm

mamby-on-the-beachChicago’s premiere lakefront music festival is thrilled to return over the 4th of July holiday weekend at Oakwood Beach!

From dancing with the sand beneath your feet to cooling off with a refreshing dip in the lake, Mamby On The Beach offers an unmatched setting in Chicago that gives attendees a chance to getaway from the city without ever having to leave.

The first installment in 2015 attracted tens of thousands of fans with its eclectic range of performances. Featuring an all-inclusive and diverse musical experience, Mamby is where indie and electronic meet for a weekend of fun under the sun.

The Headliners:

Chet Faker
Milky Chance
Animal Collective