12:10 AM CDT, March 11, 2013
The 33rd annual Taste of Chicago, racked by budget cuts in recent years, has booked an in-demand band for its opening concert July 10: fun.
The New York City trio recently won two Grammy awards, for song of the year (the ubiquitous “We are Young”) and best new artist (even though the group has been making music since 2008). Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff clicked commercially last year with fun.’s second album, “Some Nights,” which yielded the hit singles “We are Young,” “Some Nights” and “Carry On.”
Also performing with fun. at the Pretillo Music Shell will be indie-rockers Delta Spirit, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will announce Monday. Tickets ($25) for 3,000 pavilion seats will go on sale in May at tasteofchicago.us; lawn seating will remain free.
Additional headline acts for Taste, July 10-14, will be announced later. Also to be announced Monday will be several performers for a second stage at the south end of the festival: Kelly Hogan on July 14, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials and the Congregation on July 12, and Canasta and Company of Thieves on July 13.
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