Kevin Hearn (from left), Ed Robertson, Jim Creeggan and Tyler Stewart of Barenaked Ladies. | GETTY IMAGES
Updated: July 5, 2012 10:50AM
The Last Summer on Earth Tour — featuring Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Cracker — is on the bill at 7 p.m. July 9 at Charter One Pavilion, 1300 S. Lynn White. Tickets are $22.50-$2.50. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com.
Chicago’s West Town neighborhood boasts one of the summer’s coolest and largest (last year the crowd was 50,000 strong) hootenannies, West Fest. This year the lineup includes: the Black Lips on July 7, preceded by Man or Astroman, Pet Lions and more. On July 8, it’s the delicious electro-duo Mates of State, the dark folk of Crooked Fingers and more. There’s also a DJ stage, a kids music stage and plenty of food, drink and shopping. Music runs from 1 to 10 p.m. July 7-8 on Chicago Avenue between Damen and Wood. Admission: $5 donation requested. Call (312) 850-9390; westfestchicago.com.
The current Top Ten trot of “American Idol” finalists is sponsored by Ritz and Chips Ahoy, a fitting marriage of empty calories both physical and musical. Pay close attention to your faves — Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Skylar Laine — because they only get a few songs each. At 7 p.m. July 7 at Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Rd., Rosemont. Tickets: $29.50-$65. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com.
BANK ON IT
Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders receive free admission to Adler Planetarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Shedd Aquarium during Bank of America’s “Museums on Us” weekend, July 7-8, as well as the first full weekend of each month this summer. Credit/debit card must be presented at time of visit. For a full list of participating attractions and addresses/hours of operation, visit museums.bankofamerica.com.
HEART 2 HEART
It’s been more than 35 years since Heart — sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson — had their first hit, and 35 million albums later, they’re touring in support of their recently released career-spanning box set “Strange Euphoria.” Catch them at 7:30 p.m. July 6 at the Venue at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Dr., Hammond, Ind. Tickets are $45-$130. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com.
The Humana partners with the city’s Taste of Chicago for its annual Humana Race to Taste 5K Run/2-Mile Walk, promoting Healthier Choices lighter food options available during Taste of Chicago. The lake-front race starts a 6:15 p.m. July 12 at Queens Landing, the pedestrian connection across and under Lake Shore between Buckingham Fountain to the lake. Visit chicagoracetotaste.us.
Guns 4 Roses, 16 Candles and Wedding Banned headline Lake View’s Rock Around the Block Street Festival noon to 10 p.m. July 7-8 at 3200 N. Lincoln (at Belmont). Admission is $5. A VIP wristband, which include access to the Star Lounge, three complimentary beers, free bottled water, a designated seating area and restroom upgrade, is $25. Other features include a family area featuring games, children’s entertainment and crafts. Visit starevents.com.
After seven years, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Fiona Apple has a new album, which finds her out on the road in support of the disc, “Every Single Night,” including a 7:30 p.m. July 10 show at The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets are $45-$75. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com.
The 4th Annual Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival is July 7-8. Entertainment includes Red Line Chicago, 1:15 p.m. July 7; Our Name is Jonas (Weezer Tribute band), 2:10 p.m. July 7; Jon Drakes & the Shakes, 6:40 p.m. July 7; the Break, noon July 8; Wanton Looks, 2:30 p.m. July 8; the Handcuffs, 4 p.m. July 8; and Tyrone Wells, 8 p.m. July 8. A $5 donation is suggested. Call (773) 868-3010; chicagoevents.com.