Jill Scott, Robin Thicke among Taste of Chicago concert headliners

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ENT-_Taste_of_Chicago_concerts_Jill_Scott.jpgPictured, Jill Scott performs at the United Center May 2010. She is scheduled to perform at Taste of Chicago July 13, 2013. Defender/Worsom Robinson

Some big names in the music industry are headed to the Petrillo Music Shell stage this summer as part of the entertainment for the city’s annual Taste of Chicago.

The City of Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced that Robin Thicke, Robert Plant, Jill Scott and Neon Trees headline concerts that will run throughout the July 10-14 event in Grant Park.

R&B recording artist Robin Thicke is Thursday night’s headliner. By age 21, Thicke was already writing and producing songs for talent such as Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Brian McKnight and others. It wouldn’t be long before he was releasing his own music with a critically acclaimed debut album, A Beautiful World, and a nearly double platinum second release that topped four Billboard Charts, The Evolution of Robin Thicke. While putting the finishing touches on his sixth studio album, Thicke has released a single, “Blurred Lines.”

R&B artist, rapper, record producer and Grammy Award winning Estelle will open for Thicke.

Saturday, the three-time Grammy Award-winning Jill Scott will take the stage. The singer, songwriter, actress and poet has created a distinct style of music that combines jazz, R&B, spoken word and hip-hop.

The London-born and Jamaican influenced Maxi Priest will open for Scott.

“We are thrilled to announce the headlining talent for this year’s Taste of Chicago,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “The Taste draws hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors to downtown Chicago and we are excited to offer attendees such a variety of recognized, energized and award-winning quality

For the second time, concert tickets will be sold to the seating area at the pavilion for $25 per ticket while the lawn seating remains free. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale beginning May 15. 

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