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Thursday, March 30
The inaugural Riverwest Music Festival runs July 4-6 along the North Branch of the Chicago River, 1177-1111 N. Elston Ave. (from Estate Ultra-Bar south). The EDM festival features artists on three stages, culminating tonight with headliners Adrian Lux, Loco Dice and VisionQuest. Tickets are $70 per day or $170 for a three-day pass. The festival runs from 11am to midnight today.
The International Festival of Life runs July 3-6 in Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St. Dozens of acts perform reggae, mambo, R&B, salsa, gospel, EDM and more on three stages. Featured acts today include the Manhattans, Maggie Brown and reggae stars Third World. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. The festival runs from noon to 10pm today. All ages.
FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn, hosts its 33rd annual American Music Festival July 2-5. More than a dozen acts play today -- which doubles as Bloodshot Records' 20th anniversary celebration -- including Shemekia Copeland, Robbie Fulks, Bottle Rockets and Alejandro Escovedo; see the full schedule for details. Tickets are $30 in advance online, $35 at the door; kids under 12 get in for $5, and there's a $25 early bird discount if you arrive in the first hour. Four-day passes are $100. Doors open at 1pm today.
The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a program of cartoons by unconventional animator and Academy Award winner John Hubley. The program shows at 3:00pm this afternoon, with other showing scheduled the following Sunday and Tuesday. A complete schedule and advance tickets are available at the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. Box office: (312) 846-2085.
Nightmares on Wax headlines Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight, with DJ Striz, Altered Tapes and Woo Park opening. Doors are at 8pm. Tickets are $18.50. 18+