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Laid Back Music Festival

Bring your sweetie to the Laid Back Festival July 16 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion on Chicago’s Northerly Island, and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel!

The Laid Back Festival will feature such golden oldies as Greg Allman, Peter Frampton, Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, Michelle Malone, Blackberry Smoke and the Kevin Kinney Band! And there will be food!

Laid Back Festival headliner Greg Allman brings along a few of his favorite musicians to play in the natural setting of Northerly Island! Allman has won multiple Grammy Awards, is in 70th place as one of the top one hundred singers on the “Rolling Stone” list, and has written his autobiography, “My Cross to Bear.” His latest album is “Back to Macon.”

Peter Frampton was a rock star before he was eighteen, forming the band Humble Pie. He attended school with David Bowie, went on to win numerous Grammy Awards, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials are among the giants in blues music. Singer Michelle Malone’s album “Acoustic Winter” was released in 2014.

The FirstMerit Bank Pavilion is located at 1300 South Lynn White Drive on Chicago’s lakefront. For tickets, call 866-820-4553 or go online to and follow the prompts.

Make your Laid Back Festival experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in historic Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet, Friday nights.