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Stage Buzz: Little Italy Fest, Incubus, Ludacris, Pop 2000

| August 9, 2022



Grammy award-winning rapper turned actor Ludacris is coming through to disturb the peace! Before the rapper (hopefully) drops his long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Ludaversal, he’ll play some of his biggest hits like “Move” and “Roll Out” at The Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, IL on Thursday, August 11 at 7:30 PM. If you wanna “Act a Fool” with Luda, get tickets here.

Arcada Theatre’s Ron Onesti is hosting his annual Taylor Street Little Italy Festa in Chicago’s lovely near-west side neighborhood this weekend (August 11-14), featuring some amazing Italian food from Chicago’s best Italian restaurants, music from The Bronx Wanderers, Josie Falbo, and Chicago’s co-founding drummer Danny Seraphine, plus comedian and WGN sports anchor Pat Tomasulo. There are 4 stages featuring traditional Italian music and crooners, and classic cover bands. Visit for details.

Want to relive your youth when the most pressing matter was which boy band member was the best? Get a healthy dose of early 2000s nostalgia with the Pop 2000 Tour hosted by Nsync’s Chris Kirkpatrick with performances from O-Town, Ryan Cabrera, David Cook, and LFO. Check it out this Friday, August 12 at Joe’s Live in Rosemont, IL. Treat yourself and get tickets here.

For the past 31 years, Incubus has captivated audiences with its genre-blending sound incorporating elements of metal, funk, groove, jazz, hip-hop, rock, and post-grunge in their music. Now, they’re set to bring their wide-ranging sound to the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL, with special guest Sublime with ROME on Sunday, August 14 at 7 PM. Get tickets here.

From being one of music’s most groundbreaking artists to acting, activism, and being a fashion icon, Lady Gaga has done it all. With 2020’s Chromatica, she continued pushing the boundaries of dance music with a high-concept album that tells a compelling story while delivering pop-dance goodness. She brings The Chromatica Ball to Wrigley Field this Monday, August 15. You can still buy tickets here.

– Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

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