We know what you're thinking: Taste of Chicago is great, but it can be overwhelming, especially when it's hot. You want to hear music that will put you at ease--and not put you to sleep--so take a deep breath, relax, and make the time to let these artists provide the soundtrack to your noshing.
Start off the Taste with a little soul with The O'Jays June 30.
No need to go way out yonder. Just enjoy the bluegrass/jam band sounds of Yonder Mountain String Band July 1.
Feeling smooth? Anthony Hamilton sure is. Check out the R&B singer July 5.
Matt Pais is the metromix music producer.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times