The 14th Annual World Music Festival
- it's your passport to musical genres that span the globe. Spicing up Chicago's already culturally-rich performing arts scene, the city-wide, multi-venue event features over 70 free performances beginning September 21 through September 27
The largest and longest running festival of international music in the United States embraces well-known stars and emerging artists in genres that span between the traditional to contemporary. You can hear everything here - from Canadian folk, Celtic Bhangra electronica fusion, classical Chinese chamber music, and much more.
It's a music free for all, in every sense. In addition to a lineup that fills seven days and nearly 20 different local venues, this year performances and family friendly events will all be free admission for the first time.
- Maria de Barros
Friday, 9/21 at 8:00 pm at Mayne Stage with Jazz con Amala
Saturday, 9/22 at 6:30 pm at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park with AfriCaribe
With African roots firmly planted in the rich culture and traditions of the islands of Cape Verde, her musical sound is a combination of Latin pop and African soul, a testament to her mass global appeal.
- Canteca de Macao
Sunday, 9/23 at 7:30 pm at The Old Town School of Music
Monday, 9/24 at 9:00 pm at Institute Cervantes Chicago
The eclectic Spanish ensemble creates an infectious sound with its multicultural musical style that borrows from flamenco, rock, jazz and reggae.
- Celtic Connections Presents Transatlantic Sessions
Wednesday, 9/26 at 6:30 pm at Jay Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park
A steller line-up of Scottish and Gaelic artists collaborating with their peers from the US. Artists scheduled to perform include Kathleen MacInnes, Dan Tyminski, Tim O'Brien, Dirk Powell, Bruce Molsky and Karen Matheson among others.
- Los Gaiteros de San Jocinto
Tuesday, 9/25 at 7:00 pm at National Museum of Mexican Art
Wednesday, 9/26 at 8:30 pm at Old Town School of Folk Music
Formed 70 years ago, the Grammy® award-winning group of folk music artists allure audiences with the melodies of indigenous Colombian gaitas (flutes).
- "One World Under One Roof" - World Music Festival Closing Night Finale
Thursday, 9/27 from 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Chicago Cultural Center
The highlight of the festival will be an all-day grand finale of global artists with performances throughout the building, kicking off in the Randolph Café and continuing in Preston Bradley Hall and the Claudia Cassidy Theater.
Chicago's World Music Festival puts the spotlight on the city's live music venues both downtown and in the neighborhoods. Discover Chicago favorites such as:
And don't miss new locations for the fest in 2012, including:
For the complete World Music Festival schedule and artist backgrounds, visit WorldMusicFestivalChicago.org. Get the latest updates on Facebook at facebook.com/WorldMusicFestivalChicago and on Twitter @WMFChicago.
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