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Catch The Next Generation of Blues Stars at Young Men of Chicago Blues Show, August 13

McDowell Bros

If you think that blues musicians are all ranked in the senior citizen category, head to the Chicago Blues Productions show, Young Men of Chicago Blues to discover the reality of this thriving scene. The showcase features a dynamic group of millennial performers that have absorbed Chicago blues and play their own contemporary versions.  A second installment in a series that celebrated blues women last year, Saturday's show August 13 at Noble's Square's Vittum Theater presents the


Hear Reggae Icons Live at the Inaugural Reggae Fest Chicago

Lee Scratch Reggae Fest

Explore the variations of reggae music, including ska, rock steady and reggaeton at the first annual Reggae Fest Chicago, Saturday August 13 in Pilsen's Adams Medill Park. The one day event highlights a line-up packed with reggae musicians and headlined by icons Toots & The Maytals and Lee "Scratch" Perry.


Explore The Great Migration with a Day of Music on July 23

migration blues

The Centennial Celebration of the Great Migration continues with an exploration of the musical history that developed as a result of the historic migration of African Americans from the South to northern cities, especially Chicago. The cultural impact of the blues and jazz genres, which expanded on major levels due to The Great Migration, will be celebrated with two events on Saturday, July 23.


FREE Live African Music with King Sunny Ade & Ugochi: Millennium Park, July 18

king sunny ade

As one of the most influential musicians in Africa, King Sunny Ade attracts fans from all over the world who thrill at the infectious sound of polyrhythmic music called Juju. Dubbed the "Minister of Enjoyment," his shows with his 20-30 member band, the African Beats, produce a hypnotic spectacle of color and rhythm that should not be missed. After a disappointing cancellation last year because of global Visa issues, Ade will return to Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion on


Taste of Chicago July 6-10: Breaking Down the 5-Day Mega Fest by the Numbers

Taste of Chicago
Get a true taste of Chicago in Grant Park July 6 - 10. Enjoy a variety of food, lively music and the scenic lakefront at this free, five-day festival. Sample Chicago's diverse dining scene with 69 vendors made up of the city's top restaurants and chefs. Although the opportunities for fun at the 36th annual Taste of Chicago are countless, here's a few highlights of the festivities by the numbers:


6 Picks for (Totally FREE!) Summer Fun in Chicago

Aerial Grant Park
Chicago shines in the summertime. There are so many things to see and do — many of which don't cost a dime! From a day at the beach to a yoga class on the pavilion, here are six (totally FREE!) things to see and do this summer in Chicago!


Enjoy Free Music in the Grass at the Grant Park Music Festival

Millenium Park Grant Park Music FestivalSummer in Chicago is defined by outdoor festivals and none are more beloved than the annual Grant Park Music Festival. Located in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, the fest is the country's only outdoor, free classical music series of its kind. A Chicago summer staple since 1935, the three-month long festival hosts a broad range of classical musicians.


2 Live Summer Music Series: Jazzin' at the Shedd & Tuesdays on the Terrace at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Jazzin' at the Shedd

Summer in Chicago is all about enjoying the great outdoors! Picnics, patios and parks beckon as the city comes alive under the summer sun. Here are two unique, weekly outdoor events featuring live music at the Shedd Aquarium and Museum of Contemporary Art that you won't want to miss.


Best of Chicago Blues Festival: A Breakdown by Day

Shemekia

As the city's largest music festival and the largest blues festival in the world, the FREE Chicago Blues Festival supplies a mind-boggling array of the genre in all of its forms. From June 10-12, the city, dubbed "The Blues Capital of the World", will celebrate its significant heritage, attracting an expected 500,000 blues fans to Grant Park over the course of 3 days. With 4 stages, plus a dedicated "street stage", its easy to get overwhelmed with all of the choices.


Buddy Guy's Legends: Blues Prodigy Jamiah Rogers on May 31 + More Performance Picks

Jamiah Rogers at Buddy Guy's Legends
 
It's been a long time coming but after years of playing talent competitions, all ages shows and special performances, Chicago blues young gun Jamiah Rogers will headline at the famed downtown club Buddy Guy's Legends on May 31. At 21 years old, the musician has sharpened his guitar- and song-writing skills to rival much more seasoned artists. Performing since he was three years old, Rogers injects a freshness to the Chicago blues sound that engages everyone who hears him

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