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Feel the Rhythm at the 15th Annual Chicago Flamenco Festival: February 24–March 25

Chicago Flamenco Festival

Forget about the winter chill and warm up with the fiery passion of flamenco music and dance during the 15th annual Chicago Flamenco Festival at Instituto Cervantes. The five-week-long event kicks off February 24 and showcases the intricacies of this vibrant Spanish art form with an array of international flamenco artists rarely witnessed in the United States. Don't miss these highlights:


'Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones' Will Rock Chicago's Navy Pier this Summer

Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are back on the Windy City scene thanks to the critically-acclaimed, 18,000-square-foot exhibit, Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones, which is set to invade Navy Pier on April 15, 2017 with fan-worthy fun and surprises for music lovers of all ages. It's a strictly limited four-month engagement and online tickets go on sale Friday, February 24! 


Discount Deals to Our Favorite Productions: Dance, Music, Magic & More! Chicago Theatre Week 2017, February 9–19

Chicago Theatre Week 2017

With over 120 participating productions, Chicago Theatre Week (February 9–19) has a wide array of offerings, from opera to stand-up comedy to magic, and everything in between. Now in its 5th year, CTW celebrates Chicago's vibrant performing arts scene with discounted tickets — including to shows outside of the traditional theatre realm — priced at $30, $15 or less.


Dance into the Year's End with Live Blues & Soul Shows

Melody Angel

Who says you have to end the year with "Auld Lang Syne"? With Chicago's famous blues and soul heritage, there are plenty of shows capping off December, whether you're in the mood for a high-energy end to the year or one that's sultry smooth. Check out these Chicago holiday shows at Rosa's Blues Lounge, The Promontory, and City Winery, awesome venues to catch some great performers as you ring in the New Year.


Feel the Pulse of Chicago's Creative Community at MCA's Prime Time: Ascend, Featuring Live Music + Art + Food

MCA Prime Time

If you think Chicago music is just about Kanye and R. Kelly, then you should check out the Museum of Contemporary Art's Prime Time after-hours series, which explores the pulse of the city's creative community. The interactive program features live music, performance art and film screenings for evenings of cultural highlights and discourse.


A Chicago Music Weekend with AAHH! Fest & Hyde Park Jazz Fest

Common at AAHH! Fest Chicago

Music fans will have a busy weekend soaking up live sounds at Common's hip hop event AAHH! Fest and at the Hyde Park Jazz Fest running through Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25. Although both fests feature popular mucisicans from across the country, homegrown talent is also a highlight.


Chicago Jazz Festival: Come out this Labor Day Weekend for the FREE Favorite Holiday Event

Chicago Jazz Festival 

In a city known for many musical genres, jazz looms large in the cultural landscape of Chicago. In the 1920s, musicians like Louis Armstrong and Earl "Fatha" Hines came to Bronzeville to ply their trade in the packed nightclubs up and down South State Street. Since that time, hundreds of musicians have come to test their mettle with fellow performers at dozens of different venues, including the Green Mill, the Jazz Showcase, and the


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


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.


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