CHICAGO GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL

June 3-4, 2016 • Free Admission • Millennium Park & Chicago Cultural Center
One of the biggest components of Chicago's musical history is gospel music, which was started here in the early 1900s. The Chicago Gospel Music Festival keeps that tradition alive June 3-4, 2016 in Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center showcasing the depth of this genre — traditional and contemporary, lively choral groups, extraordinary vocalists, dynamic duos and more.

Spread the word! The annual festival is free and family-friendly so settle in for some powerful performances at the Chicago Cultural Center on Friday afternoon and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Browse the schedule below and for the latest updates, visit chicagogospelmusicfestival.us and follow #ChiGospelMusic on social media.

2016 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Friday, June 3

  • Location: Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.)
  • Hours: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • FREE
The Chicago Gospel Music Festival will open at the Chicago Cultural Center in Randolph Square (1st floor north) and Preston Bradley Hall (3rd floor south). Performers throughout the day include: Kenwood Academy High School Festival Concert Choir; Jessica Love; Candy LaFlore; “Chicago’s Next” artists Kymar Garner, Ebony and Ron Poindexter; When Shepherds Worship; GA3; Kevin Gray; Kinsmen and many more.

Friday, June 3

  • Location: Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)
  • Hours: 6:00 - 9:30 pm
  • FREE
The festival’s opening night in Millennium Park on Friday, June 3, will kick off with “gospel salsa” from Orchestra Ebenezer Ministry at 6:00 pm. The 13 member band is led by Joe Diaz and offers an international voice to the festival. The new fresh sound in gospel music today Kenny Lewis and One Voice will follow at 6:45 pm. At 7:30 pm, The James, a group of sisters bringing traditional gospel music to start the “Celebration of Gospel Music Quartets Segment” followed by The Douglas Sisters and the energetic and always popular The Victory Travelers.

Gray Boys Production will spread the sprit at 8:30 pm with Percy Gray, Jr. & Joshua’s Troop, the Chicago-based gospel youth choir combining vocals with hip-hop, R&B and a jazzy gospel sound. Next up is an old school gospel sound with a new school twist from New Direction, and closing the evening will be the Chicago Mass Choir. Founded more than two decades ago, the choir has been nominated for numerous awards and will bring the evening to a joyous finale.

 

Saturday, June 4

  • Location: Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)
  • Hours: 4:00 – 9:30 pm
  • FREE
Performances at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion will start on Saturday, June 4, at 4:00 pm with a special set to mark the centennial of the Great Migration with The Great Migration Centennial Mass Choir featuring Dr. Cynthia Nunn & The IMEJ Mass Choir and The Vessels of Victory, Victory Apostolic Church. At 5:00 pm, Stellar Award-winner and the newest member of the Gospel Motown family Brian Courtney Wilson will perform followed by GRAMMY® Awards-nominated singer-songwriter Bishop William Murphy at 5:45 pm.

At 6:30 pm, audience members will be on their feet to welcome Shirley Caesar, the “First Lady of Gospel Music.” Caesar is a multi-award winning artist, having won eleven GRAMMY® Awards and seven Dove Awards during her incredible career spanning more than six decades.

With his 2015 hit “Intentional,” singer-songwriter Travis Greene will take the stage at 7:30 pm. The GRAMMY® Award-nominated and twice Stellar Award-nominated youth pastor and national recording artist with RCA Inspiration won’t disappoint festival goers with his inspirational message.

The festival finale will feature GRAMMY® Award-winning Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir and their uplifting contemporary gospel at 8:30 pm. Walker is not only one of the brightest stars in gospel music but also pastor of the prominent Brooklyn, New York, mega-church Love Fellowship Tabernacle.

 
 

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CHICAGO GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL UPDATES

For the latest schedule updates and more festival information, visit the ChicagoGospelMusicFestival.us official website with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
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