JUNE 27-29, 2014

Free Admission • Ellis Park and Chicago Cultural Center
One of the biggest components of Chicago's musical history is gospel, which was started here in the early 1900s. The Chicago Gospel Music Festival keeps that tradition alive June 27-29, 2014 with multiple stages around town showcasing the depth of this genre — traditional and contemporary, lively choral groups, extraordinary vocalists, dynamic duos and more.

Spread the word! The annual festival, presented by Black McDonald’s Operators Association, is free and family-friendly so settle in for some powerful performances across the city. The sounds of gospel music will fill the Chicago Cultural Center and Ellis Park, located in Chicago's beautiful Bronzeville neighborhood, celebrating its roots and connecting people to the community where its musical heritage all began.

Get your fill of inspirational tunes with multiple stages and three days of entertainment featuring the best in local, national and international Gospel Music performers.

2014 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Friday, June 27

  • Location: Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.)
  • Hours: Performances from 11:00am–4:00pm
Prior to the weekend at Ellis Park, Gospel music will fill the halls of the downtown Chicago Cultural Center with midday performances from a variety of artists: Tiff Joy; Lorie Smith; Ami Rushes; Keshia McFarland; The Cast of Motown The Musical; James Hudson; Chaun Pritchett and Right Spirit Ministries; Witness; GREGG & F.R.I.E.N.D.S and Adrian B. King and Company.

Saturday, June 28

  • Location: Ellis Park (37th Street & Cottage Grove Ave.)
  • Hours: Performances from 11:00am–8:00pm
The McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Tour returns to Ellis Park with a Saturday night lineup on the main stage beginning at 5:00pm that features Kurt Carr, Mississippi Mass Choir, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Uncle Reece and Moses Tyson, Jr. On Saturday, the festivities will be hosted by vocalist Erica Campbell and comedian Jonathan Slocumb.

 

Sunday, June 29

  • Location: Ellis Park (37th Street & Cottage Grove Ave.)
  • Hours: Performances from 11:00am–8:00pm
The final day of the Chicago Gospel Music Festival will celebrate the life and music of the late Dr. Charles G. Hayes in a tribute featuring Pastor Derail Smith and the Dr. Charles G. Hayes Reunion Choir and Elder DeAndre Patterson, at 5:00pm to open the evening’s performances. Grammy® award winner Karen Clark Sheard performs on the main stage Sunday at 5:45pm, followed by the dynamic gospel music duo of producer VaShawn Mitchell and vocalist Tasha Cobbs at 6:45pm. The festival concludes with Grammy® award winning songwriter and singer Tye Tribbett at 7:45pm.

 
 
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