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CHICAGO GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL

June 1-2, 2018 • Free Admission • Millennium Park & Chicago Cultural Center

Gospel music is one of the most significant components of Chicago's musical history. The Chicago Gospel Music Festival keeps that tradition alive against the mesmerizing backdrop of Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. The festival explores the depth of this music genre, spanning traditional and contemporary, lively choral groups, extraordinary vocalists, dynamic duos, and more.

This annual event is FREE and family-friendly, so settle in for some powerful performances.

CHECK OUT THIS YEAR'S PERFORMANCES:

Friday, June 1

Chicago Cultural Center - Randolph Square, 1st Floor North

  • 12 Noon-1:30pm - TBD
  • 12:40-1:10pm - Verzuane McCoy and Worship Experience
  • 1:20–1:50pm - Gospel Hip Hop Showcase featuring Milton Calvin, Hector Dominguez and DNell
  • 2-2:30pm - Wendell Parker
  • 2:40-3:10pm - LaVargna Hubbard
  • 3:20-3:55pm - Elder Thomas Singers – Winner of the ChicagoMade Gospel Music A&R Auditions

Millennium Park – Jay Pritzker Pavilion

  • 5:30-5:50pm - Pastor Dan Willis and ChoZen Youth Choir 150!
  • 6-7pm - Church Girls Rock Too! featuring Ev3, Isaleana Elliot and Keshia McFarland
  • 7:10-8:10pm - The Canton Spirituals
  • 8:20-9:30pm - Israel & New Breed

Saturday, June 2

Millennium Park - North Promenade Tent

  • 11am-5pm - Kids Activities
  • 11am-5pm - Health & Wellness
  • Noon-4pm - Youth Stage featuring youth choirs and open-mic opportunities

Millennium Park – Jay Pritzker Pavillion

  • 4:30-5:15pm - Special Perfomance (to be announced)
  • 5:25-6:35pm - “Oh Happy Day”: Chicago Choirs Celebrate the Music of Edwin Hawkins, featuring: Anita Wilson, Jonathan Nelson, Beverly Crawford, Ted Winn, Bryan Popin, Rudy Currence and Latice Crawford
  • 6:45-7:05pm - House and Gospel Music Legacy
  • 7:15-8:15pm - The Walls Group
  • 8:30-9:30pm - Tri-City Singers Reunion

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Highlights from the 2017 Festival

Chicago Gospel Music Festival: June 2-3, 2017

Chicago Cultural Center Concerts

Location: Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.)
Hours: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
FREE


The Chicago Cultural Center's Randolph Square (1st floor north) was the venue for multiple performances, featuring the likes of Iliani Morales, Selah St. Sabina Youth Choir, R&R featuring Russ and Roe, Neicy Robertson & Friends, “Chicago’s Next” featuring 2ndNature Band, Isaiah Freeman, Jazmine Jones and Denton Harris, and Arthur Sutton & The Gift of Praise.

Chicago Gospel Music Festival: June 2-3, 2017

Millennium Park Concerts

The 2017 festival kicked off with the contemporary gospel music choir, Glenn Johnson & The Voices of Innerpeace. The Zeta Gospel Music Awards named their project Greatness “CD of the Year” in 2016. The University of Illinois Black Chorus, a large mixed voice vocal ensemble, followed, with a repertoire that included traditional gospel, jazz, soul, blues, African chant, field hollers and anthems. Malcolm Williams & Great Faith, the Stellar Award-nominated gospel music group, later took center stage. A festival highlight was a Celebration of Gospel Music Quartets with Evelyn Turrentine-Agee and The Warriors, God’s Posse, The Gospel Crusaders and The Stars of Heaven at 7:20 pm. Award-winning contemporary gospel music artists, Jonathan McReynolds with special guests Anthony Brown and Travis Greene closed the evening. 

Chicago Gospel Music Festival: June 2-3, 2017

Closing Night Concerts

Chicago contemporary artist, VaShawn Mitchell, recorded his 2016 project, Secret Place, in South Africa, and brought his universal sound to the festival stage. The groundbreaking artists, The Rance Allen Group also performed, inspiring fans with their traditional gospel sound and message of unity. A special tribute to singer / songwriter Jessy Dixon, who passed away in September, 2011, was also part of the line up. Dixon is best known for his work with fellow music artist, Paul Simon.

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