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CHICAGO GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL

June 2-3, 2017 • 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 2-3, 2017 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.

For the latest updates, visit chicagogospelmusicfestival.us and follow #ChiGospelMusic on social media.

2017 Festival Schedule

Chicago Gospel Music Festival: June 2-3, 2017

Friday, June 2

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


On Friday, June 2, the Chicago Gospel Music Festival will open at the Chicago Cultural Center in Randolph Square (1st floor north). Performers throughout the day include: 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

Friday, June 2

Location: Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)
Hours: 4:00 - 9:30 pm
FREE


The festival’s opening night in Millennium Park on Friday, June 2, at 5:30 pm will kick 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 will follow at 6:00 pm. Their repertoire of the music of black Americans includes: traditional gospel, jazz, soul, blues, African chant, field hollers and anthems. At 6:40 pm Malcolm Williams & Great Faith, the Stellar Award-nominated gospel music group will take center stage. A festival highlight will feature 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 will close the first evening in Millennium Park at 8:30 pm. Acclaimed Dove and Stellar Award-nominated recording artist Jonathan McReynolds’ album Life Music: Stage Two was number on the Billboard Gospel Chart for four weeks in 2015, and his 2016 Sessions EP surprise release reached the top of the iTunes Christian chart in one night. Since 2012, singer-songwriter and arranger Anthony Brown has been performing with his group therAPy and has thrilled audiences with joyous spirit. Travis Greene appeared on the festival stage last year and is back with seven 2017 Stellar Awards including “Male Vocalist” and “CD of the year” for The Hill.

Chicago Gospel Music Festival: June 2-3, 2017

Saturday, June 3

Location: Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)
Hours: 4:00 – 9:30 pm
FREE


The Gospel Music Festival continues at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Saturday, June 3 at 4:30 pm with Chicago contemporary artist, VaShawn Mitchell. Following his 2016 project, Secret Place, which was recorded in South Africa, Mitchell will bring his universal sound to the festival stage. The groundbreaking artists, The Rance Allen Group perform at 6:15 pm For four decades, the group has inspired fans with their traditional gospel sound and message of unity.

Following at 7:00 pm is a special tribute to Jessy Dixon. Singer and songwriter Jessy Dixon passed away in September, 2011 and during his career he brought his energetic style of gospel music to a wide audience. He is best known for his work with fellow music artist, Paul Simon. He collaborated with Simon on his Live Rhymin’ Simon and Still Crazy albums.

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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.