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It's the LARGEST and LONGEST RUNNING festival of international music in the U.S. and it takes place in Chicago!

The 18th Annual World Music Festival is your passport to musical genres that span the globe. Spicing up Chicago's already culturally-rich performing arts scene, the city-wide, multi-venue event features over 60 artists from 25 countries at 20 venues, including Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center, from September 8 -24.

The festival of international music embraces well-known stars and emerging artists in genres that span between the traditional to contemporary. You can hear everything here — from Indian classical music to Bulgarian bagpipes to Ethio-Jazz, and much more!

It's a music free-for-all, in every sense. In addition to a lineup that fills 11 days and multiple local venues, all performances are FREE ADMISSION. Note, however, some venues have age minumims of 18 or 21 years and older.

Find artists, venues and more at the official website WorldMusicFestivalChicago.org.

Over 60 artists will play over the 11-day festival. The city's top live music venues will put on to the international showcase, including: Daley Plaza, Chicago SummerDance (Grant Park), Chop Shop & 1st Ward Events, Chicago Cultural Center, Concord Music Hall, University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Martyrs', Uptown Lounge, Old Town School of Folk Music, Lincoln Hall, Metro, Thalia Hall, Millennium Park, DePaul University Concert Hall, Humboldt Park Boathouse, The Promontory, The Hideout, and Ping Tom Memorial Park.

 

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS


This year's striking lineup includes a Millennium Park concert on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage.

Opening Day -  Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music

  • Friday, September 8 at 6:30 PM
  • Chicago Cultural Center
  • 78 E. Washington St.

 

Salif Keita

  • Saturday, September 9 at 8:00PM
  • Concord Music Hall
  • 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave.

 

Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo

  • Saturday, September 16 at 3:00PM
  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
  • 201 E. Randolph St.

 

Mariachi Flor de Toloache from New York and Los Hijos de la Montaña

  • Saturday, September 16 at 9:00PM
  • Thalia Hall
  • 1807 S. Allport St.

 

The 606 Walk + Global Peace Picnic

  • Sunday, September 17 from 2:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Humboldt Park Boathouse
  • 1301 N. Sacramento Ave.

 

Hyde Park Jazz Festival featuring Nicole Mitchell and Ballake Sissoko: Bamako * Chicago Sound System

  • Saturday, September 23 at 3:00PM and 5:45PM
  • University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
  • 915 E. 60th St.

 

The full schedule with locations and times of each performance is included below. For more information and festival updates, visit worldmusicfestivalchicago.org and follow the festival on Facebook and on Twitter @WMFChicago #WorldMusicFestChi #ChicagoIsOne

 

FULL SCHEDULE


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8:

Underground System (New York, NY)
Chicago SummerDance

  • Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
  • 601 S. Michigan Ave.
  • Dance Lesson: 6–7 p.m.
  • Live Music: 7:30–9:30 p.m.
  • All Ages

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8–SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9:

Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music + Dance

  • Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
  • 78 E. Washington St.
  • 6:30 p.m.–10 a.m.
  • All Ages

HINDUSTANI (SUNSET @ 7:12 p.m.)

  • 6:30–7:30 p.m.
  • The 85 Year Evolution of Music in Indian Films
  • Anjali Ray, (vocals) with Rishi Thakkar (tabla) + TBD (harmonium)

CARNATIC

  • 7:50–8:50 p.m.
  • Priya Venkatraman & Troupe performing the stories of “Ahimsa: Non-Violence”
  • Music by Shiv Subramaniam

HINDUSTANI

  • 9:10–10:25 p.m.
  • Anindo Chatterjee (tabla) with Anubrata Chatterjee (tabla) and Rohan Misra (sarangi)

CARNATIC

  • 10:45–11:45 p.m.
  • Aditya Prakash (vocals) with Mythili Prakash (bharatanatyam dancer)

JUGALBANDI

  • 12–1:30 a.m.
  • Alam Khan (sarode) with Ambi Subramaniam (violin), Salar Nader (tabla) and Mahesh Krishnamurthy (mridangam)

HINDUSTANI

  • 1:50–3:05 a.m.
  • Satish Vyas (santoor) with Anindo Chatterjee (tabla)

CARNATIC

  • 3:25 a.m. –4:40 a.m.
  • Music from Abhang & Carnatic Traditions
  • Shiv Subramaniam (vocals), Sruti Sarathy (violin) and Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam)

HINDUSTANI

  • 5–6:10 a.m.
  • Roopa Panesar (sitar) with Prishanna Thevarajah (mridangam) and Nitin Mitta (tabla)

SUPRABHATAM (SUNRISE @ 6:25 a.m.)

  • 6:15–6:30 a.m. 
  • Awakening the Gods: Chants from Tirumali Hills

YOGA + GONG MEDITATION LAB

  • Zen Yoga Garage + GongLab
  • Millennium Park, Great Lawn
  • 201 E. Randolph St.
  • 8–10 a.m.
  • (2 hours)

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9:

Bharath Symphony for the 70th Anniversary of India’s Independence
World Premiere Work Commissioned for World Music Festival Chicago
Written and scored by Dr. L. Subramaniam

  • Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • 201 E. Randolph St.
  • 3 p.m.
  • All Ages

Duo Scofano-Minetti (Argentina)
Chicago SummerDance

  • Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
  • 601 S. Michigan Ave.
  • Dance Lesson: 6–7 p.m.
  • Live Music: 7:30–9:30 p.m.
  • All Ages

Salif Keita (Mali)Grand Tapestry (Los Angeles, CA)

  • Concord Music Hall
  • 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave.
  • 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
  • 21+

Uptown Saturday Nights featuring Ugochi & The Afro Soul Ensemble (Chicago, IL) with a special performance by God's Grace, a Congolese refugee family

  • Wilson Abbey
  • 935 W. Wilson Ave.
  • 8–9:30 p.m.
  • All Ages

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10:

Feufollet (Lafayette, LA)
Chicago SummerDance

  • Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
  • 601 S. Michigan Ave.
  • Dance Lesson: 4–5 p.m.
  • Live Music: 5–7 p.m.
  • All Ages

"Women of the World" Underground System (New York, NY) & Ecos del Pacifico Afrocolombia (Colombia) & lePercolateur (Chicago, IL)

  • Navy Pier
  • 600 E. Grand Ave
  • 3–6 p.m.
  • All Ages

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13:

Alfonso Ponticelli + Swing Gitan (Chicago, IL) & Eva Salina (New York, NY)

  • Green Mill
  • 4802 N. Broadway St.
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • 21+

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14:

Tcheka (Cape Verde) & Eva Salina (New York, NY)

  • The Hideout
  • 1354 W Wabansia Ave
  • 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
  • 21+

Kalapriya presents Bhangra Blowout with DJ + Live Dhol (Chicago, IL) & Chicago SummerDance in the Parks

  • Willye B. White Park
  • 1610 W. Howard St.
  • 6–9 p.m.
  • All Ages

Lúnasa (Ireland)

  • Irish American Heritage Center
  • 4626 N. Knox Ave.
  • 7 p.m.
  • All Ages

Vox Sambou (Montreal, Québec | Haiti) & Los Hijos De la Montaña (Tucson, AZ + Portland, OR)

  • Martyrs’
  • 3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
  • 8 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
  • 21+

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15:

Yao Ye (China)

  • Ping Tom Memorial Park
  • 300 W. 19th St.
  • 6 p.m.
  • All Ages

Film Screening: Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai & Tamashek with English subtitles, 75 mins

  • Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
  • 78 E Washington St.
  • 6 p.m.
  • All Ages

 

Vox Sambou (Montreal, Québec | Haiti) & Tcheka (Cape Verde)

  • The Promontory
  • 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West
  • 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
  • All Ages

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16:

La Tribu de Abrante (Puerto Rico)

  • Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
  • 4046 W. Armitage Ave.
  • 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • All Ages

Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo (Venezuela) & Luciano Antonio Quartet (Brazil | Chicago, IL)

  • Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • 201 E. Randolph St.
  • 3 p.m.
  • All Ages

MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY & Mariachi Flor de Toloache (New York, NY) & Los Hijos De La Montaña (Tucson, AZ + Portland, OR)

  • Thalia Hall
  • 1807 S. Allport Ave.
  • 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
  • 21+

Mdou Moctar (Niger) & Ode (Chicago, IL)

  • Martyrs’
  • 3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
  • 10 p.m. (doors open at 9 p.m.)
  • 21+

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17:

Yao Ye (China)

  • Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
  • 78 E. Washington St.
  • 2 p.m.
  • All Ages

The 606 Walk + Global Peace Picnic with Juicebox Concerts & La Tribu de Abrante (Puerto Rico) Mdou Moctar (Niger) & Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo (Venezuela)

  • Humboldt Park Boathouse
  • 1301 N. Sacramento Ave.
  • 2–6 p.m.
  • All Ages

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20:

Trio da Kali (Mali) & Hong Sung Hyun's Chobeolbi (South Korea)

  • Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
  • 78 E. Washington St.
  • 6 p.m.
  • All Ages

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21:

Hong Sung Hyun's Chobeolbi (South Korea)

  • Daley Plaza
  • 50 W. Washington St.
  • Noon
  • All Ages

INSTRUMENT WORKSHOP & Hong Sung Hyun's Chobeolbi (South Korea)

  • People’s Music School
  • 931 W. Eastwood Ave.
  • 6 p.m.
  • All Ages

Sahba Motallebi (USA | Iran) with Naghmeh Farahmand (Canada | Iran) & Iberi Choir (Georgia)

  • Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
  • 78 E. Washington St.
  • 6 p.m.
  • All Ages

Trio da Kali (Mali) & Rami Gabriel (Chicago, IL)

  • The Hideout
  • 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
  • 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
  • 21+

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22:

Bitori (Cape Verde) & Beats y Bateria (Chicago, IL)

  • The Promontory
  • 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West
  • 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show
  • All Ages

Iberi Choir (Georgia)

  • DePaul University Concert Hall
  • 800 W. Belden Ave.
  • 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
  • All Ages

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23:

Hyde Park Jazz Festival & Nicole Mitchell & Ballake Sissoko: Bamako * Chicago Sound System (USA + Mali)

  • University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
  • 915 E. 60th St.
  • 3-4 p.m. and 5:45-6:45 p.m.
  • All Ages

FELABRATION!
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria) &
Bitori (Cape Verde) & AFRICA HI-FI: Ron Trent (MUSICANDPOWER / AFRICA HI-FI) and Sonia H. (Chicago, IL)

  • Concord Music Hall
  • 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave.
  • 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
  • 21+

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24:

Chicago Gypsy Jazz Festival & Caravan Art Festival & Sara Labriola Quartet (New York, NY) & The Harmonious Wail (Madison, WI) & Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan (Chicago, IL) and more!

  • Band of Bohemia
  • 4710 N. Ravenswood Ave.
  • 1–6 p.m.
  • All Ages

 

For the most up-to-date and complete schedule, as well as artist backgrounds, visit the official website WorldMusicFestivalChicago.org.

Get the latest updates on performances and join the conversation on Facebook at facebook.com/WorldMusicFestivalChicago and on Twitter @WMFChicago.

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