Free Concerts at Millennium Park
Attention Chicago natives and Chicago visitors! There are hidden cultural gems all over the city and this one is one of the best. Starting in June and completing its run through summer in late August, this free music series promises to entertain the masses with a broad range of music styles. Formerly dubbed “Downtown Sound and Made in Chicago,” the series has been injected with a new name and a new vibe. The selected bands include local, national and international performers. Some are freshmen in the business while others seasoned pros. We catch up with the series starting tomorrow. Here is the Calendar. All concerts take place at 6:30pm on Mondays and Thursdays.
Thursday July 14th 2016
Ile & Sidewalk Chalk: Ile is a Puerto Rican singer who has travelled and worked extensively with her brothers since age 16. Poised for success of her own now, she hits the stage solo after releasing her first album in June. Complementing the mood are Sidewalk Chalk, a large 8-piece local band with keys, brass and drums. This set is a really great blending of Jazz, R&B and Soul.
Monday July 18th 2016
King Sunny Ade & Ugochi and the Afro Soul Ensemble: King Sunny Ade has been dubbed the undisputed King of Juju music Do not miss him! He is joined by Afro soul poet, Ugochi and her Afro Soul Ensemble who bring versatility and creative performance art to the stage.
Thursday July 21st 2016
Heritage Blues Orchestra & Toshi Reagan: Straight out of NYC, traditional blues veterans Heritage Blues Orchestra brings their “New Orleans Style” horn section to Chicago with a promise to get those feet jumpin’. Playing with the spirit of the gospel nad ingrained with a traditional Coltrane style Blues, they freshen up the genre for new listeners. Toshi Reagan opens with her singer songwriter passion and is sure to woo the crowd with her passionate prose.
Monday July 25th 2016
The Jones Family Singers & Apostolic Church of God Sanctuary Choir: It’s Spiritual night folks! Starting with ACGSC an impressive 300 voice Choir straight out of Chicago’s Gospel Dioceses! The Jones Family Singers, and yes they truly are a family, bring up the rear to finish off this night of inspiration by fusing serious Gospel with vintage R&B and Soul.
Thursday July 28th 2016
NO BAND DUE TO LALAPALOOZA FESTIVAL
Monday August 1st 2016
Jose Gonzalez & Tall Heights: Swedish Born Jose Gonzalez brings his folk heart and guitar to the stage to start out your week with his singer songwriter Indie chops. With a song featured in the film “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” he is not to be missed! Tall Heights bring a similar vibe to compliment. With a cello and an acoustic guitar on board and their vocal harmonies to sweeten the sound, you are sure to have your Monday Blues firmly washed away.
Thursday August 4th 2016
Sinkane & Mark De Clive-Lowe: Sinkane was born in London and blends Sudanese Pop with everything from Free Jazz to Rock. His multi-instrumental talent will keep you engaged and entertained throughout the evening. Mark De Clive-Lowe brings his UK Broken Beat style to the front, with heavy percussion and a blend of Dance and Jazz, he will have you on your feet in no time at all.
Monday August 8th 15th & 22nd 2016
NO MORE MONDAY SHOWS SCHEDULED
Thursday August 11th 2016
Mbongwana Star & Dos Santos Antibeat Orchestra: Mbongwana Star are headed straight to you direct from performing at the famous Reggae on the River festival in Humboldt, California. They are known for their African dance beats from their home in the Congo. Pan Latin Band Dos Santos Antibeat Orchestra bring with them a salsa vibe and share this popular Latin genre that will surely get your weekend dance ya ya’s warmed up!
Thursday August 18th 2016
Elephant Revival & Mandolin Orange: This Colorado band of five, Elephant Revival, blend Alternative Country, Gypsy Rock, and Celtic traditional style to get those feet tapping. Mandolin Orange are an NPR acclaimed duo whose folk roots hail from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Thursday August 25th 2016
Tortoise & Homme: Tortoise are impossible to categorize, paying homage to so many genres their six album legacy will give you plenty to think about. Undoubtedly, these seasoned pro musicians will entertain you tenfold! Homme are an experimental duo whose free forming and Avant Guard style will keep your attention through the whole performance. The Chicago lasses got together in 2014 and have been gaining traction ever since.
We hope you get to enjoy at least one of these free offerings in your Downtown Chicago Area and thank the City of Chicago for loaning the Pavilion to us music lovers for free! Have fun and stay tuned to laurenignited.com for more on music in the coming months.