The series features a wide variety of music from established and emerging artists with an almost entirely Chicago lineup.
Monday night’s concert is “I’m Every Woman: Divas Through the Decades with Akenya & Friends, and Mermaid”. The show starts at 6 p.m.
The concerts are free. For more, visit Millennium Park website.
Press release from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events:
WHO: Akenya & Friends, and Mermaid; Binta Diallo, Kayem, Tammy McCann, Rhymefest, Ronnie Malley, Maimouna “Mumu Fresh” Youssef, Drea d’Nur and Rami Nashashibi; Andrew Sa; Natural Information Society + Drum Divas; and Afrodjia Social Club + Proximity — Just to name a few; presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Millennium Park Foundation
WHAT: Millennium Park Summer Musical Series presented by the Millennium Park Foundation presents a wide variety of music from established and emerging artists – in 10 genre-defying concerts at the iconic Jay Pritzker Pavilion. This year’s series puts Chicago on stage – aligned with the city’s artist relief efforts and featuring an almost all-Chicago lineup filled with debuts, new works, commissions and special collaborations. The series is also co-curated with a diverse group of Chicago venues, organizations, and artists. DCASE programming is supported by the Chicago Transit Authority. Free admission, milleniumpark.org
WHERE: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph Street)
WHEN: Mondays from August 2 to September 13 + Thursdays from September 2 to 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Monday August 2 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
I’m Every Woman: Divas Through the Decades with Akenya & Friends and Mermaid
LGBTQ+ party institution Slo ‘Mo celebrates its tenth anniversary with a tribute to queer pride anthems under the musical direction of Akenya featuring a roster of star Chicago musicians and singers spanning R&B, house, disco and pop feminine. Covering hits from the 70s to today, from Chaka Khan to Mariah Carey, the concert will run through a soundtrack intrinsically tied to LGBTQ+ culture and resilience. The couple/duo with R&B and folk influences Mermaid opens the ball. All are invited to join in the groove and elevate Chicago’s LGBTQ+ heritage and influence.
Monday, August 9 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
A night of healing, truth and restorative love
Discover a wide range of eclectic, inspiring voices, sounds and experiences that make up the unique Muslim diaspora. The sound aesthetic, lyrical themes and visual beauty of the evening will take you on a journey of healing, truth and restorative love to ultimately inspire you to action within yourself and your community. Performances by Binta Diallo, Kayem, Tammy McCann, Rhymefest, Ronnie Malley, Maimouna “Mumu Fresh” Youssef, Drea d’Nur, Rami Nashashibi, with the mistress of ceremonies Jacinda Bullie.
Monday August 16 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Andrew in another country
A voice bigger than the stage, Andrew Sa has been surprising audiences in small clubs for years, but what he has planned for a Millennium Park debut is even bigger. A rotating cast of musicians from different backgrounds and talents share a microphone with the town’s country crooner backed by an all-star band. All of which of course leads to the start of a sprawling cinematic experience that utilizes numerous Chicago artists and filmmakers featuring dozens of musicians spanning generations and styles as an audience ventures into Sa’s subconscious in a Otherworldly Adventure: Andrew in Anotherland. The live performance accompanying this feat will be no less spectacular, drawing from a select group of musicians featured in the film.
Monday August 23 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
“Fire Preservation” with Natural Information Society + Drum Divas. Co-organized with Alejandro Ayala aka King Hippo. For the past eleven years, Joshua Abrams has composed, recorded and toured under the name Natural Information Society (NIS) with a changing set of musicians. Grounded in Abrams’ intertwining, multi-layered compositions, the band’s long-running psychedelic environments have been described as ecstatic minimalism. NIS navigates in forms that emphasize collective listening and simultaneous differences while constructing a space that is both meditative and propulsive. Hanging paintings by harmoniumist Lisa Alvarado create a visual analogy to the band’s music and recontextualize the performance space. His work appears on the covers of the band’s six albums on Eremite Records and their collaboration with Bichin’ Bajas on Drag City Records. Natural Information Society’s latest recording, descension (Out of Our Constrictions) was released in April 2021.
Monday August 30 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Afrodjia Social Club + Proximity
Afrodjia Social Club: Cool underground art meets nightlife in an experiential multidisciplinary performance by DJ Sadie Woods and friends, exploring spacemaking traditions through diaspora music and culture. This evening will feature a heady mix of jazz fusion, tropical disco, deep house, musical accompaniment with a live line-up and special guest performances. Proximity: The Silver Room and Connect Gallery present Proximity – a sound study of time and space and its relationship to influence. A performance by bassist Micah Collier & Electrec explores the genres of house, footwork, bebop and soul to show how their closeness helped influence and innovate new sounds and songwriting approach.
Thursday, September 2 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On a spectacular musical journey of thousands of miles – from her home in Chiapas, Mexico to Chicago – young Zulema zigzags through the culturally diverse landscapes of her homeland and our beautiful city along the way. The uplifting regional music and dance of the Grammy-nominated Sones de México ensemble is a joyous event for the whole family.
Monday, September 6 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Contemporary Indigenous Voices featuring Leonard Sumner, Lyla June and Tall Paul
“Contemporary Indigenous Voices” Representing different nations from the United States and Canada, these contemporary Indigenous artists reimagine what is possible for Indigenous music with a one-of-a-kind performance rooted in cultures and art older than America. Co-curated with artist Frank Waln
Thursday, September 9 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
CIVL Summer Concert with Neal Francis and a TBA Special Headlining Band
The CIVL Summer Concerts at Millennium Park aim to showcase diverse local talent on Chicago’s various stages each night. Two nights of special guest collaborations will combine local artists, rarely on stage together, to create original multi-sensory works.
Monday, September 13 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Angel Meléndez & the 911 Mambo Orchestra – Homenaje a la Salsa Boricua de Chicago + ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat
Angel Melendez is a GRAMMY nominated composer, arranger, instructor and trombonist from Chicago. Inspired by the 2011 release of Cult Cargo: Chicago’s Salsa Boricua by Chicago record label Numero Group, this special-order DCASE pays homage to the heyday of Chicago’s emerging salsa scene in the late 1900s. 1960s and 1970s, centered around the Puerto Rican Mutual Aid Congress of the time. and Carlos Ruiz’s Ebirac records from which young groups like Orquesta La Justicia, La Solución, La Típica and others emerged. ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat will open the show.
Thursday, September 16 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Grammy Legacies – Eighth Blackbird with special guests to be announced
The Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy is celebrating 60 years of supporting Chicago musicians. Featuring Eighth Blackbird with special guests to be announced.
Jay Pritzker Pavilion events will not have limited capacity (beyond normal venue capacity) and will not require pre-registration for the bowl or lawn. All summer events will adhere to the latest public health and safety guidelines, with mobile vaccinations at many City-sponsored events. Plan your visit to milleniumpark.org.”
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