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Celebrate Chicago Soul Music at Navy Pier’s Second Annual Chi-Soul Fest

CHICAGO – Navy Pier’s lively summer programming continues through June with the second annual Chi-Soul Fest music festival and celebration of soul music, kicking off on Friday, June 21 through Saturday, June 22. This one-of-a-kind weekend is an intergenerational conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of African-American Appreciation Month and will feature some of the city’s top soul artists across all of the Pier’s public performance venues.

Looking back, Chicago’s rich history of soul was showcased on the famous Record Row in the 1960s and 70’s on South Michigan Avenue when labels, such as Vee-Jay Records, Chess Records and Curtom Records featured classic recordings from artists, like The Dells, Curtis Mayfield, Etta James, Donny Hathaway, Herbie Hancock and Earth Wind & Fire. The legacy of soul still echoes in Chicago’s current musical landscape and through its free line-up, Chi-Soul Fest reflects the past, present and future of Chicago soul music.

The full schedule for Chi-Soul Fest is outlined below:

Friday, June 21

10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Ayana Contereras Pop-Up: “Energy Never Dies”

Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion

5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Honey & The 45s

Miller Lite Beer Garden

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Chi-Soul Sisters Concert hosted by Marqueal Jordan, featuring Terisa Griffin, Carol Riddick, Joyce Hurley, Mys Michelle and Simone Green

Polk Bros Park (Lake Stage)

9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Neal Francis

Miller Lite Beer Garden

 

Saturday, June 22

10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Ayana Contereras Pop-Up: “Energy Never Dies”

Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

DJ Tess

Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion

1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Silver Room Block Party preview by The Silver Room

Polk Bros Park

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Discussion by Duane Powell – Affro-Arts: From The Elements to Chaka Khan, the Gift of Kelan Phil Cohran

Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Alysha Monique

Miller Lite Beer Garden

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Vocalo Showcase ft. Nate Barksdale, Marcus Atom, Oliv Blu, Rahkii and Loona Dae

Polk Bros Park (Lake Stage)

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

DJ Sadie Woods

Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Discussion by Ayana Contreras: Curtis Mayfield

Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion

4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Aniba Hotep & The Sol Collective

Miller Lite Beer Garden

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

DJ Duane Powell

Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Chi-Brations Showcase with Sam Trump, featuringKrystal Metcalfe, Rhea The Second, Erthe St. James, Jack Red, Astro Samurai

Polk Bros Park (Lake Stage)

7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Manny Torres

Miller Lite Beer Garden

9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Bumpus

Miller Lite Beer Garden

 

Other arts, cultural and engagement programs that weekend include three popular music series: Wiggleworms, a children’s music series presented in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music, Make Music Chicago, a global day of music, and Wave Wall Wax, an ongoing weekly DJ series; as well as the signature Aon Summer Fireworks. Chi-Soul Fest guests are also encouraged to enjoy other Pier-wide experiences in dining, retail, boats and other activities and attractions. Please note that all events and programs are subject to change.

Navy Pier’s free summer programming is a part of the non-profit destination’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and cultural programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. For more information, visit www.navypier.org.

 

PHOTOS: Chi-Soul Fest | Credit: Vocalo


 About Navy Pier

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-attended nonprofit destinations in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming nearly 9 million guests annually. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more. The Pier recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with the unveiling of the iconic Centennial Wheel, Polk Bros Park, Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion. In 2019, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including a 220-room Hilton hotel with rooftop bar, a marina and more – in addition to free, year-round arts and cultural programming designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. Click here to donate to Navy Pier, a 501(c)(3) organization, in support of free public programs. For more information, visitwww.navypier.org.

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