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Navy Pier’s Sequence Ch!cago Spotlights the Best of the City’s Music and Arts

September 25, 2017

Eclectic lineup of musicians and artisans to gather at the Pier between September 30 and December 20 as part of the iconic lakefront destination’s inaugural fall/winter series celebrating Chicago’s rich arts and culture scene

CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, is welcoming the fall/winter season with Sequence Chicago, a free dynamic performance series that celebrates local artists, musicians and cultural organizations by showcasing their works across the Pier’s various unique platforms. Over the course of 10 dates between September 30 and December 20, Sequence Chicago will spotlight talented performers from across the city who have inspired and influenced the local Chicago’s diverse arts scene. Supported by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the music performances are free and open to the public.

With programs such as “Sounds From Beyond: The Undead Strings,” “Housegiving” and “A Blues Christmas,” the series is set to offer fun, holiday-themed performances to align with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and other seasonal celebrations. The series will also highlight the unique sounds of Chicago’s ethnic cultural traditions – from African, Brazilian and Latin, to Middle Eastern, Indian and many others. On select dates, music performances will be accompanied by the Chicago Culture Market, a marketplace experience featuring handcrafted works produced by talented local artisans.

“A nod to Chicago’s distinguished arts and culture scene, Sequence Ch!cago embodies the spirit of this city’s world-class musical and artistic talent, while living up to Navy Pier’s mission of offering our guests free, dynamic and eclectic experiences during each visit,” says Navy Pier Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer Michelle T. Boone. “This exciting, new series is sure to dazzle guests of all ages, from near and far, and from all walks of life. It is truly a celebration of the diversity found throughout our great city and at the People’s Pier.”

Full Sequence Chicago schedule (subject to change):

Saturday, September 30: Chicago Culture Market 
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Food Experience (between Lalo’s and Brown Sugar Bakery)
MUSIC: AMA (Brazilian); Katie Kaden; Surabhi Ensemble (Middle Eastern/Indian)
MARKET: #HIMOM (jewelry); Loom Chicago (creations by refugee artisans); Mashallah (jewelry); Nana Mendez (jewelry/fashion); Rebuilding Exchange (furniture)

Friday, October 6: Chicago Sounds Like
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns
MUSIC: O’My’s and Ric Wilson in collaboration with Vocalo 91.1 FM

Saturday, October 21: Chicago Culture Market
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Food Experience (between Lalo’s and Brown Sugar Bakery)
MUSIC: Bomba Con Buya (Bomba); ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat (Afro-Latin); Ida y Vuelta (Mexican)
MARKET: Mosaico Arte Chicago (art); oOrn (art); Ivan Vasquez (live art); Susan Volk (sculptural art)

Saturday, October 28: Sounds From Beyond: The Undead Strings
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns
MUSIC: Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago (performing Halloween-themed music dressed as zombies)

Wednesday, November 22 Housegiving: A People’s Pier House Party 
8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Aon Grand Ballroom
MUSIC: Chicago House Legacy Project Band; Gene Hunt; Julius “The Mad Thinker”; Steve “Miggedy” Maestro; Queens of House (Solkat and DJ Alicia)

Saturday, November 25: Chicago Culture Market
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Food Experience (between Lalo’s and Brown Sugar Bakery)
MUSIC: Trio Mokili (African); Sam Trump (Soul); SVB Quartet (classical string quartet)
MARKET: AV Bead Designs; Bodega 18; Provoke Culture; The Silver Room

Saturday, December 2
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Food Experience (southwest corner, across from Ben and Jerry’s)
MUSIC: Cielito Lindo

Saturday, December 9
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Food Experience (southwest corner, across from Ben and Jerry’s)
MUSIC: Wicker Park Chamber Choir

Saturday, December 16
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Food Experience (southwest corner, across from Ben and Jerry’s)
MUSIC: Chicago Gay Men’s Choir

Wednesday, December 20: A Blues Christmas
7 p.m.
Aon Grand Ballroom
MUSIC: Toronzo Cannon, Lil’ Ed, Lynne Jordan; Matthew Skoller

Sequence Chicago is an extension of Navy Pier’s commitment to raising its profile as a mission–‐driven cultural organization, with continued focus on offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs. As the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration continues in 2017, the Pier looks forward to introducing more exciting and innovative year–‐round programming for guests to experience and enjoy for free. For more information on this and other special offerings at the Pier, please visit www.navypier.com.

About Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

The mission of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation is to advance society through the performing arts, conservation of the world’s oceans, and alleviation of poverty. The foundation was created in 2011 to honor Paul M. Angell, and strives to embody the legacy of his compassion, ingenuity and industriousness.

Navy Pier Mission Statement

Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.

About Navy Pier

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities. A nonprofit since 2011, Navy Pier is free and accessible to all. It has the autonomy to act in ways that serve the greater good, with support from the corporate and philanthropic community to create impact where it matters most. Stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming more than 9 million guests annually, Navy Pier offers year-round accessibility to its guests and forms an elegant canvas for the unexpected. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, the Pier features more than 50 acres of public parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, exposition facilities and more. Navy Pier continues to celebrate its centennial with a series of special events and programming, year-round rides on the Centennial Wheel and ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts. More information is available at www.navypier.com.

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