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Fresh Fest! presented by Allstate Insurance Company


Fresh Fest! presented by Allstate Insurance Company

Family-friendly youth performance festival.

Fresh Fest!, presented by Allstate Insurance Company, is a day long performance program spotlighting young artists in  Chicago. This free festival is open to the public, and will feature various genres of dance, music and performance art at the Wave Wall Platform and at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park on Friday, July 10.
  • 10:00am-11:45am – WigglewormsLake Stage in Polk Bros Park

  • 12:40pm-1:00pm – Trickster Native Youth Opening – Wave Wall Platform

  • 1:00pm-2:00pm – School of Rock Chicago – Wave Wall Platform

    • School of Rock is a performance-based music school for kids aged 8-18, located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Since 2006, School of Rock has been training Chicago’s next generation of rock and roll stars.

      While all School of Rock students perform, the "Show Team", representing the best students, plays throughout the city at numerous street festivals and block parties, and provides tour support for national and regional acts at local rock venues. Students must audition to be selected for the exclusive Show Team, which performs a mix of great family-friendly rock songs from a variety of eras and styles.

      A School of Rock set is an amazing thing to watch - the students bring the rock just as hard as the "pro" bands they share the stage with. Show Team students enchant older rock fans with their musical skill, and mesmerize younger audiences with their infectious exuberance. School of Rock has become a fixture at many local summer festivals, including performances at Taste of Chicago, Milwaukee Summerfest, Riot Fest, BenFest, Motoblot, Wicker Park Fest, Fresh Fest!, Roscoe Village Burger Fest, and Retro on Roscoe, and has performed at most local Chicago rock clubs, such as Metro, Reggie’s, Lincoln Hall, Schuba’s, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Double Door, and Beat Kitchen.

  • 2:15pm-3:00pm – Collaboraction – Wave Wall Platform

    • Collaboraction is curating a collection of Chicago youth performers from our Light Festival and Teen Ensemble. Collaboraction, Chicago’s Theatre for Social Change, collaborates with a diverse community of Chicagoans, artists and community activists to create original theatrical experiences and online programming that cultivate knowledge, empathy, dialogue and action around Chicago'ssystems of oppression and the ensuing poverty and inequity. Since the company’s founding in 1996, Collaboraction has worked with more than 3,000 artists to bring more than 80 productions and events to more than 250,000 audience members. Collacboraction's youth programming brings together youth from throughout Chicago to create work around their perspective and vision for social change.

      Collaboraction is the resident theatre company of Kennedy-King College’s 292-seat performing art center in Englewood and has a two studio venue in the Flat Iron Arts Building of Wicker Park. Collaboraction annually produces the Peacebook Festival, The Light Youth Theatre Festival (videos online premiering July 25, 2020 at, All I Want For Chicago Is... , After School Matters Youth Ensemble and mainstage show.  

  • 3:15pm-4:00pm – Puerto Rican Arts Alliance: Latin Music Project – Wave Wall Platform

    • The Latin Music Project Ensemble is a selection of youth that have gone through our educational programs and have reached a higher performance level. Having performed in venues such as Chicago Cultural Center, Harris Theatre and in mayor events such as Mayors Inauguration, Fresh Fest and the National Cuatro Festival, they have become an impactful attraction to the public eye . The repertoire performed by this youth ensemble varies from all kinds of Latin American folk music to re-imagination of popular classics adapted to Latin rhythms. 

      To learn more about the Latin Music Project, you can visit our webpage

  • 4:15pm-4:45pm – The Happiness Club – Wave Wall Platform

    • The Happiness Club is Chicago's favorite hip hop group with a positive message.  The kids encourage positive values and social change through the original hip hop and pop music, dance and rap featured in their high energy show.  The Happiness Club, a not-for-profit organization, provides kids from all over Chicago with a year round free performing arts education.  For more information and to see the kids in action go to
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm – Joshua MhoonWave Wall Platform

    • Joshua Mhoon’s talent has taken him worldwide to play the piano for audiences in Japan, England, France, Greece, Turkey, Austria, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Currently Joshua is a Lang Lang Young Scholar.

      Joshua performed a duet with clarinetist Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, he played in an ensemble lead by cellist YoYo Ma, He opened for the Jacksons, Ramsey Lewis and Nick Canon at Lincoln Center (NY), played with the National Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall (NY), performed at Ravinia (IL), performed with The New World Symphony (FL), played with The Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra at Chicago Symphony Center (IL), solo performance at The United Center (IL), played for the 2019 Chicago Mayoral Inauguration at the Wintrust Arena (IL), and did a solo performance at Steinway Hall (NY) and Lang Lang.  

      Mhoon’s influences include classical artists such as Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Beethoven as well as hip-hop artists like Kanye West, Chance The Rapper and Migos.

      Mhoon is currently a student at Chicago Whitney Young Magnet High School as well as a member of MENSA. Although he has pursued other hobbies, including learning new languages, basketball and investing in the stock market, above all else, Mhoon loves playing the piano. As he said in a 2016 interview on WTTW TV, “I definitely want to make music my life.”

  • 6:30pm-8:30pm – NextGenJazz: Emerging Artists ProjectLake Stage in Polk Bros Park

    • The NextGenJazz Emerging Artists Project promotes leadership, creativity, and a foundation for self-marketing for members of our Jazz Links Student Council; a program for students to develop musically and professionally through exposure to live music, workshops with professional musicians and performance opportunities throughout the city.

      • Devin Shaw: Devin Shaw is a 17 year old pianist who attends Whitney Young Magnet High School and studies under the Direction of Jim Barbick. He studied classical music at the Merit School of Music, and currently pursues a jazz studies through the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Ravinia Jazz Scholars programs. He has been a Jazz Links Student Council Member since 2018. In 2019 & 2020 he was selected to play piano in the state-wide music festival ILMEA at the highest level in the Honors Jazz Combo. He currently studies with jazz pianist Ryan Cohan, as well as many other renowned Chicago musicians.

      • Jahari Stampley: Jahari is a Chicago-born pianist who began playing the piano at the age of 14. He has won various competitions including Best High School Jazz Soloist Award, the Jazz Institute's Kiewit-Wang Mentorship Award, and the National YoungArts Competition. At the age of 18, he was recognized and followed by many world renowned musicians including Yebba Smith, Robert Glasper, Cory Henry, Jacob Collier, Derrick Hodge, Travis Sayles, Mike Mitchell, Andre Sims, Isaiah Sharkey, among others. Jahari was recently asked to play on Derrick Hodge’s upcoming album and has now worked in the studio with Yebba Smith, Mike Mitchell, and Travis Sayles. Jahari was also the winner of the Bösendorfer prize for the international 2019 American Jazz Pianists Association Competition. Jahari is a Jazz Links Student Council alumnus.
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