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Friday, July 12, 2019

Fresh Fest! presented by Allstate

10:00 am - 8:30 pm

Join us for Fresh Fest! presented by Allstate Insurance Company, a two-day, Pier-wide performance program featuring young performers of Chicago. This free festival is open to the public, and will include multiple performances on July 11 and 12 at various stages and spaces at Navy Pier (Wave Wall platform and Polk Bros Park and Performance Lawns).  


Wiggle Worms

Since 1985, the Old Town School of Folk Music’s celebrated early childhood music program has welcomed young children and their families to the world of music. Children sing, dance, learn finger plays and story songs, and explore rhythm instruments especially designed for little hands. For children newborn through four years, it’s the perfect time for these special experiences with the language of music.

Forward Momentum

Forward Momentum Chicago provides high-quality, affordable dance education programs in the classroom and in the community to children typically not exposed to this art form with emphasis on health and fitness.  It embraces Big Ideas, Enduring Understanding, and Essential Questions to transcend each discipline allowing students to leave “dance class” with critical thinking, communication, and creative processes that they can apply to their other subjects.

The Happiness Club

The Happiness Club is a group of Chicago kids that rap, dance and create original material for musical shows that are designed to encourage positive values and social change through the arts.  Diverse in age, race and backgrounds, the Happiness Club kids sing out against drugs, gangs, violence, and smoking and say “yes!” to education, tolerance, high self-esteem and helping the environment.

Hubbard Street Dance

The Youth Dance Program of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago provides an in-depth dance education to youth throughout the city, in our West Loop studios and in the Chicago Public Schools. Today’s featured dancers are part of our ChoreoLab program, a unique ensemble of young dancers ages 8-11 years, who will be performing original work created during their choreographic studies, as well as students from our Intermediate Summer Intensive program.

Celebrating its 42nd Season in 2019–20, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago continues to innovate, supporting ascendant creative talent while presenting repertory by internationally recognized living artists. HSDC tours domestically and internationally, but is also deeply connected to its hometown, Chicago, regularly partnering with fellow arts institutions, including the Auditorium Theatre, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. HSDC offers an integrated, flexible, and sequential portfolio of training and education programs that serve thousands of students and families each year, through its home studio, the Hubbard Street Dance Center, as well as in classrooms and community centers across the Chicago area.

School of Rock Chicago

School of Rock Chicago‘s Performance Program is all about translating students’ abilities to play in the lesson room to performing on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.  Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history’s greatest rock and roll performers including: The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

Over the past 20 years, PRAA has emerged as a primary cultural resource, offering high-quality, music and arts educational programming to 30,000 participants each year. PRAA operates three community centers in Chicago (PRAA Center, Humboldt Park Field House and Latin Music Project Center) and also partners with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and organizations across the Midwest to offer after school classes and events on-site.

The Latin Music Project School Program consists of two community initiatives; one which is held at our Latin Music Project Center; the other works in partnership with neighboring Chicago Public Schools.   Our after school classes engage students in learning how to play the Cuatro which is a midsized guitar prominent in Latin music, classic guitar, and violin.  Participants also learn how to read music, play traditional Latin American songs, and perform in group settings.  Classes are held at our Latin Music Project Center and at selected school sites.  Student participants ages range between 4-18 years old.   Our music programs are arranged for children and youth only.

Bollywood Groove

Experience a Rhythmic Exploration of India with Bollywood Groove & Culture Groove! Watch our instructors and youth dancers perform and lead audience interactives with folk-inspired dances from different regions of India. We offer dance + culture classes for kids and adults along with bestselling children’s books that help Raise Multicultural Kids! For more visit BollyGroove.com & CultureGroove.com.

CICS Wrightwood School 

More information to come. 

NextGenJazz, Emerging Artists project

Unlike the early days of jazz, places where young musicians can perform in residence are few and far between. NextGenJazz provides a great opportunity for audiences to hear emerging artists and a venue for Chicago’s talented young performers to hone their craft.

About Fresh Fest!

Fresh Fest! presented by Allstate Insurance Company is a two-day showcase of Chicago’s talented young performing artists, presenting a range of musical and dance talent in a variety of styles, including blues, classical, rock, jazz and more.

Performance Schedule

10:00am – 11:45am | Wiggle Worms | Lake Stage

12:00pm – 1:00pm | Forward Momentum | City Stage

1:00pm – 1:30pm | The Happiness Club | Wave Wall Platform

1:30pm – 2:15pm | Hubbard Street Dance | City Stage

2:00pm – 2:45pm | School of Rock Chicago | Wave Wall Platform

3:00pm – 3:45pm | PRAA | City Stage

4:00pm – 4:30pm | Bollywood Groove | Wave Wall Platform

5:00pm – 5:30pm | CICS Wrightwood School | City Stage

6:00pm – 8:30pm | NextGenJazz, Jazz Institute | Lake Stage

Getting Here & Parking

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