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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Live on the Lake!: Gizzae

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show with reggae band, Gizzae, and special guests, DJ Papa G and ESSO, part of Navy Pier’s free music and dance seriesLive on the Lake! 

Performance Schedule

5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7pm – 8pm

DJ Papa G
4:30pm – 5:30pm & 6:30pm – 7pm

Afrojam Funkbeat
2pm – 3pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

About the Performers


Gizzae is truly a band of the world – With musicians hailing from the four corners of the Earth, Rocket and Gizzae have been playing for crowds across the country for over 35 years! Their musical experiences have collectively earned them Grammy® awards, Chicago Music Awards and they have opened for some of the biggest names in Reggae. They have also recorded and played professionally with such acts as:

Ziggy Marley, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Third World, Toots and Maytals, Burning Spear, Carly Simon, The Talking Heads, Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Chachi, Michael Black, Moja Nya, Dallol, Rude Beat Society, The Mighty Baron of Trinidad, Bell Combo and many others.

Working and playing with such a vast array of musical styles and talents has enabled Gizzae to create a unique blend of Roots Reggae.

Gizzae’s brand of jam-reggae is always backed with strong guitar solos and riffing, warm pads and ambient vibes from the dual keyboardists.

Some songs are heavily influenced by Soca and Calypso and other genres such as jazz and even rock. Just when you think you’ve heard everything Gizzae has to offer, the band instinctively and seamlessly transitions into Bob Marley reggae/blues finale to satisfy the keyboard and guitar solo fans. This is the way to see a Chicago reggae band!

Formed in 1992 after the breakup of Dallol (Ziggy Marley’s Touring Band) and Moja Nya (New York), Gizzae soon became a fan favorite in the Chicago and Midwest reggae scene. A Sunday night staple at the fledgling Wild Hare, fans started to come out to hear this new reggae band in force and 25 years later, they still rock the house.

If you like live jams and wicked solos, come dance the night away with Gizzae!

Learn more at gizzae.com

DJ Papa G

Learn more at facebook.com/papa.george.33


ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat came to life in late 2013, drawing from the members’ shared love of dance, soul, and high energy music. Earning their start as the house band for a live music night in downtown Chicago, the rotating members collaborated live onstage until a solid foundation assembled. With a growing setlist of original material, co-founders and songwriters Armando Pérez and Kevin Miller recorded and released their first original recordings an online EP mixtape in 2014 via Belmont Electric Studios.

Catching the attention of tastemakers, promoters, and booking agents, they began to play bigger venues and festival stages opening for national and international touring acts alike. Continuing to write and record, they recorded and self-released their eponymous full length album on Pérez’ newly founded Sonic Octopus Recordings imprint in 2015. With their first LP in hand, the band toured through the Midwest to New Orleans and back garnering local and national attention. 

Learn more at essoafrojamfunkbeat

About this Series: Live on the Lake!

This free, all ages concert is presented as part of Live on the Lake!, Navy Pier’s free summer music series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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