Sunday, July 22, 2018
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show with reggae band, Unity, and special guests, DJ Papa G and the Chicago South American Ensemble, part of Navy Pier’s free music and dance series, Live on the Lake!
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7pm – 8pm
DJ Papa G
4:30pm – 5:30pm & 6:30pm – 7pm
Chicago South American Ensemble
2pm – 3pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Since its creation in 1990, the Baltimore-based Unity has been pleasing listeners with its unique, roots-based reggae music. Now an accomplished musical unit, Unity prides itself on its versatility.
From the very beginning, the band originally known as Natty Skank, has been a melting pot of various musical influences. Each member brings their own unique musical perspective which, when brought together under the umbrella of Reggae, creates a musical style that is unique but true to the roots-reggae style of music.
With 28 years of live performance experience as a group, Unity knows how to please a crowd. Having amassed a huge repertoire of original reggae and covers, no two shows are ever the same. Veterans of three U.S. tours, Unity has shared its message of positivity to thousands of happy music lovers of all ages in clubs, at festivals, colleges, weddings, and charity events.
Unity’s latest release, Urban Music (2005) is their fourth, and contains music written over a 12-year period. Unity’s performance highlights include sharing the stage with THE WAILERS, YELLOWMAN, BURNING SPEAR, GREGORY ISAACS, EEK-A-MOUSE, WAR, and MUTABARUKA.
Yuri Hevia is a Chilean drummer based in Chicago since 2006. His arrival to the United States was in 2002 when he was the invited drummer of the group Mamma Soul, who were nominated that year for the Latin Grammys.
Yuri came to Chicago from Los Angeles, where he was a session drummer. Once here, he began his studies of traditional and folkloric South American, North African and Middle Eastern music. He has played with the legendary New York flautist Dave Valentin, participated in a tour with the Latin Jazz All-Stars along with the legendary jazz musicians: Steve Turre, Nestor Torres and Chembo Corniel. He has also collaborated with the Cuban jazz master Orlando Sanchez, Cubajazz and the legendary Puerto Rican trombonist William Cepeda.
This year, Yuri begins his project with the first South American Ensemble in Chicago with talented young musicians from Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Mexico and the United States.
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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