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If you want to experience live music, look no further than Navy Pier. For decades, music has remained an essential part of the Pier’s lifeblood.

A stroll around the Pier is like a trip through a giant streaming service that stretches out onto Lake Michigan. From classic rock to reggae, heavy metal to hip-hop, big band to blues—not to mention Motown, folk, country and jazz—you can enjoy almost any music genre on any given day at Navy Pier. Some of Chicago’s top musicians and most popular bands perform here because we have some of the best live music venues in Chicago.

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Live Music at Navy Pier

Stroller Grooves: Little Miss Ann

Free Public Program

February 6, 2018

Stroller Grooves: Little Miss Ann

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Crystal Gardens

A free children’s music series presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum!

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Join us in the Crystal Gardens Tuesdays in February and March from 12:00pm – 1:00pm for Stroller Grooves – a free children’s music series presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum! The series will continue every Tuesday from February 6th thru March 27th.

About Little Miss Ann

Ann Torralba aka Little Miss Ann is an award winning kids musician, a former Chicago Public School teacher, a mom, a veteran instructor at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, and a first generation Filipina-American.

She has made 5 kids cd’s including her latest, “Keep On” with Amy D. “Keep On” was produced by Grammy award winning producer, Dean Jones. Ann is an award winning kids musician and has received a Silver Parent’s Choice Award and a NAPPA for her music.

Little Miss Ann’s songs have been featured on Sirius XM Kids Place Live, WXPN Kids Corner, WTMD Young at Heart, WXRT Local Anesthetic, and on the NAEYC Featured songs page. Little Miss Ann and her band have brought their down-to-earth, yet upbeat, interactive and energetic performances to Millennium Park, SXSW, Lollapalooza, Pilgrimage Music Festival outside of Nashville, TN, 92Y Tribeca and Brookfield Place in NYC, Overture Center, and more.

Global Connections: International Carnivale Celebration

Free Public Program

Celebrate Carnivale with food, music and arts from Italy, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, New Orleans and more.

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The tradition of Carnivale is celebrated throughout the world in a wide variety of ways. Join us in the Aon Grand Ballroom for an afternoon celebration of Carnivale, featuring art, music, dance, food and drinks of from Italy, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, New Orleans and more!

International Carnivale Live Performances Include:

La Tosca performing with dancers (Italy)
PLANETA AZUL and Passistas Dancers (Brazil)
LowDown Brass Band (New Orleans style brass band)
Rhythm Jammerz from Windy City West Indian Carnival with dancers (Trinidad and Tobago)
DJ AfroQbano (Future Rootz)
Joe Sonnefeldt (Steel pan) 

Navy Pier’s International Carnivale Celebration is part of Global Connections, presented by ComEd, a free community event series. Learn more about Global Connections, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year. 

Stroller Grooves: The Lucky Trikes

Free Public Program

February 13, 2018

Stroller Grooves: The Lucky Trikes

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Crystal Gardens

A free children’s music series presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum!

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Join us in the Crystal Gardens Tuesdays in February and March from 12:00pm – 1:00pm for Stroller Grooves – a free children’s music series presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum! The series will continue every Tuesday from February 6th thru March 27th.

About The Lucky Trikes

The Lucky Trikes is a storytelling chamber band that performs for groups of all ages anywhere there is a gathering space and a few pairs of open ears. We grew out of a chamber band, The Lucky Bikes, in 2014 while performing Stories Wrapped in String at the William Harris Lee & Co. luthier shops in Chicago’s Fine Arts Building and Wilmette, where they still perform monthly.

Each story time is curated around a theme and includes well-known and award-winning books, new publications, improvised and classical music, original stories and songs. Musicians from Chicago’s thriving new music and free jazz scenes join storyteller-musicians Deirdre and Kyle for each performance.

Stroller Grooves: Q Brothers

Free Public Program

February 20, 2018

Stroller Grooves: Q Brothers

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Crystal Gardens

A free children’s music series presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum!

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Join us in the Crystal Gardens Tuesdays in February and March from 12:00pm – 1:00pm for Stroller Grooves – a free children’s music series presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum! The series will continue every Tuesday from February 6th thru March 27th.

About the Q Brothers

The Q Brothers have been writing plays/musicals for almost 20 years. We like to take classic works and translate them into modern contexts, while staying true to the original stories. In this way, we believe we pay homage to the original authors, and make their timeless stories more accessible to modern day audiences. Our plays are in rhyme, and performed over original music spun by a live deejay. We call them “Add-Rap-Tations”.

Global Connections: Chinese New Year

Free Public Program

Celebrate Chinese New Year with traditional food, music and arts.

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Join us in the Aon Grand Ballroom for an afternoon celebration of Chinese New Year, presented in partnership with the Chinese Fine Arts Society.

Guests can enjoy performances by the Chicago Chinese Cultural Center Lion Dancers, the award-winning Flying Fairies dance troupe, martial arts by Bei Dou Kung Fu’s Master Wu Jing Tao and his studio, traditional Chinese music by the Eight Tones Chinese Music Ensemble, Cheng Da Drum Team, and many other luminaries from the Chicago Chinese community.

Navy Pier’s Chinese New Year Celebration is part of Global Connections, presented by ComEd, a free community event series. Learn more about Global Connections, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year. 

Stroller Grooves: Animal Farm

Free Public Program

February 27, 2018

Stroller Grooves: Animal Farm

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Crystal Gardens

A free children’s music series presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum!

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Join us in the Crystal Gardens Tuesdays in February and March from 12:00pm – 1:00pm for Stroller Grooves – a free children’s music series presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum! The series will continue every Tuesday from February 6th thru March 27th.

About Animal Farm

Animal Farm is a group of musician-educators who perform original songs and sketches for children and families. Inspired by the challenges and triumphs of the children they have taught, Seth Adams (The Sheriff) and David Ladon (Farmer Dave) write songs about community, self-expression, and growing up.

Animal Farm performs their energetic live show for elementary-aged students in public schools, park districts, libraries, and cultural centers. Blending music, educational comedy, and interactive storytelling, Farmer Dave and The Sheriff are often joined on stage by Stephanie “Sly” Young on violin and Thor Bremer on drums. The quartet is an official touring artist for Urban Gateways, the premier community arts programming organization for youth in Chicago, and was a featured performer at both the 2015 Illinois Suburban Parks and Recreation Association Showcase and the 2016 Illinois Library Association’s Reaching Forward Conference.

Animal Farm’s debut album, Run Free (2016), was mixed and mastered at Kingsize Soundlabs by Mike Hagler (Wilco, Neko Case), and features studio versions of songs from our live show. Run Free is now available on compact disc, digital download and streaming through all major outlets.

Global Connections: Holi

Free Public Program

March 4, 2018

Global Connections: Holi

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Aon Grand Ballroom

Celebrate Holi with traditional food, music and arts.

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Join us in the Aon Grand Ballroom for Holi, a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, also known as the “festival of colors” or the “festival of love.” 

Holi Live Performances include: 

Funkadesi (an Indian, reggae, funk and Afro-Caribbean grooves fusion band)
Zeshan B (native Chicagoan offering Indo-Pakistani feels through soul, blues and R&B music) 
Surahbi Ensemble (Chicago-based world music group offering an eclectic mix of sounds and movements) 
Mandala Arts (Mandala connects audiences and students with the vibrancy, flavors, and colors of the performing arts traditions of South Asia)
Bollywood Groove (a Bollywood Dance, Fitness & Entertainment company in the Chicagoland area offering 35 classes throughout their various locations)
Cabinet of Curiosities (an experimental events company focused on creating new ceremonies, rituals, sophisticated puppetry and offering in-depth design consultation)

Navy Pier’s Holi Celebration is part of Global Connections, presented by ComEd, a free community event series. Learn more about Global Connections, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year. 

Stroller Grooves: Future Hits

Free Public Program

March 6, 2018

Stroller Grooves: Future Hits

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Crystal Gardens

A free children’s music series presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum!

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Join us in the Crystal Gardens Tuesdays in February and March from 12:00pm – 1:00pm for Stroller Grooves – a free children’s music series presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum! The series will continue every Tuesday from February 6th thru March 27th.

About Future Hits

Matt Baron worked in logistics sales for years until he realized cold-calling in business parks wasn’t his calling. He decided to pursue teaching to share his love of learning with students of all language backgrounds (plus some structured time off to write and perform music!).

In his first year teaching for Chicago Public Schools, Baron began writing standards-based songs with corresponding activities to teach his English as a New Language students as well as the general population of kids at his school.

This led to Future Hits, a heartfelt (yet secretly educational) band whose sound has been likened to what Yo La Tengo and the Velvet Underground would sound like if they started a band whose main audience was children, and more simply as “Death Cab for Kindergarten.”

Since 2011, Matt and his bandmates Emma Hospelhorn, Ben Sutherland, and Nick Kabat have written nearly 70 songs, released two albums (with a third one slated for a 2018 release), presented and led professional development, provided Future Hits Enrichment programs in countless classrooms and after-school settings, and played shows in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, China, and even the Galápagos Islands.

Stroller Grooves: Q Brothers

Free Public Program

March 13, 2018

Stroller Grooves: Q Brothers

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Crystal Gardens

A free children’s music series presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum!

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Join us in the Crystal Gardens Tuesdays in February and March from 12:00pm – 1:00pm for Stroller Grooves – a free children’s music series presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum! The series will continue every Tuesday from February 6th thru March 27th.

About the Q Brothers

The Q Brothers have been writing plays/musicals for almost 20 years. We like to take classic works and translate them into modern contexts, while staying true to the original stories. In this way, we believe we pay homage to the original authors, and make their timeless stories more accessible to modern day audiences. Our plays are in rhyme, and performed over original music spun by a live deejay. We call them “Add-Rap-Tations”.

Stroller Grooves: Little Miss Ann

Free Public Program

March 20, 2018

Stroller Grooves: Little Miss Ann

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Crystal Gardens

A free children’s music series presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum!

Read More

Join us in the Crystal Gardens Tuesdays in February and March from 12:00pm – 1:00pm for Stroller Grooves – a free children’s music series presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum! The series will continue every Tuesday from February 6th thru March 27th.

About Little Miss Ann

Ann Torralba aka Little Miss Ann is an award winning kids musician, a former Chicago Public School teacher, a mom, a veteran instructor at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, and a first generation Filipina-American.

She has made 5 kids cd’s including her latest, “Keep On” with Amy D. “Keep On” was produced by Grammy award winning producer, Dean Jones. Ann is an award winning kids musician and has received a Silver Parent’s Choice Award and a NAPPA for her music.

Little Miss Ann’s songs have been featured on Sirius XM Kids Place Live, WXPN Kids Corner, WTMD Young at Heart, WXRT Local Anesthetic, and on the NAEYC Featured songs page. Little Miss Ann and her band have brought their down-to-earth, yet upbeat, interactive and energetic performances to Millennium Park, SXSW, Lollapalooza, Pilgrimage Music Festival outside of Nashville, TN, 92Y Tribeca and Brookfield Place in NYC, Overture Center, and more.

Stroller Grooves: Muntu Dance Theatre

Free Public Program

A free children’s music series presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum!

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Join us in the Crystal Gardens Tuesdays in February and March from 12:00pm – 1:00pm for Stroller Grooves – a free children’s dance and music series presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum! The series will continue every Tuesday from February 6th thru March 27th.

About Muntu Dance Theatre

In the Bantu language, “muntu” means “the essence of humanity.” It’s what the Company seeks to express in its work and to touch in its audiences. Through its performances, Muntu strives to create an atmosphere of communal participation, encouraging and inspiring audiences and participants to join in the celebration! 

Founded in 1972, The Chicago-based Muntu Dance Theatre performs authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance, music, and folklore. A colorful and dynamic Company, Muntu brings its audiences out of their seats and into the aisles with its unique synthesis of dance, rhythm and song. 



The Company is highly regarded for its innovative repertory, preserving traditional African dance while creating new works that build on African, Caribbean and African-American cultural traditions. We carefully research the cultural and historical significance of the dances and the societies from which they originate. 

Muntu is more than just a performing company. We are also a company of teachers: an essential element to the perpetuation of our art form and its accurate transmittal to our audiences. Muntu’s core programs include professional performances both at home and abroad, comprehensive community arts programs, classes for the public and professional training for emerging new young artists.

Marshmello

April 7, 2018

Marshmello

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Festival Hall

Electronic trap house producer Marshmello comes to Navy Pier for an 18+ show in Festival Hall.

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18 years of age and over

Marshmello is an anonymous producer putting out great music in the trap and future bass scene. As he himself has implied, that is all you really need to know about him; the artist has been pushing a “just enjoy the music, don’t worry about me” mantra since he first appeared. Buy tickets here.

All backpacks, camel backs, and oversized bags will not be permitted within the facility and must be stowed in one of the onsite lockers, at bag check or in the vehicle of the patron. All permitted bags will be thoroughly searched by authorized security prior to entry.

 

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