Hero Image

Chi-Soul Fest

June 27–30, 2018 / Multiple Stages

Chi-Soul Fest, the Chicago Soul Music Festival, is an intergenerational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.

Chicago’s rich history of soul was showcased on the famous record row in 1960s and 70s on South Michigan Avenue. During this time, labels such as Vee-Jay, Chess Records, Curtom, to name a few,  featured classic recordings from artists such as The Dells, Curtis Mayfield, Etta James, Donny Hathaway, Herbie Hancock, Earth Wind and Fire and many more.

Although record row is gone, the legacy of soul still echoes in Chicago’s current musical landscape. Chi-Soul Fest presents a free lineup of Chicago soul music reflecting its past, present and future.

Scheduled Chi-Soul Performances

Water Flicks: Get on Up

Free Public Program

Monday, June 25, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! Make Monday movie night along Chicago’s lakefront, with 10 nights of free movies in Polk Bros Park.

Read More

Make Monday night free outdoor movie night along Chicago’s lakefront as Navy Pier hosts Water Flicks, a weekly summer film series featuring music-themed movies at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, starting at 7:00pm. This week’s screening of Get On Up is presented as part of Chi-Soul Fest, the Chicago Soul Music Festival at Navy Pier. 

This free, public movie series is presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival. Want more Water Flicks? View the full free outdoor movies schedule here.

Get on Up (2014)

Director: Tate Taylor
Writer: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Steven Baigelman
Starring:  Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer

A chronicle of soul music legend James Brown‘s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. (2 hours 19 minutes; Rated PG-13)
Chi-Soul Fest: The Will Tilson Band

Free Public Program

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 | 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Miller Lite Beer Garden

Performing a free, all-ages show, part of the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

Read More

Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show featuring The Will Tilson Band, part of Chi-Soul, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

About The Will Tilson Band

On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, see blues band Theo Huff perform a free, all-ages show at the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier with special guest, Will Tilson.

Will Tilson is a guitarist and singer/songwriter from Wilmette, IL.  Now living in Chicago, Will is currently leading The Will Tilson Band, a collective of Chicago based musicians. 

Learn more at willtilson.com

About Chi-Soul Fest

The Chicago Soul Music Festival — Chi-Soul — is an intergenerational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.

View the full Chicago Soul Music Festival lineup.

Chi-Soul Fest: Theo Huff

Free Public Program

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Miller Lite Beer Garden

Performing a free, all-ages show, part of the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

Read More

Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show featuring Theo Huff, part of Chi-Soul, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

About Theo Huff

On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, see blues band Theo Huff perform a free, all-ages show at the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier with special guest, Will Tilson.

Born July 10, 1988 in Chicago and influenced by his parents, including his Mississippi born mother and grandmother, Theo Huff started at the age of fourteen, when his music teacher Mr. Jimmy Tillman – a professional drummer – took him under his wing, winning local talent shows and preforming at open mic nights. He began his professional career, in 2008 at the age of eighteen, with the musical production That Sensuous Seductive Seventies working with actress/singer Jackie Taylor at the Black Ensemble Theatre. Theo received nominations for best Featured Actor in a Play or Musical and Promising Actor for his role in the musical. Theo is preparing to return to the theatrical stage once again in 2018. In 2009 Theo was nominated by the Best of Chicago – Music for Best Blues Act.

 Learn more at theohuff111.wixsite.com/thuff

About Chi-Soul Fest

The Chicago Soul Music Festival — Chi-Soul — is an intergenerational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.

View the full Chicago Soul Music Festival lineup.

Chi-Soul Fest: Live Radio show of Reclaimed Soul with Ayana Contreras on Vocalo 91.1

Free Public Program

Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Miller Lite Beer Garden

Performing a free, all-ages show, part of the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

Read More

Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show featuring a live radio show of Reclaimed Soul with Ayana Contreras on Vocalo 91.1, part of Chi-Soul, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

About Ayana Contreras

On Thursday, June 28, 2018, see Ayana Contreras perform a free, all-ages show at the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier.

Ayana Contreras is an artist that works in sound. She currently hosts & produces the show “Reclaimed Soul” on Vocalo 91.1fm (a sister station to WBEZ). The program features an all-vinyl soundtrack from her personal collection, as well as audio documentaries she’s produced about people who are using old items to create new artistic or cultural endeavors. She’s also interviewed original Chicago Soul artists and musicians.

Learn more at ayanacontreras.com

About Chi-Soul Fest

The Chicago Soul Music Festival — Chi-Soul — is an intergenerational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.

View the full Chicago Soul Music Festival lineup.

Chi-Soul Fest: The Right Now

Free Public Program

Friday, June 29, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Miller Lite Beer Garden

Performing a free, all-ages show, part of the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

Read More

Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show featuring The Right Now, part of Chi-Soul, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

About The Right Now

On Friday, June 29, 2018, see blues band The Right Now perform a free, all-ages show at the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier with special guests Dee Alexand Quartet, Syleena Johnson and Isaiah Sharkey.

The Right Now’s pop-meets-soul sound is more than a vehicle for Stefanie Berecz’s captivating voice. The celebration of thoughtful, catchy songwriting and intricate arrangements evokes a subtle sophistication in the tradition of Quincy Jones’ 70s and 80s masterpieces. Since 2008 the band has toured much of the United States and released three acclaimed albums, racking up placements in television, national commercials, and the multi-million-selling video game Watch Dogs.

 Learn more at therightnow.com

About Chi-Soul Fest

The Chicago Soul Music Festival — Chi-Soul — is an intergenerational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.

View the full Chicago Soul Music Festival lineup.

Chi-Soul Fest: Dee Alexander Quartet: Tribute to Curtis Mayfield

Free Public Program

Friday, June 29, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Performing a free, all-ages show, part of Chi-Soul Fest, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

Read More

Join us in the Lake Stage at Polk Bros Park for a free, all-ages show featuring Dee Alexander Quartet, part of Chi-Soul, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

About Dee Alexander Quartet

On Friday, June 29, 2018, see blues band Dee Alexander Quartet perform a free, all-ages show at the Lake Stage at Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier with special guests The Right Now, Syleena Johnson and Isaiah Sharkey.

Her talents span every music genre, from Gospel to R&B, from Blues to Neo-Soul. Yet her true heart and soul are experienced in their purest form through her performance of Jazz music. From a soft, sultry traditional ballad, to a contemporary Jazz-Funk groove; from a high flying swing, to a scat-filled romp, Dee Alexander delivers each style with a passion and love of music that comes across in each and every note, and with a style and grace that is truly her own.

 Learn more at deealexander.net

About Chi-Soul Fest

The Chicago Soul Music Festival — Chi-Soul — is an intergenerational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.

View the full Chicago Soul Music Festival lineup.

Chi-Soul Fest: Syleena Johnson

Free Public Program

Friday, June 29, 2018 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Performing a free, all-ages show, part of Chi-Soul Fest, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

Read More

Join us at the Lake Stage at Polk Bros Park for a free, all-ages show featuring Syleena Johnson, part of Chi-Soul, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

About Syleena Johnson

On Friday, June 29, 2018, see blues band Syleena Johnson perform a free, all-ages show at the Lake Stage at Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier with special guests The Right Now, Dee Alexander Quartet and Isaiah Sharkey.

The R&B Diva Unites with Father & Legendary Soul/Blues Singer Syl Johnson for their First Recording Together In Over Two Decades. The iconic Etta James once said about authentic soul and blues music, “You can’t fake this music. It’s how you connect to the songs and to the history behind them.” Syleena Johnson is one of those undeniable talents whose unfaltering truth shines through every note she sings. Undoubtedly one of the best singers of her generation, Johnson has collaborated with everyone from Kanye West and Common to Anthony Hamilton and R. Kelly.

 Learn more at syleenamusic.com

About Chi-Soul Fest

The Chicago Soul Music Festival — Chi-Soul — is an intergenerational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.

View the full Chicago Soul Music Festival lineup.

Chi-Soul Fest: Isaiah Sharkey

Free Public Program

Friday, June 29, 2018 | 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Miller Lite Beer Garden

Performing a free, all-ages show, part of Chi-Soul Fest, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

Read More

Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show featuring Isaiah Sharkey, part of Chi-Soul, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

About Isaiah Sharkey

On Friday, June 29, 2018, see blues band Isaiah Sharkey perform a free, all-ages show at the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier with special guests The Right Now, Dee Alexand Quartet and Syleena Johnson.

Isaiah Sharkey is poised to take center stage as he fuses together his background in rock, gospel, jazz, R&B, blues, and funk to create an original sound with an unmistakable dose of soul. His first digital offering is his distinctive rendition of Cream’s classic “Sunshine of Your Love.” The second offering Isaiah wrote, “Sandy” is also now available digitally worldwide.

 Learn more at isaiahsharkey.com

About Chi-Soul Fest

The Chicago Soul Music Festival — Chi-Soul — is an intergenerational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.

View the full Chicago Soul Music Festival lineup.

Chi-Soul Fest: Duane Powell

Free Public Program

Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wave Wall Performance Platform

Performing a free, all-ages show, part of Chi-Soul Fest, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

Read More

Join us at the Wave Wall Performance Platform for a free, all-ages show featuring Duane Powell, part of Chi-Soul, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

About Duane Powell

On Saturday, June 30, 2018, see blues band Duane Powell perform a free, all-ages show at the Wave Wall Performance Platform at Navy Pier.

Duane Powell’s love for music started an early age growing up in the 1970’s being exposed to Chicago’s rich soul music scene. His uncles were disc jockeys until the mid 80’s and artists including Minnie Riperton, The Emotions, Chaka Khan, Miki Howard, The Staple Singers were their classmates and / or family friends. In 1985, Duane entered into the world of street promotions pounding the pavement promoting events for prominent DJs within Chicago’s burgeoning house music scene starting with Lil Louis. In a five-year span, because of their Avante Garde style and presence, Duane and his crew became the go to individuals in marketing to get all of the “cool kids” to events.

 Learn more at duanepowell.com

About Chi-Soul Fest

The Chicago Soul Music Festival — Chi-Soul — is an intergenerational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.

View the full Chicago Soul Music Festival lineup.

Chi-Soul Fest: The Congregation

Free Public Program

Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Miller Lite Beer Garden

Performing a free, all-ages show, part of Chi-Soul Fest, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

Read More

Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show featuring The Congregation, part of Chi-Soul, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

About The Congregation

On Saturday, June 30, 2018, see blues band The Congregation perform a free, all-ages show at the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier.

This eight piece outfit from Chicago is all raw grit and soul. Led by wailing front woman Gina Bloom, The Congregation kicks your door down with raucous horns, a rock and soul rhythm section and high-intensity guitar solos. From heart-stirring ballads to hip shaking soul jams, this band will leave you with a tear in your eye and sweat at your feet.

 Learn more at thecongregationband.com

About Chi-Soul Fest

The Chicago Soul Music Festival — Chi-Soul — is an intergenerational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.

View the full Chicago Soul Music Festival lineup.

Chi-Soul Fest: Christian Jalon

Free Public Program

Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Performing a free, all-ages show, part of Chi-Soul Fest, the Chicago Soul Music Festival. Co-curated by Vocalo 91.1fm.

Read More

Join us at the Lake Stage at Polk Bros Park for a free, all-ages show featuring Christian Jalon, part of Chi-Soul, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

This performance co-curated by Vocalo 91.1fm.

About Christian Jalon

On Saturday, June 30, 2018, see blues band Syleena Johnson perform a free, all-ages show at the Lake Stage at Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier with special guests Shawnee Dez and Akenya.

Christian Jalon is a 20 year old Chicago native. She is a singer-songwriter, a poet & an author. Christian released her first project entitled “SELF” in the year of 2016. “SELF” is an EP that promotes self-love, self-care, & self- worth. In 2017, Christian released her LP entitled “Vinyled Love”. “Vinyled Love” is filled w/ love songs to her love interest, herself & to God. Early 2018, Christian went on her first tour, “4 Nights of Love w/ Christian Jalon”. In early 2018. Christian also published her first chapbook entitled “Amen”.

 Learn more at christianjalon.com

About Chi-Soul Fest

The Chicago Soul Music Festival — Chi-Soul — is an intergenerational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.

View the full Chicago Soul Music Festival lineup.

Chi-Soul Fest: Shawnee Dez

Free Public Program

Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Performing a free, all-ages show, part of Chi-Soul Fest, the Chicago Soul Music Festival. Co-curated by Vocalo 91.1fm.

Read More

Join us in the Lake Stage at Polk Bros Park for a free, all-ages show featuring Shawnee Dez, part of Chi-Soul, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

This performance co-curated by Vocalo 91.1fm.

About Shawnee Dez

On Saturday, June 30, 2018, see blues band Shawnee Dez perform a free, all-ages show at the Lake Stage at Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier with special guests Christian Jalon and Akenya.

Hailing from Chicago, IL, The emerging singer/songwriter Shawnee Dez wants nothing more than to share her god given vocals and consciousness among vast audiences. In the early stages of her career, Shawnee intently engages her audience, encouraging energy exchanges – By immersing herself in public meditation translated by way of a dynamic multi-ranged alto melodic sound.

 Learn more at shawneedez.com

About Chi-Soul Fest

The Chicago Soul Music Festival — Chi-Soul — is an intergenerational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.

View the full Chicago Soul Music Festival lineup.

Chi-Soul Fest: Sam Trump

Free Public Program

Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Miller Lite Beer Garden

Performing a free, all-ages show, part of Chi-Soul Fest, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

Read More

Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show featuring Sam Trump, part of Chi-Soul, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

About Sam Trump

On Saturday, June 30, 2018, see blues band Sam Trump perform a free, all-ages show at the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier.

Sam Trump is a multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter from Houston, TX, and has been a student of music from first picking up the trumpet at age 7. Since moving to Chicago in 2009 to obtain his fine arts degree in music, he has become heavily involved in Chicago’s live music scene, and is widely known as a band leader, sideman, mentor, & curator. Wherever he is, Sam Trump is known for creating an experience that is best described as sophisticated & soulful.

 Learn more at samtrumponline.com

About Chi-Soul Fest

The Chicago Soul Music Festival — Chi-Soul — is an intergenerational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.

View the full Chicago Soul Music Festival lineup.

Chi-Soul Fest: Akenya

Free Public Program

Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Performing a free, all-ages show, part of Chi-Soul Fest, the Chicago Soul Music Festival. Co-curated by Vocalo 91.1fm.

Read More

Join us in the Lake Stage at Polk Bros Park for a free, all-ages show featuring Akenya, part of Chi-Soul, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

This performance co-curated by Vocalo 91.1fm.

About Akenya

On Saturday, June 30, head to Navy Pier for a free, all-ages show with Akenya, part of the Chicago Soul Music Festival Weekend.

Akenya is a multi-genre singer, pianist, composer, and arranger. Her music places a strong emphasis on jazz and the culmination of hip-hop, funk, pop, classical, world music, and other loves of hers. In the jazz world she has worked with and performed for the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Fred Hersch, Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran, Luciana Souza, and Dave Holland to name just a few. She is also well known in the Chicago hip-hop and soul scenes and has collaborated with some of the city’s leading artists including Chance the Rapper, Noname – with whom she recently toured with as musical director and opening act – Eryn Allen Kane, Smino, and Saba. 

 Learn more at akenyamusic.com

About Chi-Soul Fest

The Chicago Soul Music Festival — Chi-Soul — is an intergenerational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.

View the full Chicago Soul Music Festival lineup.

Chi-Soul Fest: Kaina

Free Public Program

Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Performing a free, all-ages show, part of Chi-Soul Fest, the Chicago Soul Music Festival. Co-curated by Vocalo 91.1.fm

Read More

Join us in the Lake Stage at Polk Bros Park for a free, all-ages show featuring Kaina, part of Chi-Soul, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

This performance co-curated by Vocalo 91.1fm.

About Kaina

About Chi-Soul Fest

The Chicago Soul Music Festival — Chi-Soul — is an intergenerational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.

View the full Chicago Soul Music Festival lineup.

Chi-Soul Fest: Brandon Markell Holmes

Free Public Program

Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Performing a free-all-ages show, part of the Chicago Soul Music Festival. Co-curated by Vocalo 91.1fm.

Read More

Join us in the Lake Stage at Polk Bros Park for a free, all-ages show featuring Brandon Markell Holmes, part of Chi-Soul, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

This performance co-curated by Vocalo 91.1fm.

About Brandon Markell Holmes

On Saturday, June 30, 2018, see blues band Brandon Markell Holmes perform a free, all-ages show at the Lake Stage at Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier with special guest Kaina.

Grammy-nominated singer, actor, writer, multi-media artist; Brandon Markell Holmes is a formally trained theatre actor who curates common ground in creative storytelling and abstract exposition. His work themes are reflective of social observations and the symbiotic relationship between art & history. Brandon’s premiere works include a visual EP entitled, Inertia, featured on Afropunk, Art’s Incubator with The University of Chicago, and in conjunction with OpenTV Beta at North Western University, as well as a collaboration with international recording artist The Gorillaz on “Circle of Friendz” off their 2017 album, Humanz.

 Learn more at brandonmarkell.com

About Chi-Soul Fest

The Chicago Soul Music Festival — Chi-Soul — is an intergenerational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.

View the full Chicago Soul Music Festival lineup.

Chi-Soul Fest: JC Brooks Band

Free Public Program

Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Miller Lite Beer Garden

Performing a free, all-ages show, part of Chi-Soul Fest, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

Read More

Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show featuring JC Brooks Band, part of Chi-Soul, the Chicago Soul Music Festival.

About JC Brooks Band

On Saturday, June 30, 2018, see blues band JC Brooks Band perform a free, all-ages show at the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier.

Erupting with raw emotion, JC Brooks unleashes his soulful shouts and heart wrenching falsetto over the relentless rhythm of guitarist Alec Lehrman, drummer Kevin Marks, bassist Theodore Berry IV, keyboardist Jeremy Tromberg and percussionist-extraordinaire, JoVia Armstrong.

Learn more at jcbrooksband.com

About Chi-Soul Fest

The Chicago Soul Music Festival — Chi-Soul — is an intergenerational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.

View the full Chicago Soul Music Festival lineup.

Share This Page

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on LinkedInShare on TumblrShare on StumbleUponBuffer this pageEmail this to someone