Free and open to the public! The second-annual Chi-Soul Fest, the Chicago Soul Music Festival, is an inter-generational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.
Celebrating Soul Music in Chicago
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.
Friday, June 21
5:30pm-6:30pm & 7pm-8pm | Honey & The 45s
9pm-10pm & 10:30pm-11pm | Neal Francis
6:30pm-8:30pn | Chi-Soul Sisters Concert hosted by Marqueal Jordan featuring Terisa Griffin, Carol Riddick, Joyce Hurley, Mys Michelle and Simone Green.
Saturday, June 22
2pm-3:30pm | Alysha Monique
4:15pm-5pm and 5:30pm-6:15pm | Aniba Hotep & The Sol Collective
7pm-8:15pm | Manny Torres
9pm-10:10pm & 10:25pm-11:30pm Bumpus
2:30pm-5:30pm | Vocalo Showcase ft. Nate Barksdale, Marcus Atom, Oliv Blu and Rahkii
6:30pm-8:30pm | Chi-Brations Showcase
10:00am- 10:00pm | Ayana Contreras exhibit “Energy Never Dies” with panel discussions
Polk Bros Park
1:00pm-6:00pm | Silver Room Block Party preview by The Silver Room