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Chi-Soul Fest

June 21–22, 2019 / 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.

Artist travel made possible through the generous support of American Airlines.

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Scheduled Chi-Soul Performances

Chi-Soul Fest

Free Public Program

Friday, June 21, 2019 - Saturday, June 22, 2019

Free public program! The second-annual Chicago Soul Music Festival, Chi-Soul Fest, is an intergenerational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.

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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.

Performance Schedule

Friday, June 21

Beer Garden:

5:30pm-6:30pm & 7pm-8pm | Honey & The 45s

9pm-10pm & 10:30pm-11pm | Neal Francis

Lake Stage:

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

Beer Garden

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

Lake Stage

2:30pm-5:30pm | Vocalo Showcase ft. Nate Barksdale, Marcus Atom, Oliv Blu and Rahkii

6:30pm-8:30pm | Chi-Brations Showcase

Welcome Pavilion

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

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