Navy Pier presents Winter Music Series, a new free program showcasing an eclectic mix of live music from local artists and ensembles each Thursday evening in February. Escape the cold, grab a drink to-go from one of Navy Pier’s on-site restaurants, and enjoy a diverse set of musical offerings in the botanical setting of Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.
Ranging from jazz and classical to Latin styles, the series kicks off with La Peña Orchestra and their repertoire of Cuban and South American dance bands spanning the 1930s – 1960s performing styles such as Cumbia, Danzón, Bolero, Cha, and Mambo, followed by Clif Wallace Big Band performing arrangements of 90s R&B music. The third performance from Chicago-based super-group Eighth Blackbird will bring the internationally acclaimed and Grammy award-winning band to the People’s Pier. Sounds from female bluegrass quartet Fox Crossing Stringband will conclude the four-part event.