May 21, 2020

DCASE Announces Millennium Park at Home

House Music, Gospel Music and Blues Music concerts to launch the new online series of music, arts and recreation programming

Christine Carrino    christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org

Jamey Lundblad    jamey.lundblad@cityofchicago.org

 

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events today announced new virtual events for everyone missing Millennium Park’s renowned cultural programming. The new online Millennium Park at Home series on YouTube (youtube.com/ChicagoDCASE) and Facebook (@MillenniumParkChicago) will bring some of City’s beloved live events straight to concertgoers featuring many of Chicago’s most popular hometown genres and artists. 

Millennium Park at Home begins Memorial Day weekend, May 22 and 23 with a virtual DJ house mix on what would have been Chicago’s 5th Annual House Music Festival. This year the City would have celebrated the 35th Annual Gospel Music festival. Instead the Millennium Park at Home Series on May 29 and 30 will feature some of Chicago’s most renowned gospel artists will still bring the spirit through social media. Blues was born in Chicago and on what would have been the 37th Annual Blues Fest, June 5, 6, and 7 live Blues will still be enjoyed online.

Like many other cultural presenters, the City of Chicago and DCASE made the difficult decision to cancel these beloved music festivals out of an abundance of caution related to large public gatherings, following recommendations from the CDC and the guidance of Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, Governor JB Pritzker and City and State public health officials.

The Year of Chicago Music will continue this year and throughout next year, to amplify the excitement and momentum building across the local industry. Many of the initiatives planned for 2020 will extend into 2021 — specifically, Chicago In Tune and the return of the House music, Gospel music, and Blues festivals.

Additional Millennium Park online programming includes the Chicago Children’s Choir’s Virtual Paint the Town Red, taking the tenth anniversary of this tradition online this Thursday, May 21, at 7pm (ccchoir.org/events). Grant Park Music Festival is also working on presenting online programming this summer, and you can follow along with the Park’s Lurie Garden on it’s website and Facebook. Currently, the Spring blubs are on display at www.luriegarden.org/about/spring-bulb-display. The Chicago Cultural Center is also offering online programming related to the exhibitions and Meet the Artists programming. More info at chicagoculturalcenter.org.

As the City continues to recognize the Year of Chicago Music, Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE are presenting livestreamed performances by local musicians on Instagram Live and other social media platforms every Sunday throughout May — benefiting the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund. DCASE is also collaborating with Do312 to collect and promote listings of virtual concerts (do312.com/yearofchicagomusic), and Choose Chicago has curated an exhaustive list of virtual events of all kinds (choosechicago.com/things-to-do/chicago-home).

For more information about the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund, and to donate or apply for funding, visit ArtsforIllinois.org.

For more information and updates on the City’s response to COVID-19, text COVID19 to 78015, email coronavirus@chicago.gov or visit chicago.gov/coronavirus.

 

Millennium Park at Home

View all concerts at youtube.com/ChicagoDCASE.

 

House Music

For everyone missing the Chicago House Music Festival, check out these online concerts featuring House Music in the Key of Chicago.

Promotional support by 95.1 FM Club Steppin, 5 Magazine and the House Club Tour

 

Friday, May 22, 6–8pm

Hosted by 95.1 FM Club Steppin’s Dana Divine

Lady D

DJ Jes

Maurice Joshua

 

Saturday, May 23, 6–8pm

Hosted by 5 Magazine’s Czarina

Shannon Harris

DJ Heather

Gene Hunt

Aftersets” at HouseClubTour.com

 

Gospel Music

In lieu of the Chicago Gospel Music Festival, enjoy these online concerts featuring Gospel Music in the Key of Chicago.

Promotional support by Inspiration 1390

 

Friday, May 29, 6–8pm

Hosted by Inspiration 1390’s Sonya Blakey, Marcella Jones and Deandra Patterson

Keya Trammell

Tammi Vega - 2020 ChicagoMade Gospel Music A&R Audition

Donishisa Ballard

DJ Wyldchyld

Bridgette Hurt

The Tommies Reunion Choir

 

Saturday, May 30, 6–8pm

Hosted by Inspiration 1390’s Sonya Blakey, Marcella Jones and Deandra Patterson

Rashada Dawan

Lawrence Haynes

DJ Galaxie

LeNasia Tyson - 2020 ChicagoMade Gospel Music A&R Audition

RAII and Whitney

Ms. Anita Wilson

 

Blues Music

For everyone missing the Chicago Blues Festival, check out these online concerts featuring Blues Music in the Key of Chicago.

Promotional support by 93XRT

 

Friday, June 5, 6–8pm

Hosted by WDCB and 93XRT’s Tom Marker

Mike Wheeler

Guy King

 

Saturday, June 6, 6–8pm

Hosted by WDCB and 93XRT’s Tom Marker

Melody Angel

John Primer

 

Sunday, June 7, 6–8pm

Hosted by WDCB and 93XRT’s Tom Marker

Ivy Ford

Toronzo Cannon

 

Year of Chicago Music

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have designated 2020 and 2021 as the Year of Chicago Music. This citywide, year-long focus on music is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. The City of Chicago and its partners working with the local music industry will launch a marketing campaign for Chicago music; provide additional financial grants for musicians and music projects; encourage dialog around inclusion and equity; and call on civic, philanthropic, arts and business leaders to support the music industry. Recognizing that in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the music industry has moved to #dostuffathome, DCASE is partnering with Do312 to highlight local music venues and musicians who are now sharing "Music in the Key of Chicago" on virtual platforms. Start exploring music in the key of Chicago at yearofchicagomusic.org and do312.com/yearofchicagomusic, and join the conversation on social media using #YearofChicagoMusic and #ChicagoMusic.

 

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