Millennium Park Summer Music Series

Mondays, August 2–September 13 + Thursdays, September 2–16, 6–8:30pm
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Free Admission

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Crowd enjoying a performance at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

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Millennium Park Summer Music Series features a wide variety of music from established and emerging artists — in 10 genre-defying concerts at the iconic Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

Millennium Park Summer Music Series is presented by the Millennium Park Foundation with support from co-presenting partners BMO Harris Bank, Chicago Free for All Fund, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Northern Trust and in honor of the Massey Scholars. DCASE programming is supported by the Chicago Transit Authority.

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Akenya

Monday, August 2

I'm Every Woman: Divas Through the Decades with Akenya & Friends, and Mermaid

LGBTQ+ party institution Slo 'Mo celebrates its tenth anniversary with a tribute to queer pride anthems under the musical direction of Akenya featuring an all-star list of Chicago musicians & vocalists covering women-powered R&B, house, disco & pop. Spanning hits from the seventies to today from Chaka Khan to Mariah Carey, the concert will journey through a soundtrack intrinsically connected to LGBTQ+ culture and resiliency. R&B and folk influenced couple/duo Mermaid open the show.

Mermaid

ALL are welcome to join in the groove and uplift Chicago’s LGBTQ+ legacy and influence.

 

Monday, August 9

A Night of Healing, Truth & Restorative Love

Experience an eclectic, inspiring, and wide range of voices, sounds, and experiences that make up the unique Muslim diaspora. The sonic aesthetic, lyrical themes, and visual beauty of the evening will take you on a journey of healing, truth, and restorative love ultimately to inspire you towards action within yourself and your community. Performances by Binta Diallo, Kayem, Tammy McCann, Rhymefest, Ronnie Malley, Maimouna "Mumu Fresh" Youssef, Drea d'Nur, Rami Nashashibi, with master of ceremonies Jacinda Bullie.

 

Monday, August 16Andrew Sa

Andrew in Anotherland

A voice bigger than the stage, Andrew Sa has been surprising audiences in small clubs for years but what he has planned for a Millennium Park debut is even larger. A rotating cast of musicians of different backgrounds and talents share a microphone with the city’s country crooner backed by an all-star band. This of course all leads up to the debut of a sprawling cinematic experience that utilizes many Chicago artists and filmmakers featuring dozens of musicians spanning generations and styles as an audience ventures through Sa’s subconscious in an otherworldly adventure: Andrew in Anotherland.

The live performance accompanying this feat will be no less spectacular, drawing from a select group of the musicians featured in the film.

 

Monday, August 23

Preservation of Fire

“Preservation of Fire” with Natural Information Society + Drum Divas. Co-Curated with Alejandro Ayala aka King Hippo. For the past eleven years, Joshua Abrams has composed, recorded and toured as Natural Information Society (NIS) with a shifting ensemble of musicians. Grounded in Abrams’ interwoven & multi-layered compositions, the group’s long-form psychedelic environments have been described as ecstatic minimalism. NIS navigates forms that emphasize collective listening and simultaneous differences while building a space that is both meditative & propulsive. Harmoniumist Lisa Alvarado’s free-hanging paintings create a visual analog to the group’s music and recontextualize performance space. Her work appears on the covers of the group’s six lps on Eremite Records & their collaboration with Bichin’ Bajas on Drag City Records. Natural Information Society’s latest recording, descension (Out of Our Constrictions) was released in April of 2021.
Natural Information Society

Drum Divas

Alejandro Ayala aka King Hippo

 

Monday, August 30

Chicago Sinfonietta Presents: Afrodjia Social Club + Proximity

Afrodjia Social Club: Underground art cool meets nightlife in an experiential multidisciplinary performance by DJ Sadie Woods and friends, exploring traditions of spacemaking through diasporic music and culture. Co-presented by Chicago Sinfonietta's Residents Orchestrate Program, this evening affair will feature an intoxicating blend of jazz fusion, tropical disco, deep house, musical accompaniment featuring a roster of musicians and special guest performances. Proximity: The Silver Room and Connect Gallery present Proximity - a sonic study of time and space and its relationship to influence. A performance by bassist Micah Collier & Electec explores the genres of House, footwork, bebop, and soul to show how their proximity helped influence and innovate new sounds and the approach to composition.

Micah Collier DJ Sadie Woods
 

Thursday, September 2

Zulema

On a spectacular musical journey of many thousands of miles—from her Chiapas home in Mexico to Chicago—young Zulema zig-zags through the culturally diverse landscapes of her homeland and our fair city along the way. Exhilarating regional music and dance from the Grammy-nominated Sones de México Ensemble make a joyous event for the whole family.

 

Monday, September 6

Contemporary Indigenous Voices featuring Leonard Sumner, Lyla June and Tall Paul

"Contemporary Indigenous Voices" Representing different nations from the US and Canada, these contemporary Indigenous performers re-imagine what is possible for Indigenous music with a one of a kind performance rooted in cultures and artistry that are older than America. Co-Curated with artist Frank Waln

Leonard Sumner

Lyla June

Tall Paul Frank Waln
 

Thursday, September 9Neal Francis

CIVL Summer Concert featuring Neal Francis and band, and Sooper Records and Friends

The CIVL Summer concerts at Millennium Park aims to showcase diverse local talent on showcase at the various stages around Chicago on any given night. Two nights (Aug. 16 & Sept. 9) of special guest collaborations will combine local acts, rarely on stage together, to create multi-sensory, original works.

 

Angel MeléndezMonday, September 13

Angel Meléndez & the 911 Mambo Orchestra — Homenaje a la Salsa Boricua de Chicago + ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat

Angel Melendez is a GRAMMY nominated Chicago composer, arranger, instructor, and trombonist. Inspired by Chicago record label Numero Group's 2011 release of Cult Cargo: La Salsa Boricua de Chicago, this special DCASE commission pays homage to the golden era of Chicago’s emerging Salsa scene of the late 60's and 70's centered around the period's Puerto Rican Congress of Mutual Aid and Carlos Ruiz’s Ebirac records from which young bands like Orquesta La Justicia, La Solución, La Típica, and others emerged. ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat will open the show.

 

Jamila Woods (Photo credit by Bradley Murray)Thursday, September 16

GRAMMY® Legacies and Looking Ahead

The Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy celebrates 60 years of supporting Chicago musicians. Starring Jamila Woods and Eighth Blackbird with a special performance by Valebol.

4x GRAMMY® winners and hometown-Chicago icons Eighth Blackbird perform a set living in the space between stimulus and response. Collaborative inquiry during the pandemic resulted in unexpected outcomes. Featuring music by Andy Akiho, Amy Beth Kirsten, Gustavo Santaolalla, Fairouz and the world premier of Pamela Z’s Latency, Eighth Blackbird also brings to the stage performances by GRAMMY-award winning Lebanese-American tenor Karim Sulayaman, superstar performance poet J. Ivy and 6X Apollo winner songstress powerhouse Tarrey Torae.

Eighth Blackbird

Recording Academy 60 Years Chicago

 

Jay Pritzker Pavilion events will not be limited capacity (beyond normal venue capacity) and will not require advance registration for the seating bowl or lawn. All summer events will adhere to the latest public health and safety guidelines, with mobile vaccinations at many City-sponsored events.

To apply for media credentials for Millennium Park Summer Music Series concerts, please visit the DCASE Press Room or contact dcase@cityofchicago.org.

 

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