Millennium Park Summer Music Series
Mondays + Thursdays, June 20–August 18, 2022
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Enter the Park on Randolph Street, Monroe Street and Millennium Garage entrances (View Map)
6:30-9pm (Gates open at 5pm) • Free Admission
Millennium Park Summer Music Series features a wide variety of music from established and emerging artists at the iconic Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
Monday, June 20, 6:30pm
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force – Globally renowned Nigerian Afrobeat saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and activist. The eldest son of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo (Ransome) Kuti, he has expanded the genre's reach to embrace elements of punk, electro, and hip-hop. His new album 'Stop the Hate' features his son Made Kuti, carrying on the tradition once again.
HAT – Moroccan born artist presents audio-visual show that remixes traditional musicians from across the world onto a big screen, shaping them harmoniously into new electro beats.
Thursday, June 30, 6:30pm
Abigail Washburn – A singing, songwriting, Illinois-born, Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player every bit as interested in the present and the future as she is in the past, and every bit as attuned to the global as she is to the local. Washburn pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody’s ever heard before.
Samantha Crain – A Choctaw singer, songwriter, poet, producer, and musician from Oklahoma. She is a two-time Native American Music Award winner.
Thursday, July 14, 6:30pm
CIVL (Chicago Independent Venue League) - Co-curated show
Tasha - Born and raised in Chicago, Tasha is a musician who writes songs that take loving and longing seriously. Full of deep, invigorating inhales and relieved, joyful exhales, Tasha’s second album, “Tell Me What You Miss The Most” is an exquisitely crafted breath of much needed air.
Mario Abney & The Abney Effect Brass Band - Chicago born and NOLA bound Master Musician Mario Abney is the founder and bandleader of The Abney Effect, who were recently featured on ABC's Good Morning America performing his hit song, Rollin and showcasing some of Abney's footwork. His dance moves combined with his dedication to the trumpet has placed Abney in a category of his own.
Ric Wilson – Voted 2nd best live show in Chicago 2019 only after Lizzo for his Pitchfork performance (Chicago Tribune), Ric Wilson is a young Chicago stand out who makes party-ready hip-hop with an intelligent twist. Wilson’s funk/disco-infused take on rap stimulates both the mind and body with robust percussion, buoyant vocal arrangements and triumphant instrumentation.
Monday, July 18, 6:30pm
DakhaBrakha – Global folk-fusion quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine that expands upon fundamental elements of sound and soul and combines them into a musical alchemy they call ‘ethno-chaos.’
This concert is also supported by the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation.
Chicago Immigrant Orchestra - A 12-piece ensemble that consists of members of the Chicago immigrant community, representing musical traditions from all over the world. Originally founded in 1999 as part of DCASE’s first-ever Chicago World Music Festival.
Thursday, July 21, 6:30pm
Jeff Tweedy – Best known as the founding member and leader of the Grammy Award-winning American rock band Wilco, Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary music’s most accomplished songwriters, musicians, and performers.
The People's Music School – Led by professionally trained faculty, students receive intensive tuition-free music education, The People’s Music School transforms and empowers young lives. Serving students and their families in the Uptown, Albany Park, Back of the Yards, and Greater Grand Crossing neighborhoods.
Monday, July 25, 6:30pm
Hip Hop: A Child of Blues – A special Blues to Hip Hop Commission with hiphop producer “Coolout Chris” and Blues drummer Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, creating a program musically onsite to connect blues to hip hop.
Kinsey: A Memoir by Roy Kinsey – Chicago born and raised, Roy Kinsey is a black, queer-identified, rapper, and librarian.
Monday, August 1, 6:30pm
Ana Tijoux – The New York Times points to her as the Latin American response to Lauryn Hill. Her music dialogues to the sound of hip hop and Nueva Canción Chilena. A feminist and activist in her lyrics, she denounces social and cultural deficiencies.
Gabriel Garzón-Montano – First generation American to French and Colombian parents, Gabriel weaves tapestries of sound that defies genre.
Monday, August 8, 6:30pm
The Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy is continuing the legacy of supporting music creators with a concert at Millennium Park on August 8, 2022.
Brandy Clark - A ten-time GRAMMY® nominee, Clark is one of her generation’s most respected and celebrated songwriters and musicians - nominated for two awards at the 64th Annual GRAMMY® Awards: Song of the Year (“A Beautiful Noise” performed by Alicia Keys and Brandi Carlile) and Best American Roots Performance(“Same Devil” featuring Carlile.)
Robbie Fulks - He is a singer, recording artist, instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter. His most recent release, Upland Stories, earned year’s-best recognition from NPR and Rolling Stone among many others, as well as two GRAMMY® nominations, for Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Song (“Alabama At Night”).
Thursday, August 11, 6:30pm
CIMAFUNK – An Afro-Cuban rockstar who brings out the best in Cuban rhythms and traditions, and infusing sounds and styles from Africa and the U.S.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Seven sons of jazz great Phil Cohran from the south side of Chicago carrying on his musical legacy, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble's musical style ranges from hip hop to jazz to funk and rock.
Thursday, August 18, 6:30pm
Charles Stepney: Out of the Shadows – A tribute to “one of the underrated heroes of Chicago soul music,” Stepney contributed to the sounds of Muddy Waters, Minnie Riperton, Ramsey Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire, and more. For this special event at Millennium Park, Stepney’s legacy and music will be brought to light, celebrated and performed by a new large ensemble called Rotary Connection 222 under the musical direction of bassist & bandleader Junius Paul, with creative direction by The Stepney Family and International Anthem.
Black Monument Ensemble – A vibrant collective of artists, musicians, singers, and dancers making work that represents the richness and diversity of Black artistic excellence in Chicago.