World Music Festival Chicago Schedule

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***NOTE – unless otherwise noted, all lineups are listed with the headliner first followed by the opening performers


(schedule is subject to change)

Friday, September 30–Saturday, October 1, 2022


Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music - Celebrating 10 Years!

Ragamala Flyer
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Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington St., 3rd Floor South, Chicago, IL 60602
All Ages

Presented by Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events in collaboration with South Asia Institute, South Asian Classical Music Society of Chicago and People of Rhythm Productions.


On Friday, September 30, 6-10pm in conjunction with the Ragamala festival, Indira Johnson invites all visitors to join in the creation of Community Blessings Rangoli drawing in the Learning Lab, using flowers, herbs, dirt, and other natural materials. The Rangoli Drawing will continue October 14 and 15, 11am-3pm with a closing ceremony at 2:30pm involving Maggie Bridger and dancers from Unfolding Disability Futures. All are invited to participate.

Influenced by a South Asian folk-art tradition. the Community Blessings Rangoli drawing is created from natural materials that embody wishes for the well-being of our community and demonstrate our collective hopes for a peaceful world.


Saturday, October 1, 2022


Global Peace Picnic

Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1301 N. Sacramento Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
All Ages
2 stages, 8 bands


Global Stage

  • 1-2pm - Tamburica Haus Bend (Chicago, IL)
  • 2:30-3:30pm - Shanta Nurullah (Chicago, IL)
  • 4:00-5:15pm - Natty Nation (Chicago, IL)
  • 5:45-7:00pm - Jina Brass Band Chicago (Chicago, IL)

¡Súbelo! Stage

 Global Peace Picnic Flyer

La Chica (Venezuela/France)
Beats y Bateria (Chicago, IL)

DJ Fanita Banana


3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
9pm doors, 10pm show


Sunday, October 2, 2022


Paolo Angeli (Italy)

Surabhi Ensemble (Chicago, IL)


University of Chicago
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637
All Ages


Additional support for Paolo Angeli provided by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago.


Monday, October 3, 2022


Gili Yalo (Ethiopia/Israel)

Juan Pastor’s Chinchano (Peru/USA)


Constellation (Proof of Covid vaccination is required upon entry)
3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
6pm doors, 7pm show


Additional support for Gili Yalo provided by the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest.


Tuesday, October 4, 2022


Seffarine (Morocco/USA)

The Arab Blues (Egypt/USA)


Sleeping Village
3734 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
6pm doors, 7pm show


Wednesday, October 5, 2022


Eva Salina (New York, NY)

Ana Everling (Chicago, IL)


Schubas Tavern
3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
6:30pm doors, 7pm show


Thursday, October 6, 2022


Al Bilali Soudan (Mali)

Tuvergen Band (Mongolia/USA)


The Promontory
5311 S. Lake Park Ave. W., Chicago, IL 60615
6pm doors, 7pm show


Concert is part of the Old Town School of Folk Music's Ojalá! series supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.


Friday, October 7, 2022


Son Rompe Pera (Mexico)

Malafacha (Chicago, IL)

DJ Kinky P


Reggies Chicago, Reggies Rock Club
2105 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60616
8pm doors, 9pm show


Saturday, October 8, 2022


Kaleta & Super Yamba (New York, NY)

Occidental Brothers Dance Band International (USA)

DJ Mwelwa


Chop Shop + 1st Ward Events
2033 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
9pm doors, 10pm show


Sunday, October 9, 2022


WMF Finale!

Cha Wa (New Orleans, LA)

Héctor Guerra (Spain/Bolivia)


Navy Pier, Lake Stage
600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
All Ages