Chicago Gospel Music Festival schedule announced
4/16/2015, 5:44 a.m.
IN MILLENNIUM PARK MAY 29-31
Headliners include Israel Houghton New Breed, Ricky Dillard and New G, Richard Smallwood and Vision, Canton Jones and an all-star tribute to Andrae Crouch and Walter Hawkins
The 30th Chicago Gospel Music Festival will be held in Millennium Park this May 29-31. The free admission festival will feature local and national artists celebrating the genre’s deep Chicago roots with traditional choirs and contemporary urban gospel music in the city where the genre was born more than 80-years ago. Headliners include: Ricky Dillard & New G on Friday, May 29; Donald Lawrence and Company presents: A Tribute to Andrae Crouch and Walter Hawkins on Saturday, May 30; Israel Houghton & New Breed on Sunday, May 31, along with many others.
The free-admission festival kicks-off in Millennium Park on Friday, May 29 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and will continue on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 from 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (music starts at noon).
The festival will feature three stages of live music in the heart of downtownChicago marking its 30th year showcasing the rich heritage of Gospel music in Chicago. The PrivateBank Spirit Stage, located in the south tent on the Chase promenade and will feature music on Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon. The Inspiration Youth Stage in the north tent on the Chase promenade will feature youth choirs, open-microphone opportunities and much more on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m. The evening performances will take place on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion (start times vary). For a complete performance schedule visit chicagogospelmusicfestival.us.
Friday, May 29
The festival’s opening night will be a “Gospel Choir Showcase” presented by The PrivateBank featuring a lineup of local and national choirs at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
The 200 voice youth and children’s Peace Choir under the direction of Cinque Cullar will kick-off the festival at 6:30 p.m. The group is made up several Chicago area youth choirs including: Salem Baptist Church of Chicago (South Side); St. Sabina (South Side); Trinity (South Side); Third Baptist (South Side); Sweet Holy Spirit (South Side); New Beginnings in Christ (South Side); Destiny Worship Center (West Side); New St. Mathews (West Side); Progressive Life Giving Word (West Side) and Covenant United Church of Christ, South Holland (South Suburbs). The choir encourages team work and promotes the love of gospel music.
The Gospel Choir Showcase will continue at 7:20 p.m. with Chicago’s Dexter Walker and Zion Movement for an energetic and inspirational performance. Not to be outdone, Stellar award winner Mark Hubbard & The Voices will perform at 8 p.m. with special guests and winners of BET’s Sunday Best, Crystal Aikin (season 1) and Geoffrey Golden (season 7).
Ricky Dillard and New G will bring their cutting edge sound and songwriting, including hits from the 2013 album Amazing to the Pritzker stage at 8:40 p.m. As the “Choir Master,” Ricky Dillard has garnered international acclaim as an artist with a show-stopping live performance and choreography that takes fans on a powerful spiritual journey. At this year’s Stellar Awards, Ricky Dillard and New G took home three awards including Choir of the Year.