DOWNTOWN — Blonde Redhead, Ryley Walker and King Sunny Ade will headline this summer's free music series in Millennium Park.
The series formerly known as Downtown Sound (and Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz) will kick off at 6:30 p.m. June 6 at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St. The series will continue every Monday and Thursday through Aug. 25, except during the weeks of Lollapalooza, the Taste of Chicago, and three Mondays in August.
This year the city decided to blend the two summer music series in Millennium Park into 18 concerts featuring a wider variety of genres including local and international acts with varying degrees of fame.
“Watching a free concert under the stars in Millennium Park has become a Chicago summertime tradition — and the music series is now evolving to include an even wider range of top-notch talent,” said Michelle T. Boone, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
The three unbooked Mondays in August are being held for unannounced acts playing a separate "Millennium Park Presents" series at the pavilion, a department spokesman said.
The Downtown music series largely coincides with Wednesday movies in the park this summer. All shows will start at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine. Here's the full lineup:
June 6: Blonde Redhead + Ryley Walker
June 9: Lee Fields & The Expressions + Makaya McCraven
June 13: Rodrigo Amarante + Leyla MaCalla
June 16: Nneka + Gina Chavez
June 20: DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation + Kelan Phil Cohran’s Summer Solstice Ensemble
June 23: Maceo Parker + Marrow
June 27: Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra + Ecos del Pacifico
June 30: Givers + Lower Dens
July 11: Femi Kuti & The Positive Force + ProbCause
July 14: Azymuth + Sidewalk Chalk
July 18: King Sunny Ade + Ugochi & The Afro Soul Ensemble
July 21: Heritage Blues Orchestra + Toshi Reagon
July 25: The Jones Family Singers + Apostolic Church of God Sanctuary Choir
Aug. 1: Jose Gonzalez + Tall Heights
Aug. 4: Sinkane + Mark de Clive-Lowe
Aug. 11: Mbongwana Star + Dos Santos Antibeat Orchestra
Aug. 18: Elephant Revival + Mandolin Orange
Aug. 25: Homme + Tortoise
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