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Millennium Park Concert Lineup Released: Here’s Who’s Playing This Summer

By David Matthews | March 31, 2016 9:32am | Updated on June 6, 2016 10:31am
 The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has announced the lineup for this year's music series at Millennium Park, formerly known as Downtown Sound.
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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. 

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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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