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Free Concert In Millennium Park Tonight; Here's The Full List

By David Matthews | April 3, 2017 3:47pm | Updated on June 26, 2017 12:03pm
 Tomeka Reid and Gregory Porter perform Monday at Millennium Park.
Tomeka Reid and Gregory Porter perform Monday at Millennium Park.
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MILLENNIUM PARK — Chicago's showcase park will be packed full of free music this year.

Jaga Jazzist and AfrotroniX will play the summer concert series formerly known as Downtown Sound Monday night at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St.

Jaga Jazzist is an experimental jazz band from Norway that released "Starfire," an album, in 2015. AfrotroniX, born in Chad, makes dance tracks by pairing club beats with Central African rhythms. 

The series continues every Monday and Thursday through Aug. 21, except during the weeks of Lollapalooza and the Taste of Chicago.

City officials last year combined the Downtown Sound and Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series into 18 free concerts.

 A scene from a Downtown Sound show at Millennium Park.
A scene from a Downtown Sound show at Millennium Park.
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"The 2017 lineup includes artists from the U.S. as well as Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Mali, Mexico and Senegal — advancing Chicago’s status as a welcoming city," the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events said in a statement. 

All shows are free and will start at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine. The headliner for Monday, Aug. 21 has yet to be announced. Here is the full lineup:

Monday, June 12: Otis Taylor; Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native 

Thursday, June 15: No BS! Brass Band; Dayme Arocena

Monday, June 19: Gregory Porter; Tomeka Reid Quartet

Thursday, June 22: Hurray for Riff Raff; Matthew Santos

Monday, June 26: Jaga Jazzist; AfrotroniX

Thursday, June 29: Lady Wray; Zeshan B & the Transistors

Monday, July 10: Natalie Prass; Angelica Garcia

Thursday, July 13: Totó La Momposina; Xenia Rubinos

Monday, July 17: Big Thief; Overcoats

Thursday, July 20: Drive-By Truckers; Honeysuckle

Monday, July 24: Amadou & Mariam; Frank Waln

Monday, Aug. 7: Gaby Moreno; Centavrvs

Thursday, Aug. 10: Youssou N’Dour; Bassel & The Supernaturals

Thursday, Aug. 17: Joshua Nelson; Tone Ross & INSPIRED

Monday, Aug. 21: To be determined