The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) 32nd Chicago Gospel Music Festival has begun! The free admission festival in Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center includes the following headliners: The Rance Allen Group, JonathanMcReynolds with special guests Anthony Brown & Travis Greene, VaShawn Mitchell, Malcolm Williams & Great Faith, a Tribute to Jessy Dixon and many more.
Performances started in the Chicago Cultural Center at noon. Tonight, Friday June 2nd at 5:30 pm it continues with the contemporary gospel music choir, Glenn Johnson & The Voices of Inner peace. The University of Illinois Black Chorus, a large mixed voice vocal ensemble, will follow at 6 p.m. At 6:40 p.m. Malcolm Williams & Great Faith, the Stellar Award-nominated gospel music group, will take center stage.
A festival highlight features a Celebration of Gospel Music Quartets with Evelyn Turrentine-Agee and The Warriors, God’s Posse, The Gospel Crusaders and The Stars of Heaven at 7:20 p.m. Award-winning contemporary gospel music artists, Jonathan McReynolds with special guests AnthonyBrown and Travis Greene, will close the first evening in Millennium Park at 8:30 p.m.
The Gospel Music Festival continues at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with Chicago contemporary artist, VaShawn Mitchell. The ground breaking artists, The Rance Allen Group, perform at 6:15 p.m.
Following at 7 p.m. is a special tribute to Jessy Dixon. Singer and songwriter Jessy Dixon passed away in September, 2011 and during his career he brought his energetic style of gospel music to a wide audience.
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For a complete schedule, and to learn more about the events, visit The City of Chicago's website.
Friday, June 2nd
Chicago Cultural Center: Noon-4pm.
Millennium Park: 5:30 to 9:30
Saturday, June 3rd
Millennium Park: 11:00am-9:30pm.
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
201 East Randolph St.
All events are free to the public.