Chicago Hosts World Music Festival, September 15-22

Pavilion, Grant Park, Chicago

Pavilion, Grant Park, Chicago

Music is an international language, and the 13th annual World Music Festival:  Chicago 2011 transforms Grants Park into as a celebration of today’s international music.  Featuring traditional and contemporary music from over 40 countries, the city-wide festival features performances and events in a  combination of free and low-price ticket venues.

The festival kicks off in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden, then continues for a week of performances and events in Chicago’s neighborhood parks, clubs, cultural centers and downtown venues.  Things wrap up with the finale, One World Under One Roof, a series of multiple concerts held in the Chicago Cultural Center.  Performers scheduled to be there include:

  • Staff Benda Bilili – a group of paraplegic street musicians from the Congo performing on homemade instruments
  • Creole Choir of Cuba
  • Boubacar Traore Trio – from Mali
  • Sounds & Rhythms of Afghanistan
  • Esma Redzepova – from Macedonia
  • Movits! – from Sweden
  • Mad Professor – from the U.K.

The full schedule of performers and events is not yet posted, so you may want to follow the World Music Festival on Twitter and/or like them on Facebook.  Their Adroid App will launch on September 6th, complete with an easily accessible schedule, biographies of performers, photos, music clips, and more.

I may be in Chicago during this time so I’ll be taking a look at the schedule as soon as it’s posted.  It looks like it’s going to be a great week – anyone else going to be in town?

Location:  Grant Park and more than 20 venues around Chicago.

Dates:  September 15-22, 2011

Photo credit:  Leroy Chew via flickr

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine proving informational and inspirational travel recommendations for curious Baby Boomer travelers. She is the Conference Director for TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange), has been a speaker at various industry events, and has a personal travel blog at Traveling with MJ. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Mary Jo's most recent travel has been Athens and Cancun.

One Response to “Chicago Hosts World Music Festival, September 15-22”

  1. Henry Williams August 19, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    this should be a great event

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