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 traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. 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. Her most recent travels were to Israel, Stockholm, and a Baltic cruise.

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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