Gospel music will again ring out in Bronzeville -- the neighborhood considered the birthplace of the genre -- at the 28th Chicago Gospel Music Festival from June 20 to 23. The festival kicks off with a Gospel Choir showcase on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage at Millennium Park on Thursday, June 20 followed by a day of concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center on June 21.
The festival then moves south to Bronzeville. Saturday and Sunday events are in Ellis Park, 37th and Cottage Grove.
The Saturday schedule is:
12pm Elder Carl Hearne & Priesthood
12:30pm 2nd Nature
1:30pm "Chicago's Next" featuring Freddie White & Nex Level, Ev3 and The Turner Sisters
2:10pm Ray & Spirit of Praise
2:40pm Percy Bady
3:10pm Malcolm Williams & Great Faith
3:40pm Kenny Lewis & One Voice
4:10pm AM:PM - Anthony McGahee & Praise Motivated
4:40pm Joshua's Troop
Saturday evening's headliners are Smokie Norful, John P. Kee, Lecrae and Tamela Mann and emcee Vickie Winans.
Sunday's performances include:
12pm Tony Tidwell & Uncommon Favor
12:30pm Tim White
1:00pm The Heavenly King Jr.'s
1:30pm Bill Winston Presents...Living Word Recording Choir
1:55pm Spiritual Feet Dance
2:10pm Martin Woods
2:40pm The Young Adult Choir of Greater Harvest M.B. Church
3:10pm Janet Sutton & The Voices of Acme
3:40pm Dr. Charles G. Hayes & The Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir
4:10pm Jonathan McReynolds
4:40pm Chicago Mass Choir
Joe Ligon and The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Kierra Sheard and The Brat Pack: Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Ricky Dillard & Donald Lawrence featuring "How Sweet the Sound" winner Dexter Walker & Zion Movement on backing vocals close out the festival Sunday night.
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