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April 18, 2014

29th Chicago Gospel Music Festival Headliners Announced

FREE admission festival is June 27-29 and will showcase renowned gospel music artists, featuring the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour on Saturday, June 28

Mary May    312.744.0576 Mary.may@cityofchicago.org

The 29th Chicago Gospel Music Festival, presented by the Black McDonald’s Operators Association (BMOA) and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), is June 27-29. Highlights of the festival will include performances by renowned gospel music artists who are part of the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour on Saturday, June 28.

The festival will kick off with FREE entertainment at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) on Friday, June 27, from 11am – 4pm and continue on to Ellis Park on Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 8pm. The weekend portion of the festival will feature two stages of FREE live music in Ellis Park (37th and Cottage Grove) which is located in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood—the birthplace of gospel music. The full schedule, including headliners for Sunday, June 29, will be released at a later date.

Scheduled for Saturday, June 28, is the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour featuring Kurt Carr, Mississippi Mass Choir, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Uncle Reece and Moses Tyson, Jr. Saturday’s festivities will be hosted by vocalist Erica Campbell and comedian Jonathan Slocumb. The McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour performances will begin at 5pm on the main stage.

As a GMA Dove Award winner, Kurt Carr joins his mentors Richard Smallwood and Rev. James Cleveland as one of the most celebrated gospel music artists of our time. With the formation of his own gospel music group, the Kurt Carr Singers, Carr’s talent as a leader, gospel pianist and musical director come together for a joyful sound.

Putting Mississippi on the map as a premiere destination for gospel music lovers is the Mississippi Mass Choir. Since their conception 10 years ago, the choir has won numerous awards including 15 Stellar Awards, two GMA Dove Awards and many more. Touring the word in song and ministry, the Mississippi Mass Choir promotes nothing less than excellence with an uplifting force.

The mastermind behind Billboard’s 2013 Top Gospel Song “Testimony” is no other than contemporary gospel ensemble Anthony Brown & Group Therapy. As recent recipients of two Stellar Awards, the ensemble has released multiple tracks that have garnered them recognition for their diverse and exceptional artistry.

Coming to the music scene with a unique style of clothing and music is hip-hop gospel artist Uncle Reece. Combining the styling and influence of music icons Outkast, Bob Marley and others, Reece’s music is born of an authentic place of worship. His T-shirt company, “Without Jesus I Suck!,” has garnered national attention, featured on FOX-TV and CNN and with renowned artists such as Tye Tribbett and Mali Music wearing his designs—a remarkable feat for an independent artist.

Gospel Music’s Greatest Living Organist is how Moses Tyson, Jr. refers to himself. The California native grew up in the church and started to play the organ at the age of 12 and, since then, he has been unstoppable. His reputation as a hard worker and for outstanding performance landed him the position as the spokesperson for Hammond Organ Company and a nomination for the Stellar Award.

The Chicago Gospel Music Festival is presented by the Black McDonald’s Operators Association (BMOA) and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and sponsored in part by the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour, American Family Insurance, Aquafina, Chicago Sky, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, Communications Direct, Inspiration 1390 AM, LaGrou Distribution and Pepsi.

The festival’s complete lineup including performances at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) will be announced in May. For the latest information on the Chicago Gospel Music Festival including artist information, visit chicagogospelmusicfestival.us, like us on Facebook at Chicago Gospel Music Festival or follow us on Twitter @ChicagoDCASE (#ChiGospelMusic).

 

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Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

 

The Black McDonald’s Operators Association

The Black McDonald’s Operators Association (BMOA) is a membership organization comprised of 14 Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana-area McDonald’s restaurant owners. While contributing to the success of McDonald’s as the world’s leading food service retailer, BMOA members are also committed to exhibiting leadership, supporting education and developing partnerships within the African-American communities and various other communities that they serve.