April 3, 2017

2017 Millennium Park Summer Music Series Features Free Outdoor Concerts June 12–August 21 at Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Multi-genre series presents a diverse line-up of artists that includes Dayme Arocena, Otis Taylor, Gregory Porter, Jaga Jazzist, Natalie Prass, Totó la Momposina, Big Thief, Drive By Truckers, Amadou & Mariam, Youssou N’Dour and Joshua Nelson

Mary May    312.744.0576, mary.may@cityofchicago.org

Christine Carrino    312.744.0573, christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org

CHICAGO – The 2017 Millennium Park Summer Music Series will offer an exciting line-up of FREE outdoor concerts every Monday and Thursday, June 12 – August 21 (except where noted) at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The music series features a wide variety of genre-defying music from top local, national and international artists—both established and emerging. The 2017 lineup includes artists from the U.S. as well as Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Mali, Mexico and Senegal—advancing Chicago’s status as a welcoming city.

The Millennium Park Summer Music Series is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and sponsored in part by the Chicago Transit Authority. All concerts are FREE and open to the public and performances begin at 6:30pm and take place rain or shine. There will be no concerts on Monday, July 3, Thursday, July 6, Thursday, July 27, Monday, July 31, Thursday, August 3 or Monday, August 14.


The full 2017 Millennium Park Summer Music Series line-up features:


Monday, June 12, 6:30pm

Otis Taylor (Blues)

Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native (Americana)


Thursday, June 15, 6:30pm

No BS! Brass Band (New Orleans Brass Fusion)

Dayme Arocena (Jazz)


Monday, June 19, 6:30pm – Juneteenth Celebration

Gregory Porter (Soul Jazz)

Tomeka Reid (Jazz)


Thursday, June 22, 6:30pm

Hurray for Riff Raff (Folk)

Matthew Santos (Indie)


Monday, June 26, 6:30pm

Jaga Jazzist (Electronic Jazz Fusion)

AfrotroniX (African Electronic)


Thursday, June 29, 6:30pm

Lady Wray (R&B Soul)

Zeshan B & the Transistors (R&B Soul)


Monday, July 10, 6:30pm

Natalie Prass (Indie Rock)

Angelica Garcia (Indie Rock)


Thursday, July 13, 6:30pm

Totó La Momposina (Colombian Folkloric)

Xenia Rubinos (Indie Pop)


Monday, July 17, 6:30pm

Big Thief (Rock)

Overcoats (Indie Folk Soul)


Thursday, July 20, 6:30pm

Drive-By Truckers (Rock)

Honeysuckle (Progressive Folk)


Monday, July 24 6:30pm

Amadou & Mariam (Afro Pop)

Frank Waln (Sicangu Lakota Hip-Hop)


Monday, August 7, 6:30pm

Gaby Moreno (Latin R&B)

Centavrvs (Mexican Electronic)


Thursday, August 10, 6:30pm

Youssou N’Dour (Dakar Overgroove)

Bassel & The Supernaturals (Neo-soul Funk)


Thursday, August 17 6:30pm

Joshua Nelson (Kosher Gospel Music)

Tone Ross & INSPIRED (Gospel Music)


Monday, August 21, 6:30pm

Headliner  TBD


**Schedule of Performers is Subject to Change**


Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph St. to the north, Columbus Dr. to the east and Monroe St. to the south. The Park is open 6am–11pm daily. Convenient parking is located in the Millennium Park Garage (entrance on Columbus at Monroe or Randolph) and Grant Park North. For the latest news and events, visit millenniumpark.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, @Millennium_Park.


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events 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.


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Working media seeking to review or photograph Millennium Park Summer Music Series concerts should submit their requests in writing to DCASEPR@cityofchicago.org. Please identify the concert, the media outlet for which you are reviewing or photographing – plus contact information, including phone and email. News crews are limited to shooting only five minutes of music performance.

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