The weather may be a bit a overcast throughout the weekend, but singing in the name of praise surely brings a brighter day!
Hosted by the Black McDonald’s Operators Association of Chicagoland, some of gospel music’s best stars will entertain for the glory of God from today through June 29 at Chicago’s 29th annual gospel music festival. The three day event will hold performances at both the Chicago Cultural Center downtown and the birthplace of gospel music in the city, Bronzeville, located on Chicago’s south side.
June 27 Headliners – Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
- Adrian B. King & Company
- GREGG & F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
June 28 Headlines – Ellis Park in Bronzeville
- Kevin Lemons & High Calling
- The McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel tour featuring Erica Campbell, Kurt Carr, Mississippi Mass Choir, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Uncle Reece, Moses Tyson and comedian, Jonathan Slocumb
June 29 Headlines – Ellis Park in Bronzeville
- Victory Travelers
- Tye Tribbett
Admission for the festival is completely free and also includes a historical tour of Bronzeville departing from the festival site. The narrated 60-minute tour highlights the rich history of the area and its role in the birth of gospel music through Ebenezer Baptist Church, First Church of Deliverance and Pilgrim Baptist, plus information on the Great Migration, “Black Belt” and the community’s connection to the Civil War and Civil Rights Movement.
Additionally, there will be a health and wellness oasis on Saturday and Sunday in addition to an art fair on the same days. The art fair and marketplace will offer festival goers a unique shopping venue featuring fine art, crafts, jewelry and clothing.