Chicago Gospel Music Festival

Chicago Gospel Music Festival
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 11:45am

The Chicago Gospel Music Festival returns for its 34th year this summer. Taking place on May 31st & June 2, this year's festival headliners include The Canton Spirituals, Israel & New Breed, “Oh Happy Day”: Chicago Choirs Celebrate the Music of Edwin Hawkins, The Walls Group, The Tri-City Singers Reunion and many more.

The festival opens on Friday at the Chicago Cultural Center with performances from noon until 4pm. That evening the music moves to Millennium Park, with openers Pastor Dan Willis and ChoZen Youth Choir 150! followed by Chicago Church Girls Rock Too featuring Isaleana Elliot, Keshia McFarland and Ev3 . Traditional gospel music pioneers The Canton Spirituals will bring their award-winning music legacy to the stage at 7:10 p.m. Founded in 1943 in Canton, Mississippi, the quartet has released more than 20 albums between 1978 and 2013.  The evening will be headlined by Israel & New Breed.

Saturday opens earlier with a TBA artist at 4:30pm. Then, artists will come together to celebrate the music of the late Edwin Hawkins, the Grammy® Award-winning singer who passed away earlier this year. The 50th anniversary celebration of his song’s  “Oh Happy Day” follows: Chicago Choirs Celebrate the Music of Edwin Hawkins will feature Anita Wilson, Jonathan Nelson, Beverly Crawford, Ted Winn, Bryan Popin, Rudy Currence and Latice Crawford. House and Gospel Music Legacy performs at 6:40 p.m.  The Walls Group, made up of siblings Darrel, Rhea, Paco and Ahjah, will take the stage at 7:15 p.m. The festival concludes at 8:30 p.m. with a special 25th Anniversary performance by The Tri-City Singers.

Chicago Gospel Music Festival 2019 Schedule

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The Chicago Gospel Music Festival showcases the best in local, national and international Gospel Music performers.