The Chicago Gospel Music Festival returns for its 33rd year this summer. Taking place on June 1 and 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 2018 Schedule

Friday, June 1

Chicago Cultural Center – Randolph Square, 1st Floor North

  • Noon–12:30 p.m.  TBD

  • 12:40–1:10 p.m.   Verzuane McCoy and Worship Experience

  • 1:20–1:50 p.m. Gospel Hip Hop Showcase featuring Milton Calvin,   Hector Dominguez and DNell

  • 2–2:30 p.m.  Wendell Parker

  • 2:40–3:10 p.m.  LaVargna Hubbard

  • 3:20–3:55 p.m. Elder Thomas Singers – Winner of the ChicagoMade Gospel Music A&R Auditions

Millennium Park – Jay Pritzker Pavilion

  • 5:30–5:50 p.m. Pastor Dan Willis and ChoZen Youth Choir 150!

  • 6 p.m.–7 p.m. Church Girls Rock Too! featuring Ev3, Isaleana Elliot and Keshia McFarland

  • 7:10–8:10 p.m. The Canton Spirituals

  • 8:20–9:30 p.m. Israel & New Breed

Before you go, check out our complete guide to Millennium Park

Saturday, June 2

Millennium Park – North Promenade Tent      

  • 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Kids Activities
  • 11 a.m.–5 p.m.  Health & Wellness
  • Noon–4 p.m.  Youth Stage featuring youth choirs and open-mic opportunities

 

Millennium Park – Jay Pritzker Pavilion

  • 4:30–5:15 p.m. Special Perfomance (to be announced)
  • 5:25–6:35 p.m. “Oh Happy Day”: Chicago Choirs Celebrate the Music of Edwin Hawkins featuring: Anita Wilson, Jonathan   Nelson, Beverly Crawford, Ted Winn, Bryan Popin, Rudy Currence and Latice Crawford
  • 6:45–7:05 p.m.  House and Gospel Music Legacy
  • 7:15–8:15 p.m.  The Walls Group
  • 8:30–9:30 p.m.    Tri-City Singers Reunion

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