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More Music, Please


From Neo-soul to Gospel

Is there anything like an outdoor summer concert? An opportunity to discover a new band, dance under the Chicago sky as the sun sets, and hang with friends all make the experience a crucial component in seasonal enjoyment. Thankfully, you can take advantage of four great shows before Labor Day, all in one place. The Millennium Park Music Series brings free concerts to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion every Monday and Thursday through August 21st.

On August 10, hear sounds from Senegal and Syria. First, Youssou N’Dour offers songs both rooted in Senegalese tradition and an amalgam of expertly synthesized musical languages. Then, Bassel & The Naturals plays net-soul and funk beats to complement lyrics about the war in Syria, where Bassel Almadani’s family lives. On the 17th, Joshua Nelson, who identifies as a Black Jew (he’s sung with both Aretha Franklin and the Klezmatics), entertains with his special brand of “kosher gospel.” How’s that for a cultural mash-up?

All concerts begin at 6:30PM.