9/12-22- 15th Annual Chicago World Music Festival
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to announce the full line-up of World Music Festival Chicago 2013, taking place Thursday, September 12 – Sunday, September 22. The citywide, 11-day festival will feature more than 70 free performances in more than 20 venues from acclaimed musicians and groups representing 34 countries from around the globe. The ambitious line-up includes five concerts in Millennium Park, an all-night celebration of Indian music at the Chicago Cultural Center and performances from Malian artists as part of the Festival au Desert – Caravan for Peace helping to make the 2013 festival one of the largest and longest running to date.
“World Music Festival Chicago will bring a diverse, international lineup of celebrated musicians to the people of Chicago for its 15th year, said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “The 2013 festival will extend its reach into more Chicago neighborhoods than ever before through partnerships with the Chicago Park District, colleges and universities, community-based venues and clubs – advancing many of the key priorities of the Chicago Cultural Plan.”
World Music Festival begins on Thursday, September 12 with the legendary Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra. At 6 p.m. the nine-time Grammy® Award winner will take the stage after an opening performance by the plena and bomba ensemble, Plena Libre, at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
Opening weekend of the festival also includes performances by the African Showboyz on Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m.in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden as part of the closing weekend of the 17th Annual Chicago SummerDance series. The African Showboyz will also perform in Daley Plaza at noon on Friday, September 13.
On Friday, September 13, the festival will present RagaMala: A Celebration of Indian Music, a rare all-night Indian classical music concert with various performances in Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. A tradition in India, all-night classical concerts are rarely held in the United States, and this will be the first all-night Indian classical music concert held in Chicago. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear ragas (traditional scales or modes) that are rarely performed in public and are only to be performed early in the morning or late at night.
The RagaMala will open at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park at 6 p.m. with North Indian Sarod musician Amjad Ali Khan, joined by his sons, Amaan Ali Khan & Ayaan Ali Khan, and with an opening performance by the Hindustani slide guitarist,Debashish Bhattacharya & Family. At 9 p.m. the RagaMala will move to the Chicago Cultural Center and feature a dozen different groups and artists performing North Indian Hindustani music and South Indian Carnatic music all night, until 8 a.m. (Click to read more on website)