2016 Millennium Park Summer Music Series Lineup Released - NBC Chicago
Worth the Trip
Travel Destinations in the Midwest

2016 Millennium Park Summer Music Series Lineup Released



    2016 Millennium Park Summer Music Series Lineup Released

    Blonde Redhead, Maceo Parker and Femi Kuti are among this year's Millennium Park Summer Music Series headliners, announced Thursday.

    The free summer series kicks off June 6 with indie-rock band Blonde Redhead. The series continues every Monday and Thursday through Aug. 25, with the exception of the week of the Taste of Chicago, Lollapalooza and Mondays in August.

    Formerly known as ‘Downtown Sound’ and ‘Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz,’ the Millennium Park concerts have morphed into one summer music series offering 18 concerts featuring both local and international artists from varying genres of music.

    “Watching a free concert under the stars in Millennium Park has become a Chicago summertime tradition – and the music series is now evolving to include an even wider range of top-notch talent,” Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, said in a statement. “No matter which concert our visitors attend, they will enjoy an exceptional performance set against the dramatic skyline of downtown Chicago.”

    The summer music series links with the park’s Wednesday film series. All shows are free and start at 6:30 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St.

    Here’s the full line-up:

    Monday, June 6
    Blonde Redhead + Ryley Walker

    Thursday, June 9
    Lee Fields & The Expressions + Makaya McCraven

    Monday, June 13
    Rodrigo Amarante + Leyla MaCalla

    Thursday, June 16
    Nneka + Gina Chavez

    Monday, June 20
    DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation + Kelan Phil Cohran’s Summer Solstice Ensemble

    Thursday, June 23
    Maceo Parker + Marrow

    Monday, June 27
    Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra + Ecos del Pacifico

    Thursday, June 30
    TBD + Lower Dens

    Monday, July 7 and Thursday, July 7

    No Shows – Week of Taste of Chicago

    Monday, July 11
    Femi Kuti & The Positive Force + ProbCause

    Thursday, July 14
    Azymuth + Sidewalk Chalk

    Monday, July 18
    King Sunny Ade + Ugochi & A.S.E.

    Thursday, July 21
    Heritage Blues Orchestra + Toshi Reagon

    Monday, July 25
    The Jones Family Singers + Apostolic Church of God Sanctuary Choir

    Thursday, July 28
    No Show – Lollapalooza

    Monday, August 1
    Jose Gonzales + Tall Heights

    Thursday, August 4
    Sinkane + Mark de Clive-Lowe

    Monday, August 8, 15, and 22
    No Shows

    Thursday, August 11
    Mbongwana Star + Dos Santos Antibeat Orchestra

    Thursday, August 18
    Elephant Revival + Mandolin Orange

    Thursday, August 25
    TBD + Homme

    Get the latest from NBC Chicago anywhere, anytime

    • Download the NBC Chicago App

      Download the App

      Available for iOS and Android