free-concerts-chicago summer 2012

Free 2012 Summer Concerts in Chicago Announced

It is almost time for Chicago’s annual Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays series of free concerts at Millennium Park this summer and the city has just announced some of the musical acts.  The free music series will kick off with Chicago’s own singer-songwriter Kelly Hogan on Monday, May 28, followed by Jonathan Richman on June 4, Chico Trujillo will perform on June 25)and Charles Bradley on July 11.All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays.

free-concerts-chicago summer 2012The press announcement said Chicago’s summer concert season kicks off on Memorial Day with the opening of Millennium Park’s popular cutting-edge indie rock and pop music series, Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays.  Premiering a week later is Millennium Park’s all-new program, Loops and Variations, a series of six concerts that mix new music with electronica. The music continues with the return of the beloved Grant Park Music Festival celebrating its 78th anniversary and the acclaimed Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series, which this year will showcase jazz with a distinctively Chicago flavor on six separate nights, culminating in the 34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival.


Highlights of the FREE summer music season in Chicago are listed below. A complete calendar will be released in mid-April.

Downtown Sound:  New Music Mondays

May 28—July 30, Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
Check out an eclectic mix of cutting-edge indie rock, pop and rock veterans with ten concerts beginning Memorial Day and running throughout July. Highlights include Kelly Hogan (May 28), Jonathan Richman (June 4), Chico Trujillo (June 25) and Charles Bradley (July 16).

Loops And Variations

June 7—July 12 (no concert June 21), Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Discover Millennium Park’s newest music series, mixing new music with electronica. Highlights include eighth blackbird (June 28) and Third Coast Percussion (July 5).

Grant Park Music Festival

June 13—August 18, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the Festival’s 78th season with 30 stunning performances featuring the acclaimed Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus. Highlights include the Golden Anniversary Choral Spectacular (June 29 and 30); Only Converge: An Exaltation of Place, a world premiere by Michael Gandolfi (June 15 and 16); Sleepers and Dreamers, a world premiere by Sebastian Currier (July 6 and 7) and Dvořák:The Spectre’s Bride (August 17 and 18).

Made In Chicago: World Class Jazz

July 19—August 30 (no concert August 9), Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Prepare for a feast that will fill every appetite for jazz, from each region of the music—blues, boogie, Latin, Bop and beyond. Highlights include Blowin’ in from Chicago featuring Edward Wilkerson Jr. and Ari Brown (July 19); Frank Rosaly’s ¡Todos de Pie! (All Stand Up! on August 23) and Exquisitely for Ella: A Songbook Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with Dee Alexander, Frieda Lee and Spider Saloff, opening the 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival (August 30).

For more information about all of the events in Millennium Park this summer, visit, call 312.742.1168, visit Millennium Park on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @Millennium_Park.

All of the concerts are free and are presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Concerts take place at the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion.



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