Free 2016 Chicago Gospel Music Festival – June 3-4

Gather your friends and head out to the FREE 31st Chicago Gospel Music Festival which will will be held in Millennium Park this June 3-4, 2016. The free admission festival will feature local and national artists celebrating the genre’s deep Chicago roots with traditional choirs and contemporary urban gospel music in the city where the genre was born more than 80-years ago. Performances include Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship ChoirTravis Greene, Shirley Caesar, William Murphy, Brian Courtney Wilson, Kinsmen, along with many others.

The free-admission festival kicks-off in Millennium Park on Friday, June 3 from 6:30pm–9:30pm and will continue on Saturday, June 4 

The festival will feature three stages of live music in the heart of downtown Chicago marking its 31st year showcasing the rich heritage of Gospel music in Chicago. The evening performances will take place on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion (start times vary). For a complete performance schedule visit


Hours & Location

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  • Friday, June 3: 12 Noon-4pm at the Chicago Cultural Center, 6-9:30pm at Millennium Park
  • Saturday, June 4: 4-9:30pm at Millennium Park


  • Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602
  • Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave. Chicago, IL 60602


Admission —   The entire festival is FREE admission.

Complete Schedule


Friday, June 3, 2016

Chicago Cultural Center – Randolph Square, 1st Floor North

  • 12 Noon-12:30pm – Jessica Love (a.k.a. JLove)
  • 1-1:30pm – Candy LaFlora
  • 2-2:45pm – “Chicago’s Next” featuring Kymar Garner, Ebony and Ron Poindexter
  • 3-3:30pm – When Shepherds Worship


Chicago Cultural Center – Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South

  • 12:30-1pm – Kenwood Academy High School Festival Concert Choir
  • 1:30-2pm – GA3
  • 2:30-3pm – Kevin Gray
  • 3:30-4pm – Kinsmen


Millennium Park – Jay Pritzker Pavilion

  • 6-6:35pm – Orchestra Ebenezer Ministry
  • 6:45-7:15pm – Kenny Lewis and One Voice
  • 7:30-8:20pm – Celebration of Gospel Quartets: The James, The Douglas Singers, The Victory Travelers
  • 8:30-9:30pm – Gray Boys Production presents: Percy Gray, Jr. & Joshua’s Troop, New Direction, Chicago Mass Choir


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Millennium Park – Jay Pritzker Pavillion

  • 4-4:45pm – The Great Migration Centennial Mass Choir featuring Dr. Cynthia Nunn & The IMEJ Mass Choir and Rev. Derrick Wells and The Christ Universal Temple Ensemble
  • 5-5:30pm – Brian Courtney Wilson
  • 5:45-6:15pm – William Murphy
  • 6:30-7:15pm – Shirley Caesar
  • 7:30-8:15pm – Travis Greene
  • 8:30-9:30pm – Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir


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