Two of Life's greatest pleasures: good food and great music…
Dates: July 27-28, 2013
Location: 63rd Street between Halsted and Morgan
Mainstage featuring big name R&B Music Acts.
Wide variety of great food.
Carnival and kids entertainment.
Now going into it's 6th year, the 63rd Street Music Festival is a big-act music festival hosted by Alderman JoAnn Thompson with entertainment produced by Music Quest Entertainment- one of the nation's top rated black entertainment companies.
Six years ago, the 63rd Street Festival began as a small community family festival and in just five years it's now the largest and most elaborate event of its type in the area.
The 63rd Street Music Fest prides itself in 'keeping it simple' which is why the event is so tightly focused on delivering two of life's greatest pleasures: great food and great music.
Music Quest's Gus Redmond designs and produces the entertainment, lending his more than 40 years of experience and relationships in the music industry to the Mainstage lineup. Past entertainment has included music greats such as the original Martha and the Vandellas, The Contours, The Intruders, Chicago Blues great Otis Clay, Bobby Rush, Denise LaSalle, Syl Johnson, PK Soul, Ben One, Shorty Mac, G Twinz, Paschan, John Blu, Slique, South Boulevard Band, Jericho Walk Choir, Arthur Sutton and the Gift of Praise, Daddy Gene Barge, and many, many more. Each year the entertainment line up ups the ante for the next year- growing ever larger with bigger acts and bigger names.
More than 50 food vendors provide a wide, wide variety of food including some of the cities' best barbecue chicken, beef and pork, several types of fried chicken, African, Cajun and Jamaican offerings, some of the city's best soul food, roasted corn, sweet potato pie, pastries, ice cream, and of course, popcorn and funnel cakes. There is even a fresh fruit booth offering ice-cold watermelon and peeled and cut papayas and mangos on-a-stick.
It goes without saying that you can't have all this high quality R&B music without dancing. The 63rd Street Music Festival features a large Dance Pavilion that ispacked from the moment the music starts to the very last song played. A Kids Area keeps the little ones entertained with a carnival, pony rides, games, face painting, and story telling. The event draws audience from all over Chicagoland because true food and R&B music aficionados will travel various long distances for a very good time!