2019 World Music Festival Chicago music lineup announced

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Thursday, July 25, 2019
World Music Festival Chicago. (Credit: Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events)

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has announced the lineup of the 21st annual World Music Festival Chicago, the largest festival of its kind in the United States.

The festival will showcase talent at 17 different venues from September 13-29.

This citywide, multi-venue festival has attracted over 650,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 650 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began.

The lineup will start with the new all-night Ragamala at the Chicago Cultural Center, followed by ¡SÚBELO! A Celebration of Pan Latin Music and Culture in Millennium Park on Saturday, September 14.

There will also be a Global Peace Picnic in Humboldt Park commemorating International Peace Day on Sunday, September 22.

The festival ends on Sunday, September 29, where the World Music Festival meets World Dumpling Fest at Navy Pier's Polk Brothers Fountain and Performance Lawn. Attendees will be able to taste dumplings from 20 neighborhood restaurants in Chicago.

Here's a preview the signature music events:


Ragamala - A Celebration of India Classical Music

Chicago Cultural Center

Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South

78 E. Washington St.


6-7:15 p.m.

Josh Feinberg, Kunal Gunjal and Amit Kavthekar

7:45-9 p.m.

Akshara Music Ensemble

9:30-10:45 p.m.

Jay Gandhi and Nitin Mitta

11:15 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Prasanna, Patri Satish and Samyuktha Sreeram

1-2:30 a.m.

Saturday, September 14

¡SÚBELO! - A Celebration of Pan Latin Music and Culture

Pirulo y la Tribu (Puerto Rico)

Los Wembler's de Iquitos (Peru)

Centavrvs (Mexico)

Millennium Park

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

201 E. Randolph Street

3-7 p.m.


Lucibela (Cape Verde) | Girma Byn and Akalé Wubé (Ethiopia| France | USA)

The Promontory

5311 S. Lake Park Ave. W.

6 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. show


Sunday, September 29

World Music Festival meets the World Dumpling Fest at Navy Pier

Collaboration among Navy Pier, Chicago Cultural Alliance and DCASE

Fidel Nadal featuring Mr. Pauer (Argentina | Venezuela)

Alsarah & The Nubatones (Sudan | New York City, USA)

LowDown Brass Band (Chicago, USA)

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Ave.

Noon-7 p.m.


The World Music Festival is sponsored by Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, and Millennium Garages.

For a full list of performances and festival updates, visit worldmusicfestivalchicago.org.