June is Black Music Month and we’re celebrating all of the great music our city has to offer.   We all know our outdoor festivals are second to none.  But let’s not sleep on our summer concert scene.   Here are the buzzworthy shows of Summer 2019:


Lionel Richie- Ravinia- June 11 and 12

Summer Soul featuring Tweet, Samoht and Dante Hall– The Promontory- June 20- Two shows- 6 pm and 9pm

Mali Music with Nola Ade and Erthe St. JamesChop Shop- June 22

Leela James– Thalia Hall- June 25


T.I. Ravinia- July 2

Dave Hollister– City Winery- July 3

Ten City Featuring Byron Stingley- Harper Court Hyde Park- July 4

Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan– Ravinia- July 6 and 7

MaxwellRavinia- July 9

De La Soul with Taylor Bennett– Taste of Chicago (Grant Park)- July 12

V103 Summer Block Party featuring Jill Scott with Anthony Hamilton, Mase and Carl Thomas- Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly IslandJuly 13

India Aire with Meshell Ndegeocello and Bilal– Taste of Chicago (Grant Park)- July 14

Pitchfork Music Festival (3 day festival featuring Isley Brothers, Pusha T, Jeremih, Dreezy among others)- Union Park- July 19-21

Khalid– United Center- July 25

Bantu Fest– Midway Plaisance- 1130 Midway Plaisance- Jul 27 and 28

Earth, Wind and Fire– The Chicago Theatre- July 27 and 28

 Conya Doss and Gordon Chambers -City Winery- July 30


Lollapalooza4 days of music including H.E.R, Janelle Monae, Childish Gambino, 21 Savage, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill – Grant Park- August 1- 4

Marsha AmbrosiusCity Winery- August 2

Kirk Franklin: The Long Live Love Tour- The Chicago Theatre- August 6

Westside Music Festival– Artists TBA*- Douglas Park- August 17

Nelly and TLCHollywood Casino Amphitheatre- August 18

South Shore Summer Festival– Artists TBA*- South Shore Cultural Center- August 18

Hip Hop OrchestraAuditorium Theatre- August 24

Lalah HathawayCity Winery- August 27- 29

Queen Latifah and Common– Ravinia – August 31

*Based on this festival’s track record, Love Black Chicago expects a solid lineup.


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