Old Town School of Folk Music kicks off its FREE city-wide concert series, Soundtrack of the City, celebrating Chicago’s rich musical history, with Blues’n in Bronzeville Thursday, June 8, 6 p.m. at Ellis Park Arts & Recreation Center (3520 S. Cottage Grove Ave.)
Blues’n in Bronzeville brings authentic blues right back to where it all began. Blocks from Muddy Waters’ home and Honorary Sam Cooke Way, this festival will feature performances from old school greats and some new voices on the scene, including Wayne Baker Brooks, Doktu Rhute Muuzic and Shoji Naito with Eddy Clearwater.
In conjunction with the performance, The Chicago Blues Museum brings its We Bring you Bronzeville exhibit to Ellis Park for a community gathering featuring parts of the exhibit and film footage of Blues Greats Thursday, June 8, 4 – 9 p.m. and Friday, June 9, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Running June 8 – August 20, performances, along with special exhibits and discussion panels, will be hosted throughout the city’s neighborhoods from Bronzeville to River North. Soundtrack of the City will celebrate Chicago’s rich musical history and explore connections to social movements and cultural traditions that helped define world-changing musical genres from jazz to Duranguense. All events are free and open to the public, no reservations required.