Wednesday, August 26, 2009

20th Annual African Festival of the Arts Entertainment

Africa International House (AIH) presents the Chrysler Financial 20th Annual African Festival of the Arts, Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4 – 7, 2009, in Washington Park , located at 51st and Cottage Grove , in Chicago .
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Festival tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate, $5 for seniors over 65 and children under 12.
Weekend and family passes are available. Special VIP main stage seating is available.
Contact (773) 955-ARTS (2787) or visit
To purchase Advance tickets: click here>>>
Friday, Sept. 4, 200912:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. L’Evated Pre-show showcases the hottest local talent. 5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Masked dance troupe Spirit performs ritual dances. 5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Africa in Chicago features a variety of African performing artists. 6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., K’Don freshly blends Hip Hop, R&B and Neo-Soul 8:15 p.m. – 9:55 p.m., Grammy Award-winning rhythm and blues legends. The Ohio Players perform their hits.Saturday, Sept. 5, 20091:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church Choir stirs the soul with gospel music.2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Fashion Show by ADNARAM Productions presents colorful, authentic pieces from around the world.3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Chicago Multi Cultural Dance Center takes flight4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Soulful songstress Julia Huff sizzles with vocal skills that reach extreme heights.5:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Hip Hop Showcase includes rhythms, beats, rhymes, rap, MCs, DJs, all that. 8:45 p.m. – 9:55 p.m. Booker T. Jones, Hammond B3 organ alchemist is one of America's most prolific, distinguished and instantly recognizable musical forces, formerly of Booker T. and the MG’s.Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009All day, Kenya Safari Acrobats present their audience with unusual feats bench balancing, contortionism, their own brand of rope skipping and the infamous limbo.1:30 p.m. – 2:30p.m. Latin Street Dancing, aka 911, perform Latin music and dance, i.e., Salsas, Boleros, Mambos and more.3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Trizonnz McClendon presents lush relaxed tones blending R&B, jazz, blues, and alternative sounds.4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Los 3 de la Habana, presents legendary Cuban music as a part of its first North American tour.5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The Merchants and Company Big Band7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Congolese touring band Soukous Stars perform grooves and dances that keep people’s feet on fire. 8:45 p.m. – 9:55 p.m. The legendary Ahmad Jamal, world-renowned jazz pianist, comes home to Chicago.Monday, Sept. 7, 200911:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. L’Evated Pre-show showcases the hottest local Chicago talent.12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church Choir brings traditional and contemporary gospel.1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Ugochi/The African Butterfly & SJS, international singing sensation fuses spoken word with unique vocals. 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Sada Dougou5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Khalidah’s North African Dance mesmerizes.6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. South African vocalist Lorraine Klaasen delights all with a musical mix of jazz and African tunes. 7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Closing Ceremony8:00 p.m. – 9:55 p.m. Master of Funk George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic close out the festival.

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