Chicago Westside Music Festival
The Chicago Westside Music Festival 2017, presented by the Westside Cultural Foundation, has become one of the most anticipated events of the summer. This was the 6th year for the free festival held in Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Drive from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Westside Cultural Foundation was founded in 2012 to establish the West Side as a destination for cultural and educational programming. Inspired by the late Chicago official, Michael Scott, Sr., WSMF is intended to shine light on the positive contributions, culture, and people of Chicago’s West Side. The day started with a Prayer for Peace and then the festival started with the End of Summer Celebration, sponsored by the 24th Ward Alderman, Michael Scott, Jr. Over 2,000 book bags were available for attendees as well as activities for kids and seniors to enjoy. Food vendors and the MillerCoors beer garden were highlights of the day as well.
The musical portion of the day started at 4 pm hosted by Comedian and WGCI Radio Personality, Leon Rogers. Mr. Rogers brought high energy and a welcoming spirit to the crowd. Top local Chicago talent Kilika Tabron, Dej Monae, Yohan, Matt B. and Marcus Mack opened the show, followed by the headliners Lil’ Mo, Vivian Green and R&B Legends Dru Hill. Lil’ Mo jammed showing why she is considered a R& B Diva! Vivian Green wowed the crowd with music from her new album VG6, and Dru Hill members Sisqo, Jazz, Nokio and & Tao closed the show with a performance that truly exhibits why they have been a fan favorite for 20 years. They gave their all to the crowd and the fans left wanting more. What a great night of music!
Past headliners of the festival include music legends such as Kelly Price, Slick Rick, MC Lyte, Bell Biv DeVoe, Musiq Soulchild, Syleena Johnson, Brownstone and 112.
BMO Harris Bank was the Presenting Sponsor in addition to ComEd, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, MillerCoors, Verizon, the Chicago Housing Authority Comcast, CVS, Lagunitas, Loop Capital, Walgreens, Clarius Partners, American Airlines, Airbnb and Uncle Remus.
The Chicago Westside Music Festival is a safe, family friendly event that we are sure will continue on for so many years to come. If you have not experienced the Westside Music Festival, plan to bring your entire family next year. You will have a funky good time.