82nd Billiken Day to feature inaugural gospel fest event

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The Chicago Defender Charities Inc., producer of the annual Bud Billiken Day Parade and Picnic, is adding a new element to the day of family fellowship.

The Chicago Defender Charities Inc., producer of the annual Bud Billiken Day Parade and Picnic, is adding a new element to the day of family fellowship.

This year’s parade day activities will feature a gospel festival at noon, with a lineup of veteran and emerging singers and choirs. The gospel fest will be held in Washington Park on 51st Street between Cottage Grove and St. Lawrence. The event will also serve as a tribute to the late legendary Chicagoan and gospel icon Albertina Walker.

For this inaugural event, the performance schedule includes: Walt Whitman and The Soul Children of Chicago, just back from Sweden ministering in music; The Brown Sisters, a quintet of award-winning sister singers who hail from the West Side; The Nichols Sisters, a group of traditional gospel singers who are also cousins to singer/actress Jennifer Hudson; The Victory Travelers, a quartet under the direction of Deacon Reuben Burton that has been praising through music for at least 25 years; Dexter Walker & Zion Movement, winners of the American Heart Association’s Power to End Stroke Most Powerful Voices competition; Janet Sutton and The Voices of Acme church, winners in 2009 of the Verizon Wireless How Sweet The Sound Best Church Choir competition; and Gospel Music According to Chicago, a mass choir comprised of legends, novices and praise singers from over 40 churches in the Chicagoland area.

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