AWARD-WINNING R&B ARTIST KELLY PRICE, HIP-HOP PIONEERS SLICK RICK THE RULER AND MC LYTE HEADLINE THE 5TH ANNUAL CHICAGO WESTSIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Worlds of Hip-Hop and R&B Come Together for this FREE Family Focused Community Event Featuring Performances by Top Chicago Talent
Platinum Award-Winning R&B artist Kelly Price, the greatest hip-hop storyteller Slick Rick The Ruler and hip-hop icon MC Lyte, headline the 5th Annual Chicago Westside Music Festival (“WSMF”) on Saturday, August 20, 2016 presented by the Westside Cultural Foundation.
WSMF is a an affordable family friendly event if you want to bring the children, it’s perfect for a date or you can go solo. However you roll you are sure to enjoy yourself. Families should smile because this free outdoor event has activities and performances for all ages. Westside Music festival starts at 12 p.m. and runs through 9 p.m. in Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Drive (at the corner of Ogden and Sacramento). Take your rain poncho and an umbrella for the off and on showers promised.
Hosting the star studded festival is Ramonski Luv, who will be joined by special guest, Grammy and Oscar Winner, Che “Rhymefest” Smith. There will also be a special performance by the Hiplet™ Ballerinas, who you may have seen recently featured on Good Morning America, or read about them in the Chicago Defender and whose viral videos have received over 32 million views.
“We were very excited to present the line-up for our 5th Year. This is a major milestone and we wanted to produce a show that would be massive and I think we’ve done just that,” says Natashee Scott, Executive Director of the Westside Cultural Foundation. “The three top tier artists we’ve tapped to perform reflects not only a strong diversity of musical talent but it also celebrates the positivity and greatness of R&B and Hip-Hop music.”
The Program begins at 12 p.m. with the End of Summer Celebration sponsored by the 24th Ward Alderman, Michael Scott, Jr., which includes activities for kids and seniors, along with school supply and backpack giveaways.
Performances begin at 4 p.m. with a curated line up of top Chicago talent, followed by performances by the headliners: MC Lyte, Slick Rick The Ruler and Kelly Price.
WSMF’s sponsors include presenting sponsor BMO Harris Bank along with other level sponsors ComEd, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, The Chicago Community Trust, MillerCoors, Sterling Bay, Comcast, Mesirow Financial, Lagunitas, Loop Capital, Oak Street Health, Clarius Partners, Walgreens, American Airlines, Citgo Lemont Refinery, C&S Store Fixtures, NextLevel Health, Saint Anthony Hospital, Peoples Gas, The Raymond Law Group, Infrastructure Engineering and CS Insurance Strategies; media/promotional partnership with The Chicago Defender; social media partnership with Culture of Black Chicago; and our partners include the Chicago Park District, Mayor’s Nights Out in the Parks, Friends for Scott, BDavis Designs, High Style Marketing & PR, AGB Investigative Services and A Tale of Two Chefs. This spectrum of sponsors represent a range of products and services throughout Chicago land.
Founded in 2012 to establish the West Side as a destination for cultural and community programming, the 2016 Westside Music Festival is its 5th Annual. It was inspired by the late Chicago official, Michael Scott Sr., to shine light on the positive contributions, culture, and people of Chicago’s West Side.
Alderman Michael Scott, Jr. says, “It’s an honor to partner with the Westside Cultural Foundation and again host the WSMF in North Lawndale. Every year this event gets stronger and stronger. WSMF has become one of the best End of the Summer Celebrations in the City of Chicago.”
Each year the festival continues to build upon its initial intent creating a legacy of greatness. Past headliners of the festival include R&B acts Bell Biv DeVoe, Musiq Soulchild, Syleena Johnson, Brownstone and 112.
The festival is an open seating event so seats are available based on your arrival. Attendees are permitted to bring lawn chairs, tents (only in designated areas) and prepared food. No grilles/no grilling is permitted. Food vendors and the MillerCoors beer garden will also be onsite.