CHICAGO, IL (June 14, 2016) – The Westside Cultural Foundation proudly presents Platinum Award-Winning R&B artist Kelly Price, the greatest hip-hop storyteller Slick Rick The Ruler and hip-hop icon MC Lyte, for the 5th Annual Chicago Westside Music Festival (“WSMF”) on August 20, 2016.
WSMF is a FREE outdoor event with activities and performances for all ages. This event takes place 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Drive (at the corner of Ogden and Sacramento). The WSMF host, Ramonski Luv, 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 were recently featured on Good Morning America 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.”
Programming 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 MC Lyte, Slick Rick The Ruler and Kelly Price.
This year’s sponsors include BMO Harris Bank (Presenting Sponsor), 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.
WSMF was founded in 2012 to establish the West Side as a destination for cultural and community programming. Inspired by the late Chicago official, Michael Scott Sr., the festival is intended to shine light on the positive contributions, culture, and people of Chicago’s West Side. Scott’s son, 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.”
The festival continues to build upon this legacy of greatness. Past headliners of the festival include R&B acts Bell Biv DeVoe, Musiq Soulchild, Syleena Johnson, Brownstone and 112.
This is an open seating event. Attendees are allowed to bring lawn chairs, tents (only in designated areas) and prepared food (no grills allowed). Food vendors and the MillerCoors beer garden will also be onsite.
For more information on the festival, including a list of prohibited items, please visit: www.chicagowestsidemusicfestival.com
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