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Chicago, IL — Gospel Music will be shining bright in Chicago this weekend with tops acts and some of the biggest names in Gospel for the Chicago Gospel Music Festival and culminating with Jazz.

Chicago Gospel Music Festival: This year marks a dramatic expansion of the fest, which in 2011 had been reduced to one day at Taste of Chicago. The event opened Thursday at Millennium Park and continues through the weekend. On Friday, the music-making unfolds at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E.

Washington St., with performances from noon to 2 p.m. in the Randolph Street Café and Preston Bradley Hall, followed by a screening of the classic Gospel documentary film “Say Amen, Somebody,” with director George T. Nierenberg appearing at a post-film discussion, 5:30 p.m. in the Claudia Cassidy Theater.


On Saturday and Sunday, the festival will move to Ellis Park, at 37th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, with performances from noon to 8 p.m. each day. Saturday headliners: Byron Cage at 5 p.m.; J Moss, 5:40 p.m.; Fred Hammond, 6:30 p.m. Sunday headliners: Take 6, 5 p.m.; Blind Boys of Alabama, 5:45 p.m.; and Mary Mary, 6:45 p.m.

For details, phone 312-744-3316 or visit

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