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Chicago Gospel Music Festival lineup includes Grammy Award winner Smokie Norful

May 28, 2013|By JoVona Taylor | RedEye

The 28th Chicago Gospel Music Festival is set for June 20-23 and features a number of performances from gospel musicians such as John P. Kee, Kierra Sheard and Grammy Award winners Lecrae and Smokie Norful.

The four-day festival will take place in three different locations, kicking off at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park at 6:30 p.m. June 20. It then moves to the Chicago Cultural Center on noon to 3 p.m. June 21. The final two days of the event will be held at Ellis Park in Bronzeville from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“Celebrating Chicago’s Gospel Music Festival in the Bronzeville Community is exactly how we showcase and support entertainment, and leverage the economic and cultural assets of a neighborhood,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a press release.

Along with gospel music performances, the Ellis Park part of the fest includes an Arts Fair & Marketplace and Health & Wellness Oasis, where visitors can gain health information and participate in activities that encourage healthy behavior.

On Saturday, the festival will host a 90-minute tour of three historic Bronzeville churches-- Ebenezer Baptist Church, First Church of Deliverance and Pilgrim Baptist Church. The tours depart Ellis Park at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Admission to the Chicago Gospel Music Festival is free, and information can be found on the City of Chicago website.

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