India Arie, Bootsy Collins, Al B. Sure, and more at the African Festival of the Arts | Music Sidebar | Chicago Reader

India Arie, Bootsy Collins, Al B. Sure, and more at the African Festival of the Arts 

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Presented by the Africa International House, the 22nd African Festival of the Arts expects to attract more than 300,000 people to Washington Park, 51st and Cottage Grove, over the long holiday weekend (Fri-Mon 9/2-9/5). The lineup on the Dee Parmer Woodtor main stage includes soul star India Arie, gospel duo Mary Mary, funk-bass legend Bootsy Collins, Nigerian singer Kefee, Prince and Beyonce drummer Cora Coleman-Dunham, trumpeter Gerald Wilson with jazz vocalist Joan Collaso, and a combined set from R&B singers Al B. Sure, Chico DeBarge, Jon B, and Christopher Williams. As in past years, pavilions set up around the park will showcase African culture, arts, music, and cuisine. The drum village, for example, presents demos on African drumming, and the spirituality pavilion highlights the work of African priests, healers, and herbalists. Other notable destinations include a health and wellness village and pavilions dedicated to film, quilting, books and their authors, and other fine arts. The fest runs from 10 AM to 10 PM each day. Admission is $15 at the gate, $10 in advance; admission for children and seniors is $5. Weekend passes are available for $30. For more info, see Fairs & Festivals by day, call 773-955-2787, or visit

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