This outdoor event will feature live entertainment, delicious food offerings along with family activities and much more. Features:
International Headliners: Musical Styles; Cumbia, Champeta, Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Vallenato, Reggaeton, Electrica and Colombian Folklore.
“From the Pacific coast to the interior plains and mountains to the shores of the Caribbean, Colombia has a huge diversity of cultures made up of mixtures of Spanish, African and indigenous peoples. With two coasts and bordering on five countries, we are at the center of Latin America, and our culture is both influenced by and exported to our neighbors.”
One example of this exportation is headliner Anibal Valasquez y Los Locos del Swing, a 79 year old innovator from Barranquilla who popularized the accordion and invented a new, livelier form of cumbia called Colombian Guaracha that spread to Mexico, leading musicians there to adopt it and create their own style which became known as cumbia sonidero.
Velazquez, along with salsa orchestra Sonora Carruseles and champeta master Charles King, will receive Colombian Heritage Awards at the festival for their lifetime of cultural contributions. Awards will also be presented to a pair of Colombian musicians who make their home in Chicago, pianist/bandleader Samuel del Real and singer/bassist/bandleader Carpacho (Roberto Marin) y Su Super Combo for keeping Colombian music alive here.
In addition to the artists named above, the festival will also present Dubán Bayona & Jimmy Zambrano, Lucho Morales y Su Fiesta Vallenata, Juan Carlos Perez, Explosión Negra, Mala Fe “La Vaca”, Pibo Marquez and DJ Geko Jones from ¡Que Bajo NYC! Chicago based artists include the Diana Mosquera Ensemble and Ecos del Pacifico Afrocolombiano and Tierra Colombiana Folkloric Dance Company. For a complete list of artists, visit http://www.colombianfestchicago.com.
Beer & Wine Garden
International Food Court
Live Local Music: Local Colombian Folklore/Salsa groups
THE COPERNICUS CENTER 5216 WEST LAWRENCE AVE. CHICAGO IL 60630
TIMES: SAT. And Sun. Gates open at 11am -10PM SUN.
GENERAL ADMISSION: $10.00 KIDS 12 UNDER FREE W/PAYING ADULT.