Chance The Rapper, Common, And More Will Perform On Paint The Town Red’s Virtual Livestream

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Chance The Rapper, Common, And More Will Perform On Paint The Town Red’s Virtual Livestream

The Chicago-centric festival will be live-streamed next Thursday, May 21.

For the past decade, Paint the Town Red has showcased the incredible and diverse talent from Chicago’s finest artists with a yearly festival. This year, they’re not going to let a pandemic get in their way of doing just that.

While it might not be in Millennium Park, on Thursday, May 21, Paint the Town Red will be hosting their event online and feature performances by Chance the Rapper, Common, the Chicago Children’s Choir, and more!

“This year’s Paint the Town Red concert will go on, bigger and broader than ever, through a free concert on a digital stage with inspiring messages from special guests including the Honorable Mayor Lori Lightfoot & First Lady Amy Eshleman,” the festival wrote on its event page.

The lineup will also feature Grammy Award-winning jazz artist, Kurt Elling, music director/producer Petter CottonTale, and much more.

Along with musical performances, the festival will also feature:

“uplifting messages from our special guests in honor of our resilient city of champions. The concert will conclude at 8 pm in tandem with the country’s nightly #Solidarityat8 program encouraging the public to sing, applaud and flash their house light in a show of support for front line workers.”

Live music and performances have been on hiatus since the beginning of the pandemic. In wake of this, many of the concerts and festivals slated for late spring and summer have been cancelled. According to Pritzker’s 5-phase Restore Illinois plan, festivals won’t return until the state has completely recovered in its final stage.

Major festivals such as Pitchfork have already been cancelled. Lollapalooza organizers are reported to make a definitive announcement regarding the festival by the end of the month.

Paint the Town Red will begin their livestream at 7:00 pm CDT on their Facebook and Youtube channels.

[Featured image via their website]

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