Free Fresh Fest Navy Pier
Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, Chicago
When: July 11-12, 2019 1:00 pm-7:30 pm and 10:00 am – 8:30 pm Free and open to the public.
Fresh Fest! is a two-day, Pier-wide performance program featuring young performers of Chicago. This festival includes multiple performances at various stages and spaces at Navy Pier (Wave Wall platform and Polk Bros Park and Performance Lawns).
Thursday Performance Schedule
1:00pm – 1:40pm | South Shore Drill Team | South Dock procession + Wave Wall Platform
1:40pm – 1:45pm | Opening Ceremony | Wave Wall platform
1:45pm – 3:30pm | Blues Kids Camp | Wave Wall platform
2:00pm – 2:30pm | Red Clay Dance Youth Ensemble | City Stage
2:30pm – 3:30pm | Joshua August Mhoon | City Stage
4:00pm – 4:30pm | Guitars over Guns | Lake Stage
4:00pm – 5:30pm | Blues Kids Camp | Wave Wall platform
6:00pm – 7:30pm | Open The Circle | Lake Stage
Friday Performance Schedule
10:00am – 11:45am | Wiggle Worms | Lake Stage
12:00pm – 1:00pm | Forward Momentum | City Stage
1:00pm – 1:30pm | The Happiness Club | Wave Wall Platform
1:30pm – 2:15pm | Hubbard Street Dance | City Stage
2:00pm – 2:45pm | School of Rock Chicago | Wave Wall Platform
3:00pm – 3:45pm | PRAA | City Stage
4:00pm – 4:30pm | Bollywood Groove | Wave Wall Platform
5:00pm – 5:30pm | CICS Wrightwood School | City Stage
6:00pm – 8:30pm | NextGenJazz, Jazz Institute | Lake Stage
South Shore Drill Team
South Shore Drill Team uses the performing arts to engage inner-city youth throughout their critical teenage years, mitigate the dangers of gangs, drugs, and violence, and guide members towards completing their education and becoming responsible citizens.
Blue Kids Camp
Blues Kids Camp was established to preserve, perform and promote the Blues among America’s youth, parents and educators under the tutelage of highly qualified instructors, globally.
Red Clay Dance Youth Ensemble
The Red Clay Dance Youth Ensemble is youth-led, training and performing company for exceptional young dancers ages 13-18.
Joshua August Mhoon
Joshua Mhoon recently performed for the historical inauguration of Chicago’s newest mayor, Lori Lightfoot, after returning from Japan where he was featured on national TV.
GOGO “Legacy” Alumni Band
Guitars Over Guns Organization (GOGO) is a non-profit that offers students from disadvantaged backgrounds a powerful combination of music education, public performance opportunities, and authentic mentoring relationships.
Open the Circle
Open the Circle is teaming up with Navy Pier to present a youth-focused Dance Down featuring some of the top youth dance companies in Chicago.
The Old Town School of Folk Music’s celebrated early childhood music program. Children sing, dance, learn finger plays and story songs, and explore rhythm instruments especially designed for little hands. For children newborn through four years, it’s the perfect time for these special experiences with the language of music.
Forward Momentum Chicago provides high-quality, affordable dance education programs in the classroom and in the community to children typically not exposed to this art form with emphasis on health and fitness.
The Happiness Club
The Happiness Club is a group of Chicago kids that rap, dance and create original material for musical shows that are designed to encourage positive values and social change through the arts.
Hubbard Street Dance
The Youth Dance Program of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago provides an in-depth dance education to youth throughout the city, in our West Loop studios and in the Chicago Public Schools.
School of Rock Chicago
School of Rock Chicago‘s Performance Program is all about translating students’ abilities to play in the lesson room to performing on stage.
Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
PRAA is a primary cultural resource, offering high-quality, music and arts educational programming to 30,000 participants each year.
Experience a Rhythmic Exploration of India with Bollywood Groove & Culture Groove.
CICS Wrightwood School
More information to come.
NextGenJazz, Emerging Artists project
Unlike the early days of jazz, places where young musicians can perform in residence are few and far between. NextGenJazz provides a great opportunity for audiences to hear emerging artists and a venue for Chicago’s talented young performers to hone their craft.