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Mayor Lightfoot’s New “Chicago In Tune” Music Festival Starts Thursday

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CHICAGO—Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced more details for the new “Chicago in Tune” music festival starting Thursday — including 36 more City-supported “Chicago Presents” neighborhood events and new Blues Community Concerts in the Bronzeville and Austin neighborhoods, on historic Record Row and in music clubs across the city. Chicago In Tune (August 19 – September 19) is a new citywide festival celebrating Chicago’s diverse and legendary music scene and the 2021 Year of Chicago Music. This month of music will bring together iconic neighborhood venues, presenting organizations and musicians from across the city to celebrate all music genres and forms — with 575+ free and ticketed shows at more than 55 venues. The festival is part of “Open Culture” — one component of the Mayor’s “Open Chicago” initiative to safely and fully reopen the city.

“You can try to define, categorize or pigeonhole it, but at the end of the day, there is no singular sound that encompasses Chicago’s music scene,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “This wide variety of music not only reverberates through and breathes life into every corner of our city, but it is highlighted and celebrated during incredible events like Chicago in Tune. I want to thank every musician, venue owner and music industry leader for participating in this timeless festival, remaining resilient in the face of this pandemic and partnering with us to safely Open Chicago.”

“Chicago is the city that knows how to strike a chord. It’s a city that knows how to find its harmony in the hustle. It’s a city where everyone knows how to move to their own beat, yet everyone comes together to play in the same key — the

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