The second annual Englewood Music Festival brings together a community with music, food and lots to do. More free vegetables, anyone? – Chicago Tribune

By | September 18, 2022

Dreadlocks of various lengths, frosty-haired gents with silver and gold chains and juicy curls in each coloration from marigold to jet black, danced by the crowds on the second annual Englewood Music Competition Saturday. The competition at 63rd and South Parkway was hosted by the workplace of sixteenth District Alderman Stephanie Coleman and welcomed Chicagoland natives to a protected, family-friendly celebration of intergenerational connection and group engagement.

The competition attracted round 3,000 guests. Music performers included neo-soul duo Kindred the Household Soul and rappers Katie Obtained Bandz and Juvenile. Not solely had been there extra individuals than finally 12 months’s occasion, however there have been extra distributors and sufficient area to make all generations really feel welcome.

“It is going to be a protected day, so the affect might be on household, unity and naturally arts, music and tradition,” Coleman stated. “Right this moment’s intergenerational occasions deliver households and generations collectively. Right this moment is resilience.

Guests of all ages have discovered shade from the solar underneath the bushes in the midst of South Halsted. Older clients stretched out underneath a vibrant pink tent within the sixteenth arrondissement. The wind picked up round 2 p.m. and blew a cool breeze over the competition.

On the sidewalk close to Kennedy-King School, households sat on concrete ledges and lined up garden chairs. Folks sipped drinks and ate rooster dinners at Harold’s Rooster meals truck.

“I really like how intimate it’s as a result of it is much like different festivals that happen in Grant Park and different areas of Chicago,” West Englewood resident Olivia Weathers stated. “Festivals like this make the group proud and I’ve by no means heard of scum. Final 12 months after I went there was no violence and there have been no incidents at present.

Chicago’s Haire’s Gulf Shrimp bought flaky fried shrimp and gave away free water to youngsters. We Shave What You Crave offered mounds of ice in polystyrene cups, permitting clients to combine their syrup.

Frying oil lined up with guests to the Taquizas A Domicilio meals truck as tiger’s blood, inexperienced apple and blue raspberry syrups stained the road dealing with the soundstage.

The Black McDonald’s Operators Affiliation tent was close to Coleman’s tent. About $2,500 value of prepackaged crayons, pencils, pens and notebooks had been stacked on the tent’s show desk, able to be taken away. A BMOA spokesperson stated the scholar care packages are supposed to fulfill the wants of school-aged youngsters who could not have tutorial assets.

Within the Kennedy-King School parking zone, there was a youngsters’s part. Far within the lot, the Englewood Arts Collective (EAC) had its personal DJ taking part in kid-friendly music and an MC promoting raffle tickets for tote luggage. Contained in the tote luggage had been coloring books, two EAC t-shirts and coupons for the Chick-Fil-A South Loop.

Kids and fogeys wore flowing yellow aprons and made a group mural with acrylic paints. There was additionally a youngsters’s carnival with bungee jumps and an inflatable bouncing tent with obstacles. Well being assets akin to Cook dinner County Well being, Illinois Division of Kids and Household Companies, and Howard Brown Well being had stations close by.

On the foremost entrance, Develop Higher Englewood handed out luggage of free produce and served contemporary meals to clients who might need needed fruit as an alternative of competition meals.

“We have now herbs and greens from our Sisters Within the Village group, which is a farm run by a black girl on the South Aspect of Chicago, and grocery luggage from our beautiful companions at City Growers Collective,” stated George Mikell, the Develop Higher Supervisor of the Englewood Farmers Market. “To be right here is to be linked with the group.”

Musical classics like “Earlier than I Let Go” by Frankie Beverly and Maze, and “Sweet” by Cameo performed earlier than Kindred the Household Soul arrived within the late afternoon. The Inexperienced Line prepare to Harlem was the backdrop to the middle stage when the performers started performing.

When the streetlights got here on, the music of Katie Obtained Bandz rattled the asphalt close to the stage and the guests danced in sync. Juvenile was the most recent visitor artist whose songs echoed by the Englewood Sq. buying middle till sundown.

“Neighborhood occasions are the most effective place to host good high quality leisure and convey individuals collectively like distributors, voters, dignitaries and everybody else,” stated Fatin Dantzler of Kindred the Household Soul. “The whole lot feeds off of one another. In order that’s at all times a very good factor.

Josh Burrell is a contract author.