Levitt VIBE Music Series: Wesli

Haitian Afrobeat artist Wesli will perform on the Levitt VIBE stage at Riis Park on July 20th as part of the International Latino Cultural Centers newest summer concert series.

Saturday, July 20th • FREE CONCERT at Riis Park (2pm-4pm)

6100 W. Fullerton Ave (Behind the Field House)

Born Wesley Louissaint in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, this Montreal based singer-songwriter and producer unites a large cross-section of Montreal talent, his music linking Haitian voudou and rara with Twoubadou roots, Afrobeat and reggae. Since being crowned the Revelation Radio-Canada for 2009–2010, Wesli has toured across North America, Haiti, Colombia, Brazil, and Europe, and participated in WOMEX, Mundial Montréal and Cape Verde’s Atlantic Music Expo. His unstoppable creativity led to two album releases in 2015: the star-studded Immigrand alongside the more traditional Ayiti Étoile Nouvelle. Released last year, the highly ambitious two-volume Tradisyon uplifts, honors and reinvigorates the Haitian and diasporic traditions with Volume One focusing on Haitian roots, acoustic and traditional styles, and Volume Two offering new directions in Haitian music, blending traditional genres with electronic music, Afrobeat, soul, funk, hip-hop and more to create a rich, festive and uniquely engaging sound.

Wesli, performing at the Levitt VIBE Music Series in Riis Park - an ILCC Production.

ABOUT THE ILCC

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago is a pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting, and increasing awareness of Latino cultures among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms and education including film, music, dance, visual arts, comedy, theater and culinary arts. The Center prides itself for its outstanding multidisciplinary local and international cultural programming which spans Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the United States. 

Born out of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago also produces other programs, including the Chicago Latino Music Series, which is celebrating its 18th edition this year; Film in the Parks, also in its 18th season; the monthly Reel Film Club, already in its 16th year; and many others. 

All in all, the audience has grown from 500 people in 1985 for the first Chicago Latino Film Festival to more than 70,000 (Latinos and non-Latinos) who enjoy the year-round multidisciplinary cross-cultural exchanges offered by the Center.

ABOUT THE LEVITT FOUNDATION

The Levitt Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building community through music. They partner with communities to activate underused outdoor spaces, creating welcoming, inclusive destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life.

By providing free outdoor concerts and revitalizing public spaces, the Foundation seeks to create inclusive, vibrant communities where people of all backgrounds can come together to enjoy live music and cultural experiences. For more information, visit www.levitt.org.

ABOUT THE CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT

The Chicago Park District has served Chicago residents for more than 85 years. It is a Gold Medal Award-winning organization, which recognizes excellence in park and recreation management across the nation. For more information about the Chicago Park District’s more than 8,800 acres of parkland, more than 600 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, 12 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, over 75 nature areas, thousands of special, sports and entertainment events.

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