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Double the fun with double festivals in Chicago. The 28th International Festival of Life (IFOL) is being celebrated with the 5th Jerk, Seafood & Vegan Festival (JSV Fest).
Jamaica and its reggae music are the driving force of the International Festival of Life. However, it is incorporating the countries of South and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa and Mexico to showcase their heritage and lifestyle. Entertainers from around the world play a role in living up to its objective of “Living Together As One.”
The Jerk, Seafood & Vegan will treat you to the real taste of these different cuisines. There will also be games, arts and crafts and more.
Music is an integral part of both festivals and you’ll hear Reggae, African, Caribbean, Haitian, Latin, American and other world music genres.
An R&B/Soul vocal group, the Delfonics greatest hits include “Ready Or Not Here I Come,” “La-La,” “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time),” “Break Your Promise” and “I’m Sorry.”
Haitian American Phyllis Ross is a singer, songwriter and pianist. Her hits include “KONSA,” “Ma Vir Sans Toi,” “U & Me” and “CAN’T RESIST.”
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Mr. Vegas has a string of international classic reggae and dancehall releases including “Heads High,” “Party Tun Up” and “Nike Air.”
The Chicago Mass Choir
An American gospel choir, they were named Best New Artist at the Gospel Music Excellence Awards in 1991.
Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues
Branch was discovered by Willie Dixon, the “father of modern Chicago Blues.” He is an Emmy Award Winner, 3 time Grammy Nominee and 2020 Blues Foundation Hall of Fame Inductee.
Kreyol is a Haitian American roots ban from Chicago. Their musical style includes Caribbean, Roots, Zouk, African and traditional Haitian rhythms.
Dynamq International Sound
Dynamq is a South Sudanese Reggae/dancehall artist and DJ. He’s the winner of the MTN/Eye Radio Music Award for 2016 Best Reggae Artist.
Slique Jay Adams
A Chicago native, Slique is a singer/songwriter. His music is a blend of rhythm, blues, gospel, soul, dance pop and hip hop.
Other performers include
- DJ Payne & The Payne Relief Smooth Blues Band
- DJ Terry Hunter
- DJ Malik Shabazzy
- KTP Band
- Mr. C – Cha Cha Slide
- Atta Ghana Boy
- Indika Reggae Band
Expose your palate with a taste of jerk, seafood, vegan, soul food, vegetarian, BBQ, sweets and more. Be sure to come hungry.
So grab your family and friends and come, eat, drink, dance, meet and greet. Have a fabulous time ending summer and welcoming fall.
This is happening in Washington Park on September 11 and 12, 2021. VIP admission gives you backstage access, VIP Beer Garden & cash bar access, seats in VIP pavilion near the stage with the best views and water and snacks from 6 pm to 7 pm.
There is free general admission for children under 12 if accompanied by an adult.
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