Freedom Hall Main Series

Freedom Hall 2017-2018 Main Series Concerts

Freedom Hall Main Series kicks off the season on October 20th with the eccentric Mucca Pazza in our Nathan Manilow Theatre. Also performing in our 2017-2018 main series will be Chicago-born-and-raised blues guitarist, Toronzo Cannon performing on November 10 and back by popular demand, Masters of Soul will perform on December. To hit off the 2018 year, our main series begins with Do You Speak Djembe?, a band of world-class African and international musicians will be a Freedom Hall on January 27. Chicago leading man Evan Tyrone Martin will perform Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole on February 2. Our main series concludes on March 16 with Mokoomba, one of Africa’s most exciting young bands.

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Freedom Hall Main Series - Mucca Pazza

Mucca Pazza

Friday, October 20, 2017

7:30 p.m. – Tickets $35

MUCCA PAZZA combine marching band traditions and street theater spectacle with rock and roll sensibilities, high level of musicianship, and unparalleled eccentric, frenetic visual presence and genre-bending original compositions! They have earned critical praise and a loyal local following while playing at major festivals including Lollapalooza and Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors and collaborating with a range of artists including the Chicago Sinfonietta and Andrew Bird.

“Chicago’s Mucca Pazza splits the difference between Balkan gypsy brass bands and American football-game-style halftime marching bands with a brilliantly calculated mondo-bizarro dementia, and liberal amounts of humor.”
— The Wall Street Journal

Read more about Mucca Pazza and view their videos.

This performance is sponsored by J. Murray & Associates and Friends of Freedom Hall




Toronzo Cannon

Toronzo Cannon

Friday, November 10, 2017

7:30 p.m. – Tickets $30

Chicago-born-and-raised blues guitarist /vocalist/ songwriter Toronzo Cannon is ready to write his own story as he claims his place as one of the city’s most popular and innovative blues musicians. Cannon’s unofficial launch from local hero to national star took place in 2015 at the world-renowned Chicago Blues Festival, where he performed as a festival headliner. After announcing that he had just signed with Alligator Records, he delivered a riveting set, instantly earning tens of thousands of new fans.

“An adventurous spirit that draws from many genres, including his first love, reggae.”
— Chicago Tribune

Read more about Toronzo Cannon and view his videos.

This performance is sponsored by Baxter & Woodman, Inc. and J. Murray & Associates




Masters of Soul

Masters of Soul

Friday, December 1, 2017
Saturday, December 2, 2017 – SOLD OUT

7:30 p.m. – Tickets $35

MASTERS OF SOUL is a celebration of the Motown era featuring hits from the Temptations – Gladys Knight & the Pips – Marvin Gaye – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Four Tops – Diana Ross & Supremes and many more! Motown with a holiday twist!

“The show includes incredible harmonies, stylish costumes and endless smooth moves.”
— Chicago Tribune

Read more about Masters of Soul and view their videos.

This performance is sponsored by Kluger Furs and Hansbrough Financial Services





Do You Speak Djembe?

Saturday, January 27, 2018

7:30 p.m. – Tickets $30

A band of world-class African and international musicians… A surprising mix of instruments … An innovative fusion of music and rhythm from different cultures… The public as performers, each with a djembe drum as part of the show! Generating positive energy through drumming, sharing not just the musicians’ melodies, harmonies and rhythm but an infectious joy.

“A great and unique concert where musicians and audience play with each other!”

Read more about Do You Speak Djembe and view their videos.

This performance is sponsored by J. Murray & Associates and Homewood/Star Disposal




Falling in Love with Nat King Cole by Evan Tyrone Martin

Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole

Friday, February 2, 2018

7:30 p.m. – Tickets $30

Chicago leading man Evan Tyrone Martin (JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, SIDE SHOW, DREAMGIRLS) warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole. Chicago Tribune calls the Award-nominated Martin “Destined for Stardom: One of the Hot New Faces of Chicago Theatre.” Martin intimately relates Cole’s musical journey: from his upbringing in the Chicago church, to shuffling along the jazz scene, to his emergence as a popular music icon.

“Destined for stardom! One of the hot new faces of Chicago theatre.”
— Chicago Tribune

Read more about Evan Tyrone Martin and view his videos.

This performance is sponsored by J. Murray & Associates and Bimba Manufacturing






Friday, March 16, 2018

7:30 p.m. – Tickets $25

Mokoomba is one of Africa’s most exciting young bands to emerge from the African continent in the past 10-15 years. Hailing from Zimbabwe, they are setting dance-floors ablaze with their unique mix of traditional Tonga and pan -African music cultures with dashes of Rap, Ska, Soukous and Afro-Cuban music. Mokoomba has toured more than 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania.

“Energetic songs about traditional life, history and culture in the Victoria Falls region of Zimbabwe … Mokoomba.”
— The Guardian

Read more about Mokoomba and view their videos.

This performance is sponsored by Southland Arts and Municiplaities and Business Alliance (SAMBA) and 90.9FM WDCB





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