Taste is proud to present George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic with an opening performance by Bj THE CHICAGO KID and The Boy Illinois!
For all Petrillo concerts, general seating tickets are $18 and premium seating tickets are $50. Admission to Taste of Chicago and lawn seating is free.
Tickets are also on sale for the new Taste Oasis, a new, air conditioned lounge in Butler Field offering tasty bites, cold water, a private cash bar, executive washrooms, music and more. If you’ve previously enjoyed the Celebrity Chef du Jour experience (not happening in 2018), give this new offering a try. Day passes for this exclusive area are $50.
Taste Oasis will be open throughout normal Taste of Chicago festival ho...urs, but it’s particularly a great spot to hang out before and after the Petrillo Music Shell concerts. (While you may be able to hear the concerts, you won’t be able to see them.) Food samples will be served Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 3 to 6pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5pm. Children 2 years and under will be admitted at no charge; one child per adult.
George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic revolutionized R&B in the 1970s, twisting soul music into funk. With hits like “Flash Light,” “Aqua Boogie” and “(Not Just) Knee Deep,” George Clinton influenced the rise of funk-inspired rap and funk rap in the early 1990s, establishing the status of Clinton & Co. as one of the most important forces in the history of black music. His music has become the soundtrack for the rap movement. With renewed notoriety and respect, the award-winning George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic inspiration, dedication and determination have resulted in the elevation of funk as a true genre in and of itself.
BJ the Chicago Kid is a Chicago artist on the rise. Bryan James Sledge (aka BJ the Chicago Kid) proved his knack for soul with 2012's self-released album Pineapple Now-Laters, a diverse collection of songs that included «His Pain» featuring Kendrick Lamar. In My Mind, his major label debut on Motown, transcends basic classification. The project is as imaginative as its title implies but as real as BJ the Chicago Kid's love for music.
The Boy Illinois composes and delivers lyrics with a raw and unabashed eloquence, weaving together prose and poetry that draw upon his upbringing in Chicago. His music and lyrics are influenced by his proud Haitian heritage and a contagious energy that pulls fans deeply into each one of his songs. In 2016 he was named a winner of the ChicagoMade A&R Auditions presented by DCASE and performed at the Taste of Chicago Bud Light Stage. The hype machine surrounding his burgeoning career attracted veteran rap maverick Lupe Fiasco, who invited him on some of his recent national tours.