Taste is proud to present Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey as Black Star with an opening performance by Madame Gandhi!
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 hours, 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.
For the third day, Black Star, the Brooklyn hip hop duo formed in 1997 by rappers yasiin bey (Mos Def) and Talib Kweli, will headline. Arising from the rap underground movement of the 1990s, Black Star has put out a number of singles and one album Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star released in 1998 to critical acclaim and now celebrating its 20th Anniversary. While both Mos Def and Talib Kweli have gone on to even greater commercial and critical success in their solo careers, they together helped shape underground alternative rap and bring it into the mainstream.
Kiran Gandhi, who performs as Madame Gandhi, is an electronic music artist and activist based in Los Angeles. Having gained recognition as the former drummer for artist M.I.A, in 2016, she released her first EP Voices, and in 2017, she toured as the opening act for Ani DiFranco. Madame Gandhi is currently working on her debut full-length album and her mission is to elevate and celebrate the female voice.