Althea Conyers (312) 262-5519
2nd Annual South Shore Summer Festival
Family-Friendly Celebration of the South Shore Community
Chicago (July 5, 2012) – The South Shore Chamber, Inc. in conjunction with SSA #42 are proud to present the second annual South Shore Summer Festival. The festival is a celebration of the South Shore community, bringing live music and family entertainment to 73rd Street on Saturday, August 18 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The 2012 festival will feature both first-time and returning attractions, with live performances by Chico Debarge, Christopher Williams, Cuba Gooding and The Main Ingredient, The Delfonics, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes,Ray Goodman and Brown and Universal Alley Jazz.
“The Summer Festival is a great opportunity for families to enjoy fantastic music and the South Shore neighborhood,”
This year’s musical line up would not be complete without featuring local talent. The sponsors of the festival are hosting an Opening Act Contest to honor one local band or artist with a cash prize of $500 and the opportunity to open the South Shore Summer Festival. Artists can enter submissions to the Opening Act Contest starting July 1, 2012.
•To enter, submissions should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Artists must submit a short bio, a video link to a live performance, and links to their website and social media pages. If entrants do not have access to email, their submissions in the form of DVD’s may be dropped off at the Chamber’s office located at 1750 E. 71st Street, Suite 208. Entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. on July 16, 2012.
The Opening Act Contest finalists will be announced through Facebook and on the South Shore Chamber, Inc. website. The public will vote for who they would like to see perform at the festival via a Facebook poll.
•The poll will close on August 1, 2012 at 12 a.m., and the winner will be announced on August 1, 2012 at 12 p.m.
In addition to the schedule of musical acts dozens of local vendors and shop owners will offer food and merchandise. This year’s festival will also pay tribute to Don Cornelius by setting a Guinness World Record for the longest Soul Train line, which is currently held at 211 participants.
“I expect about 10,000 people to attend this year’s festival,” said Teyonda Wertz, Executive Director of South Shore Chamber, Inc. “We are excited to celebrate the South Shore community and look forward to sharing our great neighborhood with our Chicago family.”
The main festival will be held in the heart of the South Shore Community within the boundaries of SSA #42 on 73rd Street between Stony Island Avenue and Jeffrey Boulevard. Activities for children will be held in Wood Hull Park with inflatables, basketball and other children’s activities. The festival is free and open to the public.