Illinois residents are in for a treat this weekend with the announcement of Emeline Michel’s Summer Midwest Tour. Haiti’s most notable songstress will have free performances from July 11-13 in Chicago and Madison.

Michel has cultivated a vibrant career as a musical ambassador for Haiti. She is a captivating performer and a premier Haitian songwriter. Her indelible presence has gained her wide exposure with concerts throughout the Caribbean, Europe, and North and South America for over 20 years, including performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Harlem Stage, Lincoln Center; Festival International de Jazz de Montréal; New Orleans Jazz Fest; Tasmania’s Ten Days On The Island; Zimbabwe’s Harare International Arts Festival; Seychelles’ Festival Kreol; and MTV’s 2010 Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief telethon.

Michel’s repertoire will be a mix of her classic dance numbers and songs from her new release Quintessence. Her long-awaited tenth album, Quintessence is a unique blend of spirited songs, bathed in folk and acoustic jazz. The CD showcases Michel’s warm, deep and moving voice singing songs that capture the reverence and gratitude for each moment in Creole, French and English.

Performance dates:

Friday, July 11, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Chicago SummerDance
Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
FREE, All ages.
with support from Tamboula Ethnic Dance Company (Traditional Haitian Folkloric Dances)@ 6:00pm

Saturday, July 12, 2014 @ 8:00pm
Square Roots Festival
Maurer Hall, Old Town School
4544 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
Square Roots suggested donation is $10 for adults, $5 seniors/kids, and $20 for families, All ages.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 @ 6:15pm
La Fête de Marquette
Central Park
E Wilson St & S Ingersoll St
Madison, WI 53703
FREE, All ages.

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