Chicago, Thursday, April 19, 2012. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events today announced that Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, Death Cab for Cutie and Dierks Bentley will perform as headline musical acts at the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park (Jackson and Columbus) as part of the 32nd Annual Taste of Chicago, July 11-15.
Taste of Chicago 2012 will open on Wednesday, July 11 with Chicago’s own Jennifer Hudson kicking off the festivities. The Oscar and Grammy® Award winning actress, who grew up singing in the church choir and attended Dunbar High School in Bronzeville, will take the stage at the Petrillo Music Shell at 5:30p.m. (opening act TBA).
Thursday evening, July 12, is the 25th Annual XRT concert at Taste of Chicago, featuring Death Cab for Cutie, which just completed two successful shows at the Chicago Theatre.
Chaka Khan will headline the V-103 concert Saturday night, July 14 at Taste. As a solo performer, Khan has demonstrated that her vocal skills can translate to many musical genres as she is as adept at singing rock, jazz, gospel music, hip-hop and classical as she is at soul and R&B. Opening for Khan is yet another Grammy award winning R & B artist, Raphael Saadiq.
Earlier on Saturday will be a completely free concert for kids presented by Radio Disney. Following the Fleet Feet Kids Dash which happens at 9:30 a.m., families will be encouraged to enjoy Taste as it opens at 11 a.m. and then enter the Petrillo Seating and lawn areas for a free concert beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Grammy nominated country singer Dierks Bentley will close things out on Sunday, July 15, the final day of Taste 2012. Bentley will perform at 4:45p.m.
Additional acts, TBA.
For the first time, Taste attendees will be able to purchase tickets to the seating area at the bandshell. A total of 3,000 seats will be available beginning in late May for only $25. Details on how to purchase tickets to the seats will be available on the Taste website . Lawn seating for more than 30,000 people remain free.