Red Bull Music Festival Chicago Announces 2019 Lineup and Programming


Red Bull Music Festival has announced the 2019 lineup and programming for the Chicago edition (Atlanta was also announced today) of their two week takeover - November 17th-30th. Featuring 35+ artists across eight shows, Red Bull continues its tradition of highlighting purpose-driven artists who are inspiring and impacting their community.

This years festival kicks off on November 17th celebrating the 50th anniversary of Chicago record store Gramaphone; featuring a dual-venue takeover of where else; Metro and Smartbar with sets by Derrick Carter, Ron Trent, Colette, DJ Heather and many more. On November 19th, Chicago social practice artist Theaster Gates curates Black Monastic, a live event inside the Garfield Park Conservatory that will explore the history of black sounds through a collaborative performance from musicians Kiara Lanier, Ben LaMar Gay, Joshua Abrams and more. Music Director for Chance The Rapper Peter CottonTale will complement Gate’s curation with Praise Break featuring The JuJu Exchange, Ron Poindexter and Jay Arnold, and more.

Lupe Fiasco will perform his classic debut studio album Food & Liqour on November 21st at The Riviera. Collective Zero Fatigue will come together at Thalia Hall on November 23rd featuring Smino, Monte Booker and surely plenty of surprise guests. Philadelphia artist Tierra Whack will bring her inventive and “psychedelic brainscape” to Concord Music Hall on November 26th. Returning to Red Bull Music Festival this year, hometown hero Jamila Woods will perform a stripped down version her latest critically acclaimed album Legacy! Legacy! at event space The Geraghty.

Finally, Red Bull Music Festival Chicago wraps up with a two-day celebration at The Metro of John Walt Day with performances from Saba and the rest of PIVOT GANG featuring Joseph Chilliams, MFnMelo and Frsh Waters.

Tickets for Red Music Festival Chicago are on-sale now at You can stay updated across socials with the use and search of hashtag #REDBULLFESTCHI. Check out the full event listing below!

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EVENT: Gramaphone 50

DATE: Sunday, November 17th

LINE-UP: Steve "Silk" Hurley, Derrick Carter, Ron Trent, DJ Heather, Colette, JR of the Molemen, G

Most, Jesse De La Pena, Justin Aulis Long, DJ Psycho-Bitch, Hector Lopez, Michael Serafini, Garrett

David, Karl Meier and more

VENUE: Metro / smartbar (3730 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613)

TIME: 9:00 PM


EVENT: Lupe Fiasco Presents: Food & Liquor

DATE: Thursday, November 21st

LINE-UP: Lupe Fiasco

VENUE: The Riviera (4746 N Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60640)

TIME: 8:00 PM


EVENT: Tierra Whack Presents: Whack Factory

DATE: Tuesday, November 26th

LINE-UP: Tierra Whack

VENUE: The Concord Music Hall (2051 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647)

TIME: 8:00 PM


EVENT: Saba & Pivot Gang Present: John Walt Day

DATE: Friday, November 29th

LINE-UP: Saba,, Joseph Chilliams, Frsh Waters, MFn Mello

VENUE: Metro (3730 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613)

TIME: 8:00 PM

EVENT: Black Monastic

DATE: Tuesday, November 19th

LINE-UP: Theaster Gates Presents Yaw Agyeman, Kiara Lanier, Ben LaMar Gay, Joshua Abrams,

ADaD, Charles "Rick" Heath IV, Chris Paquette. CatchPeter Presents Praise Break with The JuJu

Exchange, Ron Poindexter, Jay Arnold.

VENUE: Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624)

TIME: 8:00 PM


EVENT: Zero Fatigue

DATE: Saturday, November 23rd

LINE-UP: Smino, Monte Booker and more

VENUE: Thalia Hall (1807 S Allport St, Chicago, IL 60608)

TIME: 8:00 PM


EVENT: Jamila Woods Legacy! Legacy! Unfolded

DATE: Wednesday, November 27th

LINE-UP: Jamila Woods

VENUE: The Geraghty (2520 S Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL 60608)

TIME: 8:00 PM


EVENT: Saba & Pivot Gang Present: John Walt Day

DATE: Saturday, November 30th

LINE-UP: Saba, Joseph Chilliams, Frsh Waters, MFn Mello

VENUE: Metro (3730 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613)

TIME: 8:00 PM