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In celebration of our 25th Anniversary Little Black Pearl is continuing its partnership with the Chicago Park District to take part in the “Night Out In The Parks” series; which provides world-class cultural programming throughout the City of Chicago.   

LBP’s lake front “PearlFest 2019” is free to the public and incorporates a mixture of live musical entertainment, celebrities, food, fun and activities for all. 

This day-long celebration of the organization’s Silver Anniversary brings our village together to celebrate with an eclectic mix of nationally acclaimed Jazz, Funk and R&B artists and highlighting some of Chicago’s most notable talent.

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  • Access to Pearl Club area;

  • PearlFest SWAG BAG with champagne

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Letter From Monica Haslip Executive Director and Founder

I believe in the power of radical Love! Little Black Pearl (LBP) is a demonstration of possibilities. LBP is celebrating 25 Years of empowering youth and the community. We are proud of the thousands of youth and adults who have helped LBP to shape and change the narrative about the importance of the arts and the positive contributions we can all make to advance our society. LBP has proven that the greatest assets in our communities are the people who live in it and help to define its beauty.

For over two decades we have brought our very best to our community through a vast array of programs, events and our high school. We have partnered with artists, business owners, organizations, corporations, schools, legislators, parents and youth to demonstrate that we can build respected institutions that are beacons of light and hope for communities across the country.

LBP will honor its 25th Anniversary by bringing PearlFest, one of our most celebrated cultural events, back to the beautiful Chicago lakefront. PearlFest 2019 will feature many of the talented, internationally acclaimed artists who have supported LBP over the past two decades. We will be inspired for the future by taking a journey through the past! LBP’s 25th Anniversary is an incredible milestone that is a testimony of our collective power and determination to provide our community with the quality and excellence it deserves. We want to thank you for your love, prayers and generosity. Our commitment is to continue to bring love, innovation and inspiration for years to come.

PearlFest History

In celebration of our 25th Anniversary Little Black Pearl is continuing its partnership with the Chicago Park District to take part in the “Night Out In The Parks” series; which provides world-class cultural programming throughout the City of Chicago. On August 24, 2019 LBP will host “PearlFest 2019” at Chicago’s beautiful Oakwood/ 39th Street Beach.

LBP’s lake front “PearlFest 2019” is free to the public and incorporates a mixture of live musical entertainment, celebrities, food, fun and activities for all. Expecting to attract over 4,000 attendees, PearlFest is on par with International music festivals hosted around the world. In celebration of LBP’s 25th Anniversary, the organization remains committed to connecting families and communities, broadening cultural awareness and positively impacting the Chicago landscape through art, outreach, and education. Proceeds from PearlFest 2019 will allow us to continue our legacy of teaching the “business of art”.

“PearlFest 2019” will be a day-long celebration of the organization’s Silver Anniversary bringing our village together to celebrate with an eclectic mix of nationally acclaimed Jazz, Funk and R&B artists and highlighting some of Chicago’s most notable talent. Past large scale outdoor concerts produced by Little Black Pearl include PearlFest 2008 featuring George Duke & Chante Moore; PearlFest 2009 featuring Dianne Reeves & Lalah Hathaway; PearlFest 2010 featuring Oleta Adams & Esperanza Spalding; PearlFest 2014 featuring Rachelle Ferrell, Lalah Hathaway, Rahsaan Patterson, and Leela James; the 2013 Chaka Khan 40th Anniversary Concert at Millennium Park, and Pearl Fest 2015 featuring Oleta Adams, Diane Reeves, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Jose James.

GRAMMY award winning musician, producer, writer, and arranger Ms. Terri Lyne Carrington is the musical producer for Pearlfest. Along with Terri Lyne, Pearlfest 2019 will feature Grammy and Emmy award winning singer, pianist, and producer Robert Glasper, the awesome songstress Avery Sunshine, acclaimed vocalist and composer Lizz Wright, and the iconic Nona Hendryx.


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PearlFest 2019 is sure to be a celebration like no other!