From the Vietnam War, to the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, and the violence around the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, 1968 was one of the most turbulent years in American history. It was also a banner year in American music, with artists like Nina Simone, Simon & Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Laura Nyro, James Taylor, Marvin Gaye, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young producing some of their most vibrant work. Join CHF favorites Rob Lindley and Doug Peck (Four WomenA Night At The OscarsAssassinsFollies) along with an incredible line-up of performers,including E. Faye ButlerMark J. Hood (of NBC’s The Voice), and Bethany Thomas. Fifty years on, they'll explore the incredible music of this transformative year, paired with the ground-breaking “graphics” of the sixties era Chicago underground newspaper The Seed.

This program is generously underwritten by a gift from Greta Wiley Flory, in memory of her late husband Bill, a longtime friend and supporter of the Festival.

Sarah Allen

Chuckie Benson

E Faye Butler

Michael Driscoll

Edmond Fambro

Lucy Godinez

Mark Hood

Rob Lindley

Yando Lopez

Patrick Martin

Beckie Menzie

Tom Michael

Christine Mild

Meghan Murphy

Doug Peck

Jake Saleh

Bethany Thomas

Evan Tyrone Martin

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