World Music Fest expands

The 15th annual World Music Festival Chicago will expand to 11 days – from seven days last year – stretching from Sept. 12 through 22 at Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center and clubs and concert halls across the city.

In all, 70 shows by musicians from 34 countries will play 20 venues, including five concerts in Millennium Park.

The Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra will kick off the festival with a concert at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park at 6 p.m. Sept. 12.

“RagaMala: A Celebration of Indian Music,” will commence with Amjad Ali Khan playing at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at Millennium Park, followed by an all-night marathon of classical Indian music starting at 9 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center and running until 8 a.m. the next day.

Among other attractions, National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship winner Nicolae Feraru, a Chicago cimbalom virtuoso, will appear on a double-bill with the Krar Collective at  3 p.m. Sept. 15 at Millennium Park; Dr. L. Subramaniam will play at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Millennium Park; the Fareed Haque Trio and Flat Earth Ensemble will perform “Hymns of the Ancients” at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Humboldt Park Boathouse; and “One World Under One Roof” will present several bands starting at noon Sept. 22 at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Other venues this year will include the Old Town School of Folk Music, Mayne Stage, National Museum of Mexican Art, the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts and the Beverly Arts Center.

The event is produced by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and all concerts are free. For more information, visit or phone 312-744-3316.