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Spring is in the air, and there’s no better way to welcome the changing of the season than by attending the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Arts, culture, nature and community spirit come together at this month-long event, commencing on March 20th, with all sorts of activities planned throughout the festival.
If you’ve never seen DC’s cherry blossoms in bloom, you’re in for an absolute treat. One of the best ways to see DC in springtime is by boat, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival has a number of options: grab a tidal basin paddleboat and explore the area on your own, or hop on a boat tour along the blossoms and monuments either during the day or by moonlight.
There are plenty of land-based things to see and do in conjunction with the festival as well. Self-guided land tours are just as breathtaking and inspiring when visiting DC at this time of the year. While you’re there be sure to take a guided tour and explore the history, architecture, and cuisine of the area.
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From March 15th – 24th, thousands of artists, producers, labels and more will descend on South Beach for the 28th Annual Winter Music Conference. It’s ten days of non-stop panels, workshops, and parties for fans of electronic dance music (EDM).
If you’ve ever had the urge to learn how to make your own EDM, the Winter Music Conference is the place to be. Some of the industry’s biggest and best names will be on-hand, and can help you learn the ins and outs of creating killer beats and catchy hooks. If you’d rather just sit back and watch the pros in action then check out the DJ spin-off, the VJ Challenge, or peruse the exhibits and try out the latest gear.
Of course a huge component of the Winter Music Conference is the club events and after-parties. With so many artists and producers in town, you can bet South Beach nightclubs will be rocking well into the early hours. The Winter Music Conference has over a dozen sanctioned events already lined up, and you can be sure there will be other parties and after-parties to come. From house music to trance to more mellow vibes, you’ll definitely find something that will fit your groove.
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June 8-10, 2012 at Millennium Park
Renowned as the largest free blues event in the world, the Chicago Blues Festival returns to Grant Park this June for three days of blues bliss. Whether you’re a blues aficionado or just a music lover, Chicago is the place to be from June 8 to June 10. Upwards of 500,000 blues fans are anticipated for this celebration of blues past and present, offering proof that Chicago is truly the “Blues Capital of the World.”
Headliners for this year’s Festival include Texas Johnny Brown on June 8, and Floyd Taylor on June 9. On Friday June 8, at the Petrillo Music Shell, blues fans will be treated to a centennial celebration of Lightnin’ Hopkins. The Houston blues legend died in 1982 and fellow Houston bluesman Texas Johnny Brown will commemorate him with his soulful guitar stylings. Chicago-born Floyd Taylor is the son of R&B great Johnnie Taylor and spent years learning his craft from his father. Taylor pays tribute to his father, who died in 2000, and other bluesmen.
Chicago’s own Mavis Staples is set to close the festival on Sunday, June 10. More than sixty years after she began singing with the Staple Singers, Mavis is still going strong. In 2011, she won the Grammy for “Best Americana Album.” The living Gospel and Blues legend is also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
Before Mavis Staples performs on Sunday, festival goers will be treated to a tribute to the Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor, who died in June of 2009. A select group of Blues women will perform in her honour, including Melvia “Chick” Rodgers, Jackie Scott, Deitra Farr and Nora Jean Brusco.
The performance stages include the Petrillo Music Shell, the Bud Light Crossroads Stage, Mississippi Juke Joint, and the Pepsi Front.
The 29th Annual Chicago Blues Festival is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. FREE Admission • Grant Park • June 8, 9 & 10, 2012. For more information call (312) 744-3316.
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The lavish Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago is North America’s second tallest building. This 5 star tower on the Chicago River features easy access to The Loop, financial centers and is within walking distance to exclusive shopping on Michigan Avenue, and Millenium Park where the festivities will take place. Expect unprecendented views, spacious rooms, and an attention to detail. You won’t be dissapointed! Enjoy a free upgrade on us!
The Fairmont Chicago, overlooking Millennium Park and Chicago’s lakefront, is a 4.5 star luxury hotel located in the Grant Park neighborhood of downtown Chicago. This AAA Four Diamond Millennium Park hotel is walking distance to the Loop, theater district and the Art Institute of Chicago. A $50 million dollar renovation completed in 2008 has distinguished this downtown Chicago luxury hotel as a prestigious address.
The Allegro Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, features a convenient location in the Chicago Theater District near entertainment and shopping venues on State Street and the Magnificent Mile. A sparkling renovation unveils thoughtfully-designed guestrooms and suites and a colorful lobby await you. Enjoy a complimentary wine recepetion every night of your stay!