R&B singer-songwriters Jhené Aiko and Lucky Daye round out the final list of performers for the 2022 Hyde Park Summer Fest. Both artists will be taking the stage on Sunday, June 12, fest organizers told The TRiiBE on May 6. 

Since late February, the Hyde Park Summer Fest organizers have been slowly rolling out the full lineup for the two-day event, formerly known as the Hyde Park Brew Fest. It will take place at Midway Plaisance on June 11-12. 

Busta Rhymes will be Saturday’s headliner, and Jhené Aiko will headline on Sunday. Other festival performers include Ashanti, Chicago artists Lupe Fiasco and BJ the Chicago Kid, singer-songwriter Marsha Ambrosius and Grammy Award-winner DJ Jazzy Jeff.

“After a two-year COVID-19 related hiatus, we are excited for the return of the Hyde Park Summer Fest which has proven to bring together a diverse group of Chicagoans while creating an economic engine all while investing in area public high schools,” said Jonathan Swain in a written statement. He’s co-founder and organizer of the Hyde Park Summer Fest. 

The soft and sultry Jhené Aiko, a six-time Grammy nominee, is best known for her singles “Sativa,” “While We Were Young,” “The Worst,” “P*$$Y Fairy (OTW)” and her collaboration with fellow singers Omarion and Chris Brown on “Post To Be.” Her third studio album Chilombo, released in 2020, earned three Grammy Award nominations, including Album of the Year. 

 Tickets for the Hyde Park Summer Fest are on sale now, starting at $89 — for the “Almost Gone Sale” — for ages 12 and up. Each fest day will go from 12:00 P.M. to 10:00 p.m.

New Orleans-born artist Lucky Daye is the latest sensation in contemporary R&B, although his approach easily makes a song have that 90s feel. He’s best known for singles “Roll Some Mo,” “Over” and “Shoulda” featuring Babyface. He’s earned six Grammy nominations throughout his career, taking home an 2022 award for Best Progressive R&B Album for his 2021 LP Table for Two.

Formerly known as the Hyde Park Brew Fest, organizers and founders Dave Jeff and Swain are bringing back their summertime function — after a two-year hiatus — under a new name and location, the Hyde Park Summer Fest at Midway Plaisance on 59th Street and Ellis Avenue. It was previously held on 53rd Street and Harper Court, a mile and half from its new location.

In February, festival organizers gave The TRiiBE a first look at this year’s lineup.

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Although DJ sets have always been a part of the festival, a new addition to the lineup this year is live performances from music artists. Because of that, the event will also be ticketed for the first time.

“In thinking about the long-term viability of the event and growth, we decided to make this a ticketed event, which allows us to bring top-level national and international talent to Hyde Park and to the South Side,” Swain said. 

Additionally, fest goers will hear from some legendary and local deejays spinning live on the ones and twos, including Chicago house music DJ Terry Hunter, Boolu Master, Jay Illa, Mike P,  Mustafa Rocks, DJ BG, DJ Grilla, Malik Shabazz, Wyld Chyld and Deejay Alicia.

2022 marks the 15th anniversary of Lupe Fiasco’s sophomore album The Cool. It was released in December 2007, and features popular tracks such as “Go Go Gadget Flow,” “Paris, Tokyo,” and “Superstar.” Back in September 2021, he performed the album at the Pitchfork Music Festival to commemorate the anniversary.

“To be able to kick this off again in June, and to experience kind of the first real summertime Chi that we’ve had in two years, we are really excited about it,” Swain said.  

The festival got its start back in 2014. When Jeff and Swain started the event, it centered around craft beer. But as the festival grew, they wanted to change the focus to attract a variety of sponsors. The Hyde Park Summer Fest is a celebration of Chicago’s South Side, Swain explained. 

“The interaction just from the community has been great with thousands of views and interactions on our personal pages, the Fest pages, personal phone calls, with people saying that they are going to fly in and make sure that they don’t miss this comeback,” Jeff said. 

For more information about the Hyde Park Summer Fest, visit: hydeparksummerfest.com.

 

is a multimedia producer for The TRiiBE.