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Annual Music Festival in Chicagoland Returns to Crystal Lake The Largest Event of its Kind - April 9, 2016

April 9, 2016

Local Chicago Music Award Winner welcomes acclaimed international performers to Crystal Lake on April 9, 2016.

Artists will be traveling from Seattle (Gary Gibson), West Virginia (Dr. Ellie Mannette) and as far as Denmark (Gregory Boyd) to perform along side Chicago Music Award Winner Potts & Pans.

At this one day only festival, attendees will have the opportunity to hear groups from across the midwest form a 60+ piece band to perform throughout the day with the featured artists. There is no other festival of this nature and magnitude in the area, and it only comes once a year.

Crystal Lake, IL - April 9, 2016 - 

Great Lakes Steelpan Festival is coming back to Hannah Beardsley Middle School in Crystal Lake, IL on April 9, 2016. The festival is open to all music lovers and starts with free performances at 9:00 am and concludes with an evening concert starting at 8:00 pm. 

GLSF16 is the only music festival in Chicagoland specializing in the steelpan, the musical instrument from the caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago, also commonly called the steel drum. Throughout the day at GLSF16, attendees will hear music ranging from classical to calypso and even original compositions that were commissioned specifically for this festival. The event is hosted by the Woodstock based 501(c)(3) organization, Culture, Arts & Music.

The 2016 Great Lakes Steelpan Festival (GLSF16) will be bringing together performers and educators from 6 states across the US, Trinidad and Tobago, and Denmark. Guest artists include Dr. Ellie Mannette, Gary Gibson, Gregory Boyd, and Potts & Pans Steelband. GLSF16 is packed with free performances and educational workshops starting at 9 am and an evening concert starting at 8 pm.

From steelpan aficionados to casual music lovers alike, GLSF16 is sure to deliver lasting memories and leave attendees yearning for next year. No matter what prior exposure audience members have had to the steelpan, GLSF16 will make every person in the room think a little differently about the instrument and what it is capable of. For more information about the festival, contact information or to purchase tickets at a reduced price, please visit

About Great Lakes Steelpan Festival Great Lakes Steelpan Festival was created to fill the void in top level steelpan performances and educational events in the midwest. Imagined by two midwest panists, that decided to start GLSF in order to create a closer option for bands like theirs, after meeting in Virginia for a different festival.

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