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AN impressive collection of musical talent invades Chicago on June 26 when the B96 Pepsi SummerBash features a host of popular performers at Allstate Arena, including Meghan Trainor, Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris, Iggy Azalea, Charlie Puth, Mike Posner and Daya. The highly anticipated, annual event began in 2006 and over the years has distinguished itself as one of the year’s top concerts. In previous years, some of the hottest entertainers have performed, including Rihanna, Hilary Duff, Ciara, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Kelly Clarkson, the Black Eyed Peas, Akon, Jason Derulo, Chris Brown, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Austin Mahone, Demi Lovato, Ne-Yo, Miley Cyrus, Avril Lavigne, Ludacris and Joe Jonas. For tickets to this year’s Pepsi SummerBash, go to www.ticketmaster.com.
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The Youth Guidance Annual Gala
THE legendary producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist Sergio Mendes performed for two sold-out shows at City Winery as part of his “A Celebration of 50 Years of Brasil 66” tour. One of the most successful Brazilian artists worldwide, the multiple Grammy Award-winning Mendes entertained the Chicago crowd with hits that have distinguished his five-decade career, including “The Look of Love,” “The Fool on the Hill” and “Goin’ Out of My Head.” From the mid-1960s to the late ’70s, Mendes established his international status with his signature mix of bossa nova/samba and pop instrumentation, and his influential album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2012. During the current tour, the iconic musician continues to evolve with new collaborations, and his cool factor is evidenced on his latest album, Magic, which includes guest vocalists John Legend, Janelle Monáe, Ana Carolina, will.i.am (of Black Eyed Peas) and Seu Jorge.
A huge and lively crowd of beer connoisseurs and regular beer drinkers converged on the Garfield Park Conservatory for the seventh annual “Beer Under Glass” event, which was the kickoff to Chicago Craft Beer Week. Presented by Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, “Beer Under Glass” allowed participants to experience the Conservatory’s engaging layout of eight indoor display houses and outside gardens while sipping on a variety of beers supplied by some of the most popular craft breweries in the Chicago area. While enjoying the beer, attendees also satisfied their appetites with tasty morsels from some of the hottest local food vendors, including Connie’s Pizza, Dinky Donuts, Gotta B Crepes and Wishbone. “Beer Under Glass” is a fundraising event that benefits the Conservatory's programming and mission while celebrating Chicago craft beer. Revenue from ticket sales and GPCA membership support GPCA's mission to change lives through the power of nature and connect people to plants.
DURING this year’s Youth Guidance “Bright Futures” Gala at the Palmer House Hilton, more than $514,000 was raised to continue the agency’s mission of supporting youth to help them realize their full potential. Through nationally recognized programs such as B.A.M. (Becoming a Man) and W.O.W. (Working on Womanhood), the lives of hundreds of at-risk youth have been positively impacted. The annual event was co-chaired by Larry and Louise Green, and John and Bozena McLees. NBC 5 broadcast personality Zoraida Sambolin served as mistress of ceremonies, and attendees included Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. Youth Guidance, now in its 91st year of service, is an effective provider of outcome-driven programs that serve more than 8,000 youths in more than 80 schools while, at the same time, impacting the lives of more than 14,000 youths, parents, teachers and community members.
Sergio Mendes' Performance At City Winery
Meghan Trainor Ariana Grande
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is joined by gala co-chairs (left) Larry and Louise Green, and (right) Bozena and John McLees at the "Bright Futures" gala that supports Chicago youths.
B.A.M. student Romel Smith and his mother, and (below) participants in live and silent auctions.