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53rd street to host july 25 music festival

Come check out this Sunday’s “Celebrate Hyde Park” music festival, which runs from noon until 9 p.m. on 53rd Street, between Lake Park Avenue and Blackstone Avenue.

Headlining the free, inaugural event will be legendary ’70s Afro-Cuban band “War.” You know their songs, especially “Low Rider” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends.” http://www.wartheband.com/home.html.

“They are icons from the ’70s,” said Carl McKenzie, president of Artworks Chicago. “The music kind of speaks for itself.”

A number of other local artists will perform, including jazz musician Ray Silkman and Parker in the Park, the Natural Science Musical.

The celebration also will include food, family activities and art displays, including handmade jewelry from local vendors. Neighborhood food vendors will include Chant and the Hidden Pearl Café.

In order to accommodate the expected crowd, 53rd Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from Lake Park to Blackstone on both Saturday (a closing time has yet to be determined) and Sunday.

For more information, please contact Wendy Williams at the South East Chicago Commission at 773-324-6926 or Carl McKenzie of Artworks Chicago at 312-642-4907.