The Mambo Kings to Bring the Heat to Grant Park Music Festival

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As if the temperatures in Chicago haven’t been hot enough, Grant Park Music Festival will bring a considerable amount of heat of its own when it presents the Grant Park Orchestra (GPO) and Afro-Cuban jazz improvisational quintet The Mambo Kings in “Hot Latin Nights.” The sizzling concert Tito Puento’s burning Afro-Cuban jazz, along with the rhythmic playfulness of American jazz great Dave Brubeck, the pop strains of The Beatles, and Cuban Overture by Gershwin. This performance is led by GPO artistic conductor and principal conductor Carlos Kalmar, on Wednesday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

The festival will also present a free pre-concert mambo dance lesson, from 5:15 - 6:00 p.m. at Chase Promenade North Tent on the west end of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, as well as an Associates Council Concert After Party, from 8:00 pm - 10:00 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, which will bring Chicago’s young professionals together for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and mingling after the performance.

Patrons can order One Night Member Passes for reserved seats, starting at $26, by calling 312.742.7647 or going online to and selecting their own seat down front in the member section of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Membership support helps to keep the festival free for all. For every Grant Park Music Festival concert, there are seats that are free and open to the public in Millennium Park’s Seating Bowl and on the Great Lawn, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The open rehearsal of The Mambo Kings: Hot Latin Nights will take place on Wednesday, August 7 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Millennium Park. Audiences are welcome to sit in the Pavilion Seating Bowl during rehearsal, and Festival docents will be on site to talk about the program during rehearsal breaks.

For more information about the Grant Park Music Festival, visit or call 312.742.7647. 

Members of the Afro-Cuban, jazz quintet The Mambo Kings (photo courtesy of The Grant Park Music Festival).