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Takin' It to the Streets

Saturday's all-day marathon features an eclectic mix of performances from Mos Def, Brother Ali, Kindred the Family Soul, Tinariwen, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and others.



Produced by the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), the Takin' It to the Streets festival runs from 9 AM-9 PM this Saturday in Marquette Park (6734 S. Kedzie), at 323 acres the largest on the southwest side. Bookings on the fest's four music stages include hip-hop, indie rock, world music, soul, folk, and spoken word, along with a handful of DJs and dance troupes. The Streets Stage, toward the southeast corner of the grounds between California and Kanst, hosts music from 11 AM-8:30 PM, including some of the fest's biggest names: Mos Def, Tinariwen, and Kindred the Family Soul. The Unity Stage (9 AM-6 PM), west of Sacramento and south of Mann, presents Danish hip-hop trio Outlandish, West African percussion from locals Seneke, traditional Japanese drumming by Chicago's Tsukasa Taiko, and others. South of Mann and west of Kanst, the World Music Stage (9 AM-6 PM) hosts the likes of West African guitarist Alpha Yaya Diallo, Amjad Sabri, Turkish multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and Morocco's Orchestre Chabab Al Andalous. Big man Brother Ali headlines the Hip-Hop Pavilion (9 AM-6 PM), west of Sacramento and north of Mann, where other bookings include locals All Natural and Moroccan group Fnaire. The Faith & Justice pavilion just north of the Streets Stage presents "interactive sessions with spiritual leaders, activists, organizers, and community members" from 10 AM-6 PM. The Sports Arena, near Kedzie and Mann, hosts a three-on-three basketball tournament all day that's open to all (preregistration required), and the Family Zone (10:30 AM-5:30 PM), just east of the Sports Arena, offers family-friendly activities like a puppet show, a water-balloon toss, and a potato-sack race. Other festival amenities include the International Bazaar, Prayer Center, and Health & Wellness Fair. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Entrances are on Marquette at Kedzie, Sacramento, and California. For more info, call 773-434-4626 or visit streets2010.com.

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