Set along 18th Street in Pilsen, Mole de Mayo is celebrating its 10th Anniversary from Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26, with its iconic mole competition, a spectacular lineup of local and international artists, plenty of lucha libre, and a artisans market. The donation-based event begins at noon each day. Below, I’ve put together a video playlist of some of the artists featured at this year’s festival, as well as a Spotify playlist. I’ll be featuring individual profiles on each of the artists as the fest approaches.

Mole de Mayo 2019 Playlist

More about Mole de Mayo

Economic Strategies Development Corporation (ESDC) presents its tenth annual Mole de Mayo Festival, the only outdoor mole cook‐off event celebrating Latino culture and Mexican cuisine. Watch a high-caliber of international and local music acts (full list below), walk-through the open air market featuring diverse merchants and artisan vendors and sample a variety of regional or specialty mole dishes from some of Pilsen’s popular eateries and surrounding neighborhoods. Join the frenzied crowd cheer on the high‐flying masked wrestlers (Mexican lucha libre).

Mole de Mayo continues its annual tradition of the mole competition where participants compete for the coveted title and prestigious glazed clay earthenware (cazuela de mole), featuring the winner’s name, by artist Victor M. Montañez. Last year’s winners for the Best Mole was Frida Room, while People’s Choice went to Yvolina’s Tamales.

The festival is set to take place on 18th St. and Ashland Ave. from May 24-26, 2019 in the rich and diverse neighborhood of Pilsen in Chicago.

HOURS

The festival hours are from Noon to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 24, Noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, and Noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. Suggested donation is $5 for individuals and $10 for families.

For more information, visit www.moledemayo.org. Join us on Facebook and Twitter @moledemayo, Instagram @moledemayofest. #moledemayo

MUSIC LINEUP (more TBA)

MAIN STAGES

  • Los Mirlos (Peru)
  • Grupo Fantasma (TX)
  • Groupo Rebolu (NYC)
  • La Misa Negra (California)
  • Sonora Dinamita (Colombia)
  • Buyepongo (California)
  • Chejere (Mexico)
  • Bidi Bidi Banda (Selena Tribute – Texas)
  • Noe Gonzalez & Jacob Hernandez (Mexico)
  • Benjamin Anaya (Mexico)
  • Sonido Isleño (NYC)
  • Dos Santos
  • Connie Parra & The Mambo Express
  • Sones de Mexico (25th Anniversary)
  • Acoplados (WI)
  • Las Bompleneras
  • Tatiana Hazel
  • Quinto Imperio
  • Simantikos Dance Chicago
  • Comparza de Morelos La Original y Su Nueva Generación
  • Nahui Ollin Huehuecoyotl Danza Mexica-Azteca
  • Trio Los Primos
  • Rosalba Valdez
  • Beats y Bateria
  • Chicago Mariachi Project
  • Pyro Beat Ensemble – Fire Dance
  • Rimel
  • Chicha Roots
  • Anima Roja (Theater)

Mole de Mayo Video Playlist

Sonora Dinamita (Colombia)



La Misa Negra (California)


Los Mirlos (Peru)


Grupo Fantasma (TX)


Groupo Rebolu (NYC)


Buyepongo (California)


Chejere (Mexico)


Sonido Isleño (NYC)

Plus…

Bidi Bidi Banda (Selena Tribute – Texas) + Noe Gonzalez & Jacob Hernandez (Mexico) + Benjamin Anaya (Mexico) + Dos Santos + Connie Parra & The Mambo Express + Sones de Mexico (25th Anniversary) + Acoplados (WI) + Las Bompleneras + Tatiana Hazel + Quinto Imperio + Simantikos Dance Chicago + Comparza de Morelos La Original y Su Nueva Generación + Nahui Ollin Huehuecoyotl Danza Mexica-Azteca + Trio Los Primos + Rosalba Valdez + Beats y Bateria + Chicago Mariachi Project + Pyro Beat Ensemble – Fire Dance + Rimel + Chicha Roots + Anima Roja (Theater)

DJ DANCE STAGE

Riobamba (NYC)

Bembona (NYC)

Kinky P

Bumbac Joe

Jamie Hayes

Fanita Banana

DJ Mosko

Future Rootz

Pachanga + DJ Baruch + Rebel Betty

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