Sunday, September 3, 2023
Shakti: 50th Anniversary Tour with special guest Béla Fleck
featuring John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan
* Price per person; must reserve full block of 2, 4, or 6
^ Price increases by $5 one week before the event; ticket selection screen shows current price
Dining Reservation Availability
Lawn Bar - Has reservations available! (May be limited to donors.)
Tree Top - Has reservations available! (May be limited to donors.)
Park View - Has reservations available! (May be limited to donors.)
Ravinia is becoming a cashless venue and encourages all guests to bring credit/debit cards or other cashless forms of payment. Cash will not be accepted at The Festival Shop, Wintrust Chair & Table Rental, Dining Pavilion restaurants, and concessions and bars.
Dining/Concessions at Ravinia Festival®
Ravinia Market, Lawn Bar, Tree Top, and Park View are all open. Concession carts and the Scoop Café additionally serve drinks and snacks. The Freehling Room is open to eligible Ravinia donors (for reservations, call 847-432-7655). Please press the button above or call 847-432-7550 for all other dining reservations.
Lawn Video Screens
This performance will be shown live on a large video screen facing the North Lawn in addition to the Pavilion and South Lawn screens.
Subhi, 6:00 p.m. on the Carousel Stage
About the Artist
Shakti, the blazing and ecstatic transcontinental collaboration of virtuoso guitarist John McLaughlin and visionary tabla player Zakir Hussain, forged some of the first and greatest fusions of music from East and West. Having rewired jazz and rock alongside Miles Davis and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, McLaughlin felt the call of music that reflected his evolving spiritual practice and fed an insatiable hunger to explore—and recalled a Greenwich Village connection, what Hussain today calls “a reunion of long-lost brothers.” Hussain had accompanied legendary Hindustani musicians his whole life, and invited in Carnatic violinist Shankar and percussionist Vikku Vinayakram to complete another layer of fusion across Indian music. After three groundbreaking recordings, the group is back—joined by vocalist/composer Shankar Mahadevan, percussionist V. Selvaganesh (Vikku’s son), and violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan—with an album of new compositions and a world tour marking Shakti’s 50th anniversary.
Winning 16 Grammy Awards along the way, Béla Fleck has explored the banjo’s complex global history—tracing its African origins in the 2009 doc Throw Down Your Heart—and become the premier virtuoso on the instrument, unlocking the breadth of its possibilities. For over 30 years, he has led the pioneering Flecktones in jazz, funk, bluegrass, and beyond, with further collaborators including Abigail Washburn, the Brooklyn Rider string quartet, Chris Thile, the Blind Boys of Alabama, McCoy Tyner, Zakir Hussain, Rakesh Churasia, and Edgar Meyer.
Subhi (Carousel Stage)
Plan Your Visit
Traffic and wait times are nothing to worry about when you plan ahead