His wide-ranging speech called out several institutions, including the federal government, the Chicago Public Schools system and the judicial system.
“This brings back all of our traditions, just makes us feel reminiscent of our family that’s still down in Mexico,” said Jose Luis Diaz, 55.
Director hasn’t found a fully cohesive style for the production that might balance its Old World operetta style with contemporary pacing.
“I wondered if they like hip-hop at Ravinia,” the rapper joked midway during his rousing debut at the suburban concert destination Saturday night.
Before big names deliver their festival-closing sets, smaller names play those same stages, reaching music lovers who may have never heard of them.
The event will be scaled down — one large parking lot instead of two — and feature local musical talent instead of the major names of recent years.