Wilde Cabaret: “What the World Needs Now”

Jordan FranciscoChamber Ensembles, Wilde Cabaret

Even if you don’t immediately know the name “Burt Bacharach,” you definitely know his music. The multiple Grammy and Oscar-winning composer had many Top 40 hits throughout his extensive career, including songs for Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Perry Como, and covered by everyone from the Beatles to Barbra Streisand. The majority of the soundtrack for the 1997 movie “My Best Friend’s Wedding” are among his most famous hits (I Say a Little Prayer for You, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, Wishin and Hopin, and What the World Needs Now is Love which was also featured in all of the Austin Powers movies). The world said goodbye to this legend when he passed away earlier this year at 94. As May 12th would have been his 95th birthday, this month, the Lakeside Pride Wilde Cabaret presents a tribute to the amazingly talented Burt Bacharach.

21+. No cover; it’s Sidetrack! 

Location: Sidetrack, 3349 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657
Date & Time: Saturday, May 20th, 2023, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
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Free, +21

About this Season

This year’s season is entitled Rise, which encapsulates the LGBTQ community’s ongoing struggles and its persistence to resolve them, whether that be to survive, to thrive, or to live in harmony with each other. Lakeside Pride is no different, and as we’ve adapted to the pandemic, we find ourselves stronger and more resilient than ever. We continue to be a welcoming family for our members and friends across the Chicagoland area.

We’ve risen to the challenge of keeping our community safe, healthy, strong, and exuberant. We’ve overcome adversity from the pandemic and societal unrest, and continue to use our platform to inspire our members and audiences to join us in our revitalization. We still have lots to do and many barriers to overcome. But by banding together, we can continue to change hearts and minds, grow as a community, and heroically rise to any occasion.

About Lakeside Pride

Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles is Chicago’s premier family of performance groups for members and friends of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. Home to four major ensembles – Jazz Orchestra, Marching Band, Pops Ensemble, and Symphonic Band – plus over a dozen chamber ensembles, the organization offers a diverse musical experience for both its audience and members.


All-gender restroom Yes
A path from the street to the performance spaceYes
Strobe lights and lasersMaybe
Smoke machinesNo

COVID-19 Precautions

  • Please review Sidetrack’s COVID-19 Policy.
  • Vaccines are strongly recommended.
  • Masks are not required but are welcomed.