This is one of the reasons why I love Chicago: The diversity of options for the evening. I wish I could clone myself and go to all of them. Here are my three picks for tonight:
First option:Chicago Flamenco Fusion group EL PAYO is celebrating the release of their new CD at Martyr (3855 N Lincoln Ave). Their fusion represents the integration of the Flamenco rhythms of Spain with the Urban sounds of Chicago. The show will feature local Latin ska band Los Vicios de Papa, and representatives of Sonorama, a Chicago based DJ collective devoted to the best and most danceable in world music. Tickets cost $10 in advance. Buy them here.
Second option: If you want to explore Indian music, go to the party organized by Bhangratheque. The theme of their party is “HOLI – Celebrating India’s Festival of Colors”. This is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Indian festivals. It’s an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and of course a lot of bright colors! The party is at Rednofive Nightclub (440 N Halsted Street). Music by DJ Jimmy Singh & DJ Krush. There will also be Bhangra dance lessons by Ajanta at 9.30pm. Bollywood Groove will raffle free gift certificates to its exciting dance and fitness classes. Tickets cost $5 before 11pm (with RSVP) and $10 after 11pm.RSVP at www.bhangratheque.com
Third Option: Mediterraneo Fridays and Go Live Entertainment present Greek-Serbian night at NV Penthouse Lounge (116 W Hubbard). Tim “DJ CT” Spears, Milwaukee’s DJ Goran V, and Dino “Petsa” will be spinning music until 2 am. Admission is free before 11 pm.
If you decide to go to any of these events, I would love to hear about your experience and see your pictures or videos. You can submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org and if you want, we can have them published here. Have fun exploring Chicago tonight!