Win Tickets to Ed Motta Concert in Chicago this Thursday

$25 in advance | $30 day of | $35 preferred seating 

Ed Motta is a Brazilian musician of musica popular brasileira, rock, soul, funk and jazz. At the end of the 80´s, Ed Motta burst upon the music scene as a major singer and one of Conexão Japeri´s composers and producers. He was an instant success on the carioca show circuit and his 1988 debut album, “Conexão Japeri” (Warner), confirmed it. Songs like “Manuel”, “Vamos dançar”, “Baixo Rio” and “Um love” became big hits. The songs were marked by lavish musicality and introduced strong soul and funk components into the pop-rock scene that was the rage in Brazil at the time. It was soon clear that at age 16, Ed Motta had arrived and was making plans to soar much higher.

Two decades later, not even the most optimistic of optimists could have foreseen he would get this far. Today he is a singer and composer, plays several instruments, makes arrangements and produces music in many different countries. In his own style, while remaining loyal to funk-soul, he mixes influences that vary from jazz to popular Brazilian music, from Hollywood film soundtracks to rock, from classical music to American standards, from bossa nova to reggae. The result of this melting pot of references has already been recognized all over the world and acknowledged in recent tours across Europe, Japan, the United States and South America. Inside studios or on stage, Ed has also played with names such as Roy Ayers, Chucho Valdés, Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick (leader of Incógnito), Ryuichi Sakamoto, Paul Griffin, Bernard Purdie, Bo Diddley, Ed Lincoln, Miltinho, Mondo Grosso, Marcos Valle, João Donato, Dom Salvador, among many others.

Besides music and the stage, Ed has always kept up an online column in “Veja” magazine and presents the weekly radio show “Empoeirado” (on Monday nights, at 8 PM), when he plays rarities from his vast collection of rare vinyl records on São Paulo´s Rádio Eldorado FM (that can also be heard on his site).

Ed’s newest album AOR has been one of the most intricate records he’s ever made. In his own words:

“The mixing rate, for instance, was of one week per song. On most records, especially in Brazil, one day is set aside for each song. I used to work with 2, 3 days. One of the greatest talents that I’ve ever encountered in sound engineering, MarioLeo, was the technician in charge. A shining sound is what you want in AOR culture, just like an extremely low bass is in a reggae recording. In the world of pop music, politeness is wrongly taken for coldness, mannerism. In AOR, technical perfection is a virtue, as in jazz and classical music. I am very lucky to have had great musicians by my side, each one’s signature and accent is indispensable so that my arrangements can take on the life and shape I imagine for them. All of them are outstanding musicians, with personality and their own sound and style. And I got lucky: Chico Pinheiro, the bluesy leader of Incognito took part, as well as legendary guitarist David T.Walker, who has recorded just about everything and a little more of North-American music from the 70’s to the present day.”

Ed Motta will be appearing at Mayne Stage this Thursday October 16 and if you are a Chicago Urbanite follower via this blog, Facebook or Twitter, you can win a pair of tickets!

Just  send an email to claudia@chicagourbanite.com.  The winner will be selected randomly and notified via email.

GOOD LUCK!

Win Tickets to Caravanserai Dance Party

CARAVANSERAI

This World Music dance party derives its name from Caravan Serai, an ancient  roadside motel that gave weary Silk Road travelers a safe place to park their camels, count their furs, and maybe even sip on some wine. Hot food, hand-washing stations, and live music were a must. Luckily for us, sans camels, Chicago has all those things, without having to experience the austere life styles of the vagabonds of yore. So, grab your headdress and gold coins, lace up your leggings, and join a night of music and dance that celebrates the weary traveler in all of us! The dance party lineup includes gypsy surf band Lamajamal, raucous brass/reed sextet Black Bear Combo, abstract international spinmeister DJ Warp and Middle Eastern dance performer Erika Ochoa, among others.

Sunday January 20  from 7  to 11 pm
1200 W. Randolph, Chicago, Illinois 60607
$12

For tickets please visit http://bit.ly/WwS7x1

Chicago Urbanite followers can get free tickets for this party. In other to participate in the drawing, do the following:

  • Enter your email on the upper right side of this page to subscribe to Chicago Urbanite’s blog.
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  • Leave a comment on this post.

The drawing will be this Saturday January 19 so get your comments in quick. GOOD LUCK!

Win Free Tickets to Femi Kuti Concert on January 21st!

Femi Kuti

Monday January 21, 2013 9:30 PM

18 & Over. Valid State/Federal ID required for entry.
Doors open at 8:00 PM.
Also appearing: DJ Warp.

Advanced tickets: $24

Metro Chicago

3730 N. Clark St., Chicago, Illinois 60613

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Femi Kuti is a Nigerian musician and the eldest son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.  Anyone familiar with Femi’s career quickly realizes that he is simply not content coasting in the shadows. This refusal to fade from the limelight pushed him to break free from his father’s legacy and form his own band, The Positive Force. Femi Kuti became an artist in his own right in the ‘90s with his soulful delivery and balance between world influences and enthralling delivery.

A prominent member of the world music scene since the early ‘80s, Femi Kuti has melded afrobeat and jazz with soulful his unique sound embellishments unlike any other figure in world music. Inheriting his father’s social conscience, Femi Kuti is a social and political activist, as well. More than a musician or artist, Femi Kuti has become the artistic embodiment of his home country in the fullest sense.

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force will be appearing at Metro on January 21 and we have tickets to give away!

It couldn’t be easier to enter:

  • Enter your email on the upper right side of this page to subscribe to our blog or join our mailing list!
  • Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @urbclau
  • Leave a comment on this post and  tell us which is your favorite Femi Kuti’s song or why do you like his music.

GOOD LUCK!

Win tickets to Ethiopian-Persian-Gypsy concert!

Venue: Burlington (3425 West Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 )

Date: Sunday December 16, 2012 8pm – 11:30pm

Price: $12

Tigist Bekele was a well­ known rising star at her home country Ethiopia who also went on world tours in early to mid 2000s (including performances in the US). After getting married and becoming a mother, she has been on a hiatus. She is currently residing in Chicago and recording her long-awaited second album to be released in 2013. This concert is a rare opportunity for Tigist’s fans and Chicago world music lovers.

Tewodros Aklilu who just returned from his EU/North African tour with renowned Ethiopian singer Teddy Afro will accompany along with Chicago’s Magic Carpet.

Persian‐Gypsy band Bad Mashadi and electro­‐ethnic solo artist Charles Mantis will open.

Win Two tickets to this Show! 

Just need to be a subscriber of Chicago Urbanite and leave a comment on this post to participate. We will announce the winner tomorrow!

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Win Tickets to Sones de Mexico’s 13 B’ak’tun concert: A Mayan Calendar Celebration

Sones de Mexico Ensemble presents
a spectacular concert experience and light show

13 B’AK’TUN: a celebration of the turning of the Mayan long-count calendar cycle

End of an Era • New Beginning

Sones de México, a two-time GRAMMY award nominated sextet based in Chicago, will present a spectacular concert and a light show in honor of the 13 B’ak’tun. All ages are welcome. This is a show you will not want to miss!

B’ak’tun is a measure of time in the ancient Maya long-count calendar cycle equivalent to 144,000 days (394 years). The current 13th B’ak’tun will mark the completion of a 5,122 year period in December of 2012. While popular culture portrays it as an apocalyptic “end of times,” the Mayans view it more optimistically and see it as a cause for celebration and renewal. Many Mayan communities in Southeastern Mexico and Guatemala are preparing to make special events and festivals to celebrate the 13 B’ak’tun in December.

Sones de Mexico Ensemble joins the celebration with a spectacular show as you have never seen them before. It will be a musical homage to the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Mexico with robotic lights, backlights, and fluorescent paint.

This concert will be filmed for a TV special. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind spectacle

Saturday, December 1, 2012
two 90 min shows/no intermission: 7pm and 10pm
(doors open 30 mins before the show)

Mayne Stage
1328 W. Morse Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626

Tickets at maynestage.com. Advance tickets start at $20.

Win tickets to this Show 
Chicago Urbanite subscribers! You can win tickets to the 10pm show. Enter our Photo Competition and leave a comment on this post to participate. We will announce the winners on November 29. Good luck!

Come to our Rumba Reggae Party tomorrow and help the Afro-Peruvian children of El Guayabo

Underground Wonderbar
710 N. Clark St., Chicago, Illinois 60654

Saturday November 17
8pm-10:30pm

Chicago Urbanite, Chicago’s top blog promoting world music and dance, invites you to come celebrate and be grateful with us! Live music by NuBambu, the hottest rumba-reggae band in Chicago. Cover includes access to all of Underground Wonderbar stages.

Also, we will be filming footage for Nu Bambu’s Music Video and we want YOU to be in it. Come out with your dance moves and support the band’s video. It will be FUN!

DJ Rebolu will throwing down world music

Free giveaways.

50% OFF beautiful Jewelry by Monsieur Pamplemousse. We will also raffle a gorgeous necklace valued at $162!

YOUR ATTENDANCE WILL MAKE CHILDREN FROM PERU HAPPY THESE HOLIDAYS!

We will be collecting donations for Christmas events that will benefit children from Lima and the Afro-Peruvian community of El Guayabo, Chincha (see pics here). Here is a video of these beautiful children dancing and playing their own music:

Cover: $10

50% off to Chicago Urbanite followers who RSVP here (click on “Join”) before 3pm on Nov 17

(Must follow this blog/ like our Facebook page and RSVP to get discount)

Cover includes access to all of Underground Wonderbar stages. After our show, stay for Lonie Walker & her Big Bad Ass Company Band show. Also DJ MWELWA , FLX, and Kino will have their Global Late Nite from 11pm to 5am

Win tickets to Las Guitarras de España and El Payo Concert

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10
8:30 PM
07:00 PM LOBBY DOORS

MAYNE STAGE

BUY TICKETS HERE

Las Guitarras de España and El Payo return to Mayne Stage performing Flamenco rumbas, tangos and even a Sevillana or two for you to dance too! Flamenco dancer, Chiara Mangiameli, owner of Studio Mangiameli, will offer some free basic flamenco dance instruction at 8:30PM. Cellist, Ian Maksin will also be a featured soloist for the evening.

Win Two tickets to this Show!
Just need to be a subscriber of Chicago Urbanite and leave a comment on this post to participate. We will announce the winner tomorrow morning. Good luck!

 

Win tickets to Moulin Rouge Show

Venue: Auditorium Theatre 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60605
Dates: Friday, November 2 – Sunday, November 4, 2012
Times: Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm
Price: $74-$30

Get transported to the turn of the century Paris…a city of exquisite contradiction…when Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet performs Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet. Featuring a French music score, high-kicking choreography and a passionate story of love, aspiration and heartbreak, the ballet tells the story of Matthew and Nathalie as they tempt fate while seeking love at the infamous cabaret – The Moulin Rouge.

Win Two tickets to this Show!
Just need to be a subscriber of Chicago Urbanite and leave a comment on this post to participate. We will announce the winner tomorrow!

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Free Tickets to Lila Downs concert tomorrow October 12

Enter for a chance to win a FREE TICKET to this concert! If you are a blog subscriber, leave a comment on this post to participate. If you are not,  enter your email address where it says “follow blog via email” on this page and then leave a comment.  We will announce two winners here tomorrow Friday October 12 at noon.

Good luck! 

Singer Lila Downs grew up with the culture of her father, a professor from the United States, but eventually turned her back on it to explore the tradition of her mother, a Mixteca Indian from Mexico. In doing so, she has created a very individual strain of song that has indigenous Mexican roots and North American sonorities. Her musical vision is anthropological in nature and as varied as the ancient and earthy cultures that continue to nurture and inspire her. Embracing and highlighting indigenous origins, whether in the U.S. or Mexico, has always been an important aspect of her music, as well as the topics of political and social justice, immigration, and transformation, all rooted in the human condition. She strives to make a meaningful connection with her diverse audiences through her music and performances. “I’m so lucky,” remarks Downs. “People who follow our music are from all walks of life, and they want to scratch the surface to know the whys and hows. Every day we get to connect in so many ways.” For over a decade, Lila Downs has traversed the planet, bringing her dramatic and highly unique reinvention of traditional Mexican music and original compositions fused with blues, jazz, soul, African root, and even klezmer music, all supporting her soaring voice. Some would classify Lila as a Mexican artist, but there is no real way to categorize her music except to say that it is a unique and exciting fusion of international sounds. A musical journey with Lila Downs is always a fascinating one, simultaneously edgy and powerful, yet sumptuous and graceful. Here is the video of her latest single “Zapata Se Queda”:

Lila will perform tomorrow with HURAKAN, a Chicago band that creates experimental-ambient music based on traditional rhythmic danzas (ceremonial dances), combining contemporary beats, poetry and songs with reference to ancient Mexican culture, and social consciousness. Incorporating and preserving native musical instruments such as “panhuehuetl” (Mexican drum), “teponaztli” (wood percussion),electronic synthetizers , along with instruments made of natural elements like stones, shells, clay and wooden flutes.  As the guys from HURAKAN stated, they will be sharing the stage with Lila Downs  on  October 12 (observed as Columbus Day in the United States) “celebrating cultural diversity in the day of the race and resistance!”

Concert information:

LILA DOWNS 

Olympic Theatre
6134 W. Cermak Cicero, IL 60804

Friday October 12, 2012

Doors at 7PM/ Show at 8PM

Ticket price: $40-$65

More info at:

www.rebentonpromotions.com/web/lila-downs/

Find romance and get a free appetizer at Cite Chicago

The other day, my friend Mila invited me to visit her at work. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered  that she works for a restaurant that has one of the best views of the city: Cite Chicago. Located on the 70th floor of Lake Point Tower, right next to Navy Pier on Lake Michigan, Cite has breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of the city and a circular dining area. This is a great place for a romantic date and a great alternative to avoid the crowds visiting the  Signature Room at  the John Hancock building. I would recommend having drink here to watch the fireworks at Navy Pier or just to enjoy the spectacular city’s skyline.

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Another thing that I find interesting about Cite is its cosmopolitan component: the cuisine is French American,  the General Manager Assyrian, the Executive Chef Chilean, and the publicist Ukranian. Cite certainly offers a cosmopolitan fine dining experience and would love to have cosmopolitan urbanites visit their restaurant. That is why Cite is offering a free appetizer with a purchase of two entrees to Chicago Urbanite followers during the month of February. Just mention this blog’s name to take advantage of this offer.  So go ahead, get romantic at Cite. Happy month of Love!

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