This weekend: Chicago’s Blues Festival and more

The Chicago Blues Festival and CUBE: Chicago Underground Blues Experience

The Chicago Blues Festival, the largest free blues festival in the world and  the largest of Chicago’s Music Festivals is in full swing right now. The local Blues dance community is organizing an event called CUBE: Chicago Underground Blues Experience 2011 in which they serve as guides to all the best our fine city has to offer in live music, local blues joints, evening dances and all-out fun. More information at http://chicagobluesdance.com/CUBE/2011/ andhttp://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/special_events/mose/chicago_blues_festival.html.

GLOBE SONICO @ Cafe D’Noche
2710 N. Milwaukee Ave. 10pm-3am
Join Aguzate & Sound Culture on Fridays and Saturdays as they remix the world!
They’ll be hanging out and playing the best in Afro Latin, Tropical Bass, Global beats and International grooves in the heart of Logan Square.
D’Noche is an intimate lounge that serves up cocktails and pan-latin cuisine. (Kitchen is open until 11 pm). Patio is open.Free Parking in the Rear.
See menu and drink selection: dnochechicago.com 
No Cover, Drink Specials, Friends, Family, and Global Grooves.

Sonic Diaspora at Butterfly Social Club

722 W Grand Chicago 9pm-3am

On the second Saturdays of each month, Brotha Onaci and guest selectahs play the best music of Africa and the African Diaspora, including Afrobeat, High Life, Soukous, Afro-House, Afro-Latin, and much more. This month DJs AfroQbano, Sherwin O and David Nallah Marques will be holding down rhythmic sets to keep you dancing all night long. No Cover

Red Rat (Jamaican Dance Hall Reggae)

Cubby Bear (1059 W Addison St. Chicago) $10-20

Also featuring Chicagos own “Kofi” & DJ Slacky J

Andersonville Midsommarfest 

Clark St. betwen Foster and Balmoral)
Midsommarfest is one of Chicago’s most unique street fairs. Born out of Andersonville’s Swedish heritage, Midsommarfest retains its quaint, international flavor. Old-world Swedish traditions, including a festive dance around the Maypole, are incorporated into an unrivaled array of entertainment for families and adults. Click here for the list of world music performances at this fest, which include Funkadesi , Chicago Afrobeat Project, and Chicago Samba

Chiara Mangiamelli Ensemble
“A spectacular ensemble! Captivating and inspiring… With every move, Chiara Mangiameli brings vitality to the stage. Her performance was spectacular in every regard – from the circle of her wrist to her rhythmic footwork, Ms. Mangiameli captivated every member of our audience!”- Christina Salerno, Director for Salt Creek Ballet.
Uncommon Ground on Devon 9.30pm $15
1401 W. Devon Ave, Chicago

Balkan Sounds Party

DJ Romasoul(Balkan beats via Chicago house) and DJ MG (“Turkish remix master”), two of the most famous Deejays of Balkan origin in the Greater Chicago area are coming together at the Stone Lotus downstairs lounge for one of the most attractive summer kick-off parties of the year.
Stone Lotus 10pm password “balkan” $5 before 11, and $10 thereafter.
873 N. Orleans Street, Chicago

Latin and World music tonight at  ñ

The people at  ñ invite us to another wonderful musical evening with Mauro Frosio trio ( old world music and tango ) and DJ Charrua ( Electronic and Latin beats )They promise a  great atmosphere, authentic Latin food and exotic cocktails along with great Latin music that includes salsa, bachata, merengue, mambo, cumbia and electronic music. No cover

Show starts at 9pm, party until 2am.

Tonight: Music from Bosnia, Colombia, Latin America, and Tunisia

Hello my dear Urbanites! My recommendations for today Saturday are as follows:

Amel Curic last concert in Chicago

Amel Curic’s last concert in Chicago is tonight at Belami Café (5530 N Lincoln Ave). Don’t miss the chance to hear this talented singer perform Bosnian traditional music as well as from the rest of the Balkan region. My friends and I saw his show last week and we had a blast dancing to his music. Not only he performed traditional Balkan songs but he also sang famous covers in English. The show runs from 10pm to 2am.  Cover is $10 and includes one drink of your choice. Here is a video of a couple of songs I could capture that night. The first one is a cover of the Gipsy Kings song “Un Amor”. The second one is a Serbian love song called Vranjanka. I love the passion and emotion that Amel puts in the interpretation of these songs, especially for Vranjanka.

AfriCaribe Fundraiser

Support Africaribe Cultural Center while enjoying a night of great live performance, DJ, Food, and Art. Bomba, Plena, Son Jarocho, Samba, Rumba, Salve and more. Performances by AfriCaribe, Son Del Viento, Chi Caribeña Dance Troupe, Brazilian Samba/Axe, Wemilere, Grupo Capoeira Brazil & Dj Bohique. The event will be held from 7pm to 12am at La Casa Puertorriquena (1237 N. California Avenue Chicago). $7 in advance, $10 at the door. For your convenience you may purchase tickets online

 

Bomba Estereo “el alma y cuerpo tour” w/SOULPHONETICS & The Color Brown

According to Apple ITunes, Bomba Estero is one of the most promising bands to emerge from South America in the new millennium. Bomba Estereo merges sticky cumbia beats with electronica. Direct from Colombia on their “el alma y cuerpo tour”, BOMBA ESTEREO will be performing with Soulphonetics and Leo Suarez at Empty Bottle
(1035 N. Western Avenue
Chicago) at 8pm. $15 in advance and $17 at the door.

Ticket link: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3545795

Najib Bahri’s El Amal – A Tribute to Tunisia

9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

with Master Percussionist Najib Bahri -Darbouka, Bendir, Riqq

featuring Hanna Madbak – Guitar, 
Irina Kom – Dancer
 and Karla G. GarciaDancer

Najib Bahri’s ensemble El Amal (Arabic for “Hope”), performs a wide range of classical and contemporary North African and Middle Eastern music styles, encompassing a unique world-beat fusion expression while remaining rooted in his ethnic art form.
Watch Nahib perform here.


Najib Bahriis a composer, performer and an educator of North African and Middle Eastern rhythms and music folklore. Born in Tunisia, Najib Bahri is an expert in these rhythms, and a master percussionist on the Darbouka (goblet drum), Bendir (frame drum), and Riq (Arabic tambourine) in the Maghrebi, Mashriqi and Khaligi classical and folk styles.

Hanna Madbak is a guitarist, composer and producer of world-beat music. While he was trained as a traditional Flamenco guitarist by Mariano Cordoba, Hanna’s guitar and music composition style has evolved to a musical expression at the intersection of many musical genres and cultures. Hanna’s music stems from a globalized and multicultural perspective. As a firm believer in music as an international language of peace, Hanna is committed to promoting World-Beat fusion as a means of fostering cross-cultural understanding and harmony.

Tickets cost $20. Student/Senior/Member: $15


Tonight: Bosnian music with Amel Curic

Have you ever listened to Bosnian music? Tonight you have the chance to hear a sample of it from one of the most talented voices that this country has. Introducing Amel Curic, a charismatic and very talented Bosnian singer that is currently touring the United States.  I met Amel last Tuesday at Barra Enye, where his impromptu rendering of the Gypsy Kings song “Un Amor” left me with my jaw dropping. This guy can sing with such power and passion that leaves you speechless.
Amel Ćurić  was eight years old when his love towards music started to show. He attended an elementary school for musicians and performed as a bass player and back vocals for several local bands.  His first singing experience happened in 2000 when he performed as a lead vocal for the first time in two popular rock&roll bands from Tuzla, playing with famous guitar player Emir Hot. The first TV reality show Supernova Music Talents (Bosnian Idol) in Bosnia and Herzegovina starts in the year 2003, where out of 8.000 candidates he comes out as a winner and becomes very popular in his country. His professional singing career began soon after. He appears in numerous festivals in Bosnia (BH Radio festival, Music festival in Bihac, Mostar etc) and Montenegro (Festival of Budva). In 2005, with his single “Osmijeh Skriveni”, he becomes the absolute winner of the festival of Bihac. During that same year, he gets the relevant Radio M award for Hit of the year. This is an award given by the executives of the Bosnian radio stations. The following year, his first album called ” Urnebes” hits the stores. This album leads him to another very prestigious award, chosen by the best authors and composers from Bosnia, called “Davorin”, for Best debut album. He also got the award of Hit of the year in the pop-rock music category with his song “Stara ljubav” on Bosnian Music Oscar awards.
Amel is currently touring the United States and is performing in Chicago tonight May 6, tomorrow May 7 and also on May 13 and 14  at Belami Cafe (5530 N. Lincoln Ave). He will be singing Bosnian songs and songs from the rest of the Balkan region (Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia). In his shows, he also sings some famous covers in English. Show runs from 10pm to 2am.  Cover is $10 and includes one drink of your choice. Here are some  professional videos of Amel’s own material and some cover songs that he performs:
This video shows Amel’s guest appearance in the famous Bosnian TV reality show called Big Brother. He is singing a traditional song
And here is a video of Amel singing a cover of David Coverdale’s Sailing Ships song